Designed for tone, earth-friendliness

Huntington Beach, CA (August 22, 2007) - Don Lace of Lace Music Products is rolling out his new Helix basses which are part of his “Lace Red Label Series” of bass designs. The patented Helix basses feature a new body design that incorporates data-system style control knobs, progressive pickups and quality hard woods. The Helix mirrors the style and advanced technology of Lace brand pickups.

Two versions are available. The standard has a bolt-on maple neck (34” scale), mahogany body and a single Alumitone pickup. The premium version has multi-laminated neck-through construction, a mahogany body, dual Alumitone pickups, 3-way selector switches and a master switch for volume and tone. Both models are available in black or a transparent red or blue that highlights the subtleties of the natural wood grain.

Alumitone passive pickups feature a “current driven” design that allows higher fidelity with a tighter top-end, more mid-range and a huge bottom end.

Lace is big on environmentally-friendly details and we’re talking more than just wood. The idea behind his booming Alumitone was the fact that a high end design could eliminate the need for conventional pickups with a preamp and a battery. This also takes about two pounds off the weight of a guitar which not only helps your back but reduces the amount of materials and carbon pollutants involved with shipping. Lace also tells us that design choices like wire selection and electronic components were chosen with a consideration of their production impact on the environment as well as their performance. He says this bass is proof that both concerns can be met resulting in a high-end bass that doesn’t compromise when it comes to sound quality and playability.

Suggested retail prices for Standard and Premium models: $599 and $899 (includes gig bag)

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Lace Music Products

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Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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