Jan
14

Ozark Resonator Bass

I was looking around the Internet and I stumbled across this cool 4 string resonator bass.  It’s constructed of nickel plated steel with a lipstick pickup and a biscuit resonator.  After seeing the videos and hearing the tone of […]

Nov
11

Tree of Sound

Today let’s look at how different woods create different tonal characteristics.  Remember, how the wood looks often has very little impact on how it sounds. Here is a great article from Active Bass member Kasra […]

Sep
6

Tech 21 Bass Boost Chorus

Today let’s look at the Tech 21 Bass Boost Chorus.  Most bass chorus pedals destroy the low end, leaving the audience feeling sea sick and wondering where the bass player went.  This pedal seems to have […]

Aug
12

History of the Fender Precision Bass: 1950’s

The Fender Precision Bass.  The First. The Beginning.  Iconic.  Revolutionary. Let’s take a look at the Fender Precision Bass from its creation in 1951 through its evolution in the 50’s. Below is a interesting and informative article from Fender’s […]

Jun
25

History of the Fender Jazz Bass

Here is a cool piece about the history and evolution of the Fender Jazz Bass. The Jazz Bass is known for it punchy low mids, fast slim neck, and tones ranging from bright (Geddy Lee) […]

Jun
7

Pedulla MVP and Buzz Basses

Today let’s take a look at a couple of basses from Michael Pedulla at Pedulla Guitars. Pedulla has been hand crafting basses in the U.S.A since the mid 1970’s, and his designs are interesting and […]

May
9

Veillette Archtop Bass

Joe Veillette of Veillette Guitars has been designing and building unusual guitars and basses for over 30 years.  I first played his Paris Model bass a few years ago and was struck by the interesting […]

Apr
2

Fender Jazz Bass Shootout

I found this interesting head to head sound test of various Fender Jazz Basses at NoTreble.com. Guitar Bank created this video comparing the following: 2000 USA Jazz – Alder body, Rosewood neck 1995 MEX Jazz – Alder body, […]

Mar
16

Bass Setup: The Basics

Today we’re going to take a cursory look at how to set up your bass.  There are many variables:  nut height, neck relief, saddle height, pickup height, and string length (intonation).  It’s important to understand […]

Mar
2

MXR Bass Octave Deluxe

I was looking into Bass Octave pedals, so I decided to write a post about the MXR Bass Octave Deluxe . Every bassist should have an octave pedal, and MXR’s all analog M288 seems to be a […]

Jan
6

Buying a Used Bass

When students ask me for advice about purchasing a new bass, (either a step up in quality or a different style), I invariably tell them to shop for a used one.  Used basses are a better […]

Dec
4

Musicvox Space Cadet

I’ve been reading a lot about the Musicvox Space Cadet Bass lately, so I thought we should take a look at this interesting instrument.  The Space Cadet is a 12 string electric bass with four courses of three strings.  […]