February 2019

Articles by Heiko Hoepfinger

Bass Bench: Bass Ramps--Right for You?

February 14, 2014
This simple add-on improves speed, consistency, and tone quality for some players.
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Bass Bench: The Future of Bass, Pt. 2

January 10, 2014
When it comes to exploring innovation in the bass realm, how far are you willing to go?
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Bass Bench: The Future of Bass

December 18, 2013
Where is bass design headed and why should you care?
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Bass Bench: Dropped-Tuning Delirium

November 22, 2013
Hey, low-enders! Discover the sonic and creative benefits of detuning your bottom string.
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Bass Bench: Beef Up Your 4-String

November 1, 2013
You can extend the range on a bass without adding more strings. Check out the pros and cons of several approaches and read what Michael Manring says about the emotional power of altered tunings.
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Bass Bench: Name That Bass

September 25, 2013
Sure, we’ve all seen oddball instruments, but it’s rare to find a bass this weird.
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The Bass Bench: Adding a Trem System to Your Bass

September 6, 2013
Ever think about adding a whammy bar to your bass? Discover what’s available and learn the pros and cons of different trem technologies.
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Bass Bench: Forgotten Gadgets—The Bass Whammy

August 9, 2013
Bass trems may seem like a gimmick at first, but there's more to them than meets the eye.
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String Nut or Zero Fret?

July 5, 2013
The zero fret takes care of the intonation and, more importantly, establishes the correct and minimal string height.
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Can You Find Your New Bass at a Music Expo?

June 14, 2013
The once “closed” fairs are gradually turning into events that focus more directly on consumers.
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Further Adventures in Fretboard Design

May 11, 2013
Several alternative approaches to the pesky problem of bass intonation.
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Tuning the Fretboard

April 15, 2013
Some creative minds have come up with interesting ideas that at least shed some light on our workspace and its limitations.
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The B-String Extender Myth

March 11, 2013
While adding higher-pitched strings to a bass was a no-brainer, the low B often caused problems.
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Custom or Boutique?

February 4, 2013
LEFT: For an instrument to be boutique, it should be in some way personal. MIDDLE: Mike Sabre builds basses with passion. This is his new Dominique Di Piazza Signature
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The Ergonomic Bass

January 9, 2013
The idea that one instrument can be optimized for all musical styles, situations, and players is an illusion, and many new luthiers have to learn this the hard way.
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Bass Guitar Bodies: Fact or Fiction?

December 10, 2012
And when it comes to an instrument being qualified for a style of music, it’s odd how the body’s shape and color can delude us.
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Bass Necks: Adjustability and Resonance

November 5, 2012
Fig. 1: Do you like to experiment? Try shifting a neck’s resonance by adding temporary mass with a clamp. In their quest for tone, most bass players experiment by
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What the Heck is with that Neck?

October 8, 2012
Fig. 1: Standard neck shapes. Fig. 2: A trapeze neck profile. Fig. 3: A wave neck profile. Do you remember how you chose your first bass? There’s a good
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Piezo and Optical Bass Pickups

September 5, 2012
The piezo transducer has mainly found its niche in acoustic instruments, while optical pickups still fight for visibility.
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Choosing Magnetic Bass Pickups

August 10, 2012
Once you’ve stated your goals, you can investigate how manufacturers describe their products and then figure out how your goals and these descriptions fit together.
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