April 2019
Heiko Hoepfinger

Heiko Hoepfinger

Heiko Hoepfinger is a German physicist and long-time bassist, classical guitarist, and motorcycle enthusiast. His work on fuel cells for the European orbital glider Hermes led him to form BassLab (basslab.de)—a manufacturer of monocoque guitars and basses.

ARTICLES

Bass Bench: Tone, Tops, and Trends

July 28, 2017
Ah, nothing beats the sound of highly figured wood. Maybe.
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Bass Bench: The Local Tonewood Challenge

June 23, 2017
Can you hear the difference between instruments made from either tropical or non-tropical woods?
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Bass Bench: Yo! Another Universal Guide to Great Bass Tone

May 23, 2017
Is there a shortcut to great sound and feel?
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Bass Bench: Gig Preparedness

May 5, 2017
Being ready to step onstage involves more than knowing the material and how to dial in your tone.
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Bass Bench: Neck Joints, Science, and Sound Opinions

April 17, 2017
Analyzing instruments in the lab can yield intriguing data, but when it comes to real-world choices, your ears should have the final say.
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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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