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Bass Player April 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.

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United Kingdom
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English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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editor

As the editor of not one but two magazines devoted to the mighty bass guitar, I’m often asked if I think that the bass movement is progressing or stagnating. It’s a relevant question, because we bass players have high regard for the pioneers of our sound. The answer is clear to me, though—we bassists are moving purposefully into the future, with eyes and minds wide open. Look at this issue’s cover star Tal Wilkenfeld as the perfect example of this progression. She’s talented and driven, of course, but then so are hundreds of bass players. What defines Wilkenfeld is her understanding of what bass means. Do bass frequencies need to come from a bass guitar? Similarly, do bass guitars need to emit low frequencies? It’s crucial to be aware that these…

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the lowdown

SPLIT VOTE Gionata Quercetani is the inventor of the TravelBass, an electric upright bass project currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. As he tells us, “TravelBass is the first electric upright bass that can be disassembled and carried with you, even on a plane as carry-on baggage, thanks to its patented splittable fingerboard. It sounds exactly like a regular acoustic double bass, thanks to its powerful acoustic chamber, refined by hand by Italian luthiers.” In the wake of our flightcase roundup last month, itself inspired by “robust” treatment of our bass gear by airline baggage handlers, this sounds highly interesting... www.travelbass.it BROOKSY ON BASS After months of playing, you may notice that your fingerboard loses its lustre. Although it can be lubricated and cleaned at any time, it’s obviously easiest to do this when…

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basswatch

Every month, keen bass-spotter Ray Walker brings us an online bargain Marvit Apofi PJ-4C $2,050 https://tinyurl.com/y9qb7rnq Hey, basswatchers! Check out this wonderful Marvit Apofi PJ-4C bass. This hand-made beauty boasts an alder body and neck with an eye-catching Canadian spalt maple top and a beautiful ebony fretboard. It sports lightweight Schaller bridge and tuners, said to be 40 percent lighter than their standard versions, which give this bass great balance. The addition of Aguilar P/J hum-cancelling pickups and circuitry provide outstanding tonal options. Luxurious!…

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lowlife

Welcome back to the Low Life! This month, we’re tackling the complex issue of live bass tone. Now, this is an incredibly subjective thing for many bass players, and one person’s idea of a great bass tone is different to another’s. But let me pose a question – have you ever been to a show to watch a band and struggled to pick out the detail in the bass part? If this sounds familiar, then you’ll want to make sure that you don’t fall foul of this. You may be concerned that all of the hard work you’ve put into your lines could be lost on an audience if your tone doesn’t cut it. This is something I overcame in the early days of Tax The Heat, thanks to the legendary…

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the woodshed

It’s long been held that keeping a stiff upper lip is a sign of character—of stoic, unflappable cool. Stiff guitar necks have also been promoted as cool, particularly those with hidden assets, embedded deep within, buttressing against outside forces that conspire to pull them out of adjustment. But how do graphite and steel stiffening rods contribute to the stability and dependability of a wooden neck? And are they really necessary? Guitar necks have been successfully fabricated without reinforcing rods for years. Plenty of acoustic guitar necks have been made with no reinforcement of any kind, not even a truss rod. The longer scale and higher tension of bass guitars make their necks poor candidates for such a cavalier practise, but it is possible to create a stable and dependable neck with…

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bass of tomorrow

“I‘ve played a Fender Precision for years—I’m a big fan of Fender basses, because they’re so good at what they do—but when you look at instruments like these, they’re so unimaginative. I used to get frustrated by the lack of availability of designs that were more than essentially a plank and a neck.” That’s what motivated British former Royal Navy aircraft engineer Michael Gillett to move from working with helicopters to creating some of the market’s most intelligently-constructed bass guitars. His initial goal was to make an ergonomically-friendly bass, which gradually evolved into the Gillett instruments we see today, as he explains: “What I really wanted to do was to look at people of all shapes, sizes, and ages, who are all ergonomically different, and say: ‘How can I make an instrument…

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