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Bass Player March 2019

Bass Player is the world's most comprehensive, trusted and insightful bass publication for passionate bassists and active musicians of all ages. Each issue delivers the latest tips and techniques that are guaranteed to make you a better player.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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One of the perks of working on this magazine is the variety of musicians that we get to meet. Soul, jazz, blues, rock, R&B, funk, reggae, and metal bassists—as well as those who defy categorization—it’s a privilege to spend time with all of them. Our only problem is that we could fill a magazine a month with hundreds of talented bassists and still not cover all the ground we’d like to. That’s why we’ve got two bass players rather than one on our cover this month. Johny Chow of Stone Sour and Chris Childs of Thunder, worthy representatives of two generations of rock bass, come together in a monster bass summit. Flip the pages and you’ll find we’ve also spent quality time with the Colombian genius Snow Owl, original Alice Cooper…

the low down

HAMMPLIFIED BP and BGM columnist, bassist supreme and all-round hero in our world Stuart Hamm has announced his new signature amp from Markbass, available now. “Markbass has finally given me the sound that I have been looking for!” says our man. “The S.T.U. Amp 1000 has beautiful solid-state and tube sounds that can also be blended together to create the sound that I need, according to the musical situation. And the cabinet is a groundbreaking and lightweight 2x15 cab that has more clarity and punch than any 4x10 or 8x10 I’ve played.” http://www.markbass.it/product-detail/mbstu-amp-1000/ BLAME IT ON THE... Mesa/Boogie has several new Subway bass amp variants: the WD-800 amp, Ultra-Lite 2x12, 2x15 vertical and 4x10 cabs, and the Subway+ Bass DI-Preamp. The WD-800 is like a powered-up version of Mesa’s Walkabout bass head, pairing a…

shop talk

THIS MONTH: Morten Ehlers, Bass Buddha I was a pro bass player until I turned 30 and came to terms with the fact that I wasn’t cut out to be a touring musician. I decided to get an education as an electronic technician—probably the best decision I ever made! It turned out that there was an internship available at TC Electronic in Aarhus, Denmark. At the time TC were building the first mockup of the RH450 amp head. After a couple of months I was assigned to the project, since I had experience as a bass player. The years passed and eventually I became the product manager of all bass-related products at TC, traveling to essential events such as Bass Player Live, the London Bass Guitar Show and the NAMM Show.…

low life

Hello, fellow bassists, and welcome! We bass players are not commonly known for our stage presence. I appreciate that this statement is a sweeping generalization—Flea, Victor Wooten, Robert Trujillo, Verdine White, and Billy Sheehan are just some bassists who buck the trend. But there’s some truth to the idea that bass performers aren’t the most outgoing musicians, so what I want to focus on with this new page is how we can become more effective performers on stage. The first question to consider is whether we’re trying to find our own authentic way of performing, or whether we’re simply aiming to be more visually in keeping with an existing band of musicians. You can extend this to include stylistic considerations for performance, and whether what we’re doing on stage is appropriate…

bass of tomorrow

“I started making basses about 30 years ago. I’m a bass player myself, so I was always trying to find better instruments to play,” explains Péter Gáspá when we ask about his past history of making bass guitars. “I wasn’t satisfied with what I could find when I started playing bass. I made my first bass back in ’82 and I started making holes in it, replacing pickups—and that’s where it began for me.” Blasius consists of three luthiers—Balázs Mihály, Zoltán Mihályi and Gáspá. Mihály, who founded the company over 30 years ago, follows the philosophy that basses should be treated as acoustic instruments in their own right. To him and his colleagues, the resulting tonality resonates far more naturally, equating to a superior-sounding instrument. “PEOPLE CAN COME IN EVERY WEEK TO…

no treble

The No Treble community mourned this month as the world lost another giant of the bass: Joe Osborn, who played on countless hits from the 60s and beyond, died of pancreatic cancer at 81 years old. Osborn was a native of Louisiana, where he spent his final days, but is best known for his studio work in Los Angeles, California. His first major hit came in 1961 with Ricky Nelson’s ‘Travelin’ Man’, which he had found as a demo and suggested to Nelson. After the band dissolved Osborn was able to do more freelance work. He quickly became a first-call musician alongside others like drummer Hal Blaine and keyboardist Larry Knechtel. The same handful of players, who recorded nearly every hit of the 60s and early 70s, would later be known…