The limited-edition model features a high-register scalloped fretboard, DiMarzio Woofer and Will Power split pickups, and dual outputs.

Buena Park, CA (October 2, 2020) -- Yamaha today introduced the Attitude 30th bass celebrating the company’s 30-year instrument collaboration with Billy Sheehan, one of the most acclaimed bassists in rock music.

Sheehan, known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Niacin, Sons of Apollo and The Winery Dogs, has been a Yamaha artist for 36 years. He first experimented with features such as scalloped fingerboard and dual outputs on his original, heavily customized bass, which he affectionately refers to it as “The Wife,” and brought these defining elements to his signature Yamaha Attitude series.

“The Wife” is the inspiration behind the Attitude 30th, and with the help of Pat Campolattano, senior designer and luthier, Yamaha Guitar Group, the new bass incorporates the design elements, playability and feel that met Sheehan’s playing standards, as well as the quality he had come to expect from his signature model.

“After all the joys of playing the Attitude bass for three decades and over a thousand shows around the world, I’m so pleased to see the release of the Attitude 30th Anniversary edition — to pay tribute to its roots, and pave the way to the future for myself and the hundreds of Attitude players around the world,” says Sheehan.

The Attitude 30th bass was crafted in Japan and features a sunburst finish that is complemented by a multi-ply tortoise pickguard and nickel-plated hardware, a vintage-tinted maple neck with a high-register scalloped fingerboard, DiMarzio Woofer and DiMarzio Will Power split pickups, and dual outputs. A limited run of 30 basses marks this major anniversary. Each bass features exclusive accessories, including a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by Sheehan, as well as a signed second pickguard.

“Yamaha has savored its long-term relationship with Billy, and we are honored to craft this premium instrument which is a tribute to one of the true innovators of the electric bass,” said Arthur Morin, marketing manager, guitars, Yamaha Corporation of America. “This Attitude 30th bass will appeal to musicians who long for a limited-edition model and an exclusive artist experience.”

The Attitude 30th (MSRP: $7,000) is now shipping.

Watch the company's video demo:

For more information:
Yamaha

A compact pedal format preamp designed to offer classic, natural bass tone with increased tonal control and extended headroom.

Read MoreShow less

In high cotton: Charlie Musselwhite is thoroughly content with his return to the Delta. “We love living here,” he says. “It just makes sense, and it feels like the blues is alive and well in the Delta and you can just feel it rising up from the earth, it’s so present.”

Photo by Rory Doyle

On his new album, Mississippi Son, the harmonica giant steps out on guitar, evoking the legends of country blues 6-string and earning his place among them.

For Charlie Musselwhite, the blues isn’t just a style of music. It’s a sacrament. And Musselwhite is one of its high priests. With a palmful of bent notes on the harmonica—the instrument on which he’s been an acknowledged master for more than a half-century—or the fat snap of a guitar string, he has the power to summon not only the blues’ great spirits, but the places they rose from. If you listen closely, you can envision the Mississippi Delta’s plantation lands, where the summer sun forms a shimmering belt on the low horizon and even a slight breeze can paint your face red with clay dust. It’s a place both old and eternal—full of mystery and history and magic. And the music from that place, as Musselwhite sings in his new song “Blues Gave Me a Ride,” “tells the truth in a world full of lies.”

Read MoreShow less

The green machine that haunted the pedalboards of mid-’00s experimentalists is back—better and smaller.

Loads of delay voices. Easy to jump in and get great sounds. Looper function is a classic.

Tweak and tweez functionalities leave a lot to memorize. Reverb functions could benefit from their own controls

$299

Line 6 DL4 MkII
line6.com

5
4
4
5


Read MoreShow less
x