November 2018

Articles by Heiko Hoepfinger

Bass Bench: Can You Hear the Difference Between Various Neck Joints?

March 3, 2017
Sometimes our long-held assumptions about how instrument construction affects tone can be wrong.
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Bass Bench: The Pros and Cons of Neck Joints

February 10, 2017
It’s worth pondering why builders choose set-neck, bolt-on, or neck-through construction.
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Bass Bench: Time to Put Your Bass on a Diet?

January 6, 2017
Explore the pros and cons of pursuing a weight-loss regimen.
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Bass Bench: Shh! The Secret of Asymmetrical Neck Relief

December 9, 2016
Computer analysis can help us adjust a bass for optimally low action.
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Bass Bench: Straight or Bowed Neck?

November 4, 2016
Here’s how to adjust your truss rod for a low-action setup.
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Bass Bench: The Magic Truss Rod

October 28, 2016
How does the relentless pull of bass strings affect the mechanically weakest part of the instrument?
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Bass Bench: Alternative Strap Systems

September 9, 2016
If standing for hours with a neck-heavy bass is causing you back pain, here are some solutions.
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Bass Bench: The Gravity of Back Pain

August 12, 2016
Most basses are heavy and unbalanced. Should you be concerned about how this affects your body?
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Bass Bench: Searching for Resonance

July 8, 2016
Is it possible to enhance sustain by recirculating string vibration?
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Bass Bench: The Perils of Tech-Speak

June 17, 2016
Being a musician requires more than instrumental skill—you have to master terminology from many disciplines and understand the ideas they represent.
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Bass Bench: A Staccato Blast from the Past

May 13, 2016
What was it about the old-school bass masters that made them so darn funky?
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Bass Bench: Myths and Facts of Cryogenic Treatment

April 22, 2016
It would be easy to call cryogenically treated hardware “snake oil,” but perhaps that’s not fair.
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Bass Bench: Cold Facts About Strings

March 11, 2016
Can ultra-low temperatures benefit your instrument’s tone?
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Bass Bench: Passive Distortion

February 12, 2016
Can you generate onboard overdrive with no batteries?
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The Holy Grail Guitar Show: Berlin, Take Two

December 28, 2015
Europe’s exclusive boutique guitar trade show had a bold and beautiful second year.
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Bass Bench: Decoding Fender’s Greasebucket and TBX Circuits

December 25, 2015
Can you really expand your sound with a passive control?
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Bass Bench: Passive Interplay

December 4, 2015
There’s much to consider when pondering the merits of active versus passive bass guitar circuits.
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Bass Bench: Exploring Passive Tone Controls

November 13, 2015
What can bassists learn from popular tone-circuit mods for guitar?
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Bass Bench: How to Adjust Your Pickups

October 2, 2015
There’s more to this essential setup step than meets the eye (or ear).
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Bass Bench: Mysterious Magnetism

August 21, 2015
What really happens if you move those pickups as close as possible to your strings?
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