Even though the Marleaux Consat Soprano bass, shown on the bottom, has a 22.44" micro scale, it feels surprisingly familiar. The Consat Signature, at left, has a 34" scale length.

Photo courtesy of marleaux-bass.de

Our columnist debunks some of the many myths surrounding Leo Fender's P-bass design.

Why is it that the majority of today's basses have a 34" scale? The quick answer would be: Because the popular Fender Precision bass had a 34" scale, and most manufacturers simply followed this layout. Then, the question becomes, why did the original Precision—introduced in October 1951—come with a 34" scale? There are lots of speculations on why it ended up with this specific scale and many of these are conflicting. Most of them have questionable and hard to verify sources but unveil lots of creativity.

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Ethereal drones, big reverbs, and plenty of dissonance go into this often-underappreciated style.

Beginner

Beginner

• Produce ambient music using both acoustic and electric guitars.
• Generate atmospheric soundscapes using real-time layering techniques with delays and loops.
• Explore a condensed history of ambient music.

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Ambient guitar means different things to different players, which suggests that there is a wide range of approaches to this rather ambiguous genre. In this lesson we'll explore an array of diverse stylistic practices within the idiom and discover how to create ambient music using the guitar.

"Ambient music must be as ignorable as it is interesting." —Brian Eno

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At The Gates' Martin Larsson - The Big 5

A big, self-deprecating, riff-chugging teddy bear, the rhythm ace for Sweden's legendary death-metal outfit erroneously calls himself "the most boring guitar interviewee" ever.

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Leo Fender could be called the father of the modern electric guitar for many reasons. Chief among them, he made the instrument popular and set up a system for mass production to build great instruments in large numbers.

Photo courtesy of Bob Perine and FMI

In honor of Fender's diamond jubilee, let's glimpse back into history to celebrate the man behind the company that started it all.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. This year, Fender is celebrating its 75th anniversary. In honor of that, let's take a deeper look at some Fender history—exploring some myths and urban legends, all while celebrating the man behind the company that started it all: Mr. Clarence Leonidas Fender (or, as the world called him in short, "Leo").

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From founding classic-rock titans Heart, to forming her band Roadcase Royale, to scoring films, Wilson has been making music for more than half a century. Now comes her first solo album, You and Me, which includes a fingerstyle tribute to a dear friend, Edward Van Halen.

Nancy Wilson is a bona-fide rock legend. From founding classic-rock giants Heart—alongside her sister, Ann Wilson—to four Grammy nominations, being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, and scoring films, this 6-stringer has had a legendary career. And now she is releasing her first solo album, You and Me.

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Rig Rundown - Teenage Bottlerocket

These Fat Wreck-label punkers keep it stupid simple with single-humbucker, classic-custom recreations for their ripping Ramones downstrokes and pogo-ready choruses.

Wyoming has a punk-rock scene? Well, if it does, Teenage Bottlerocket are its seminal stars.

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