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Bass Player

November 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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€ 7,76(Incl. btw)
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13 Edities


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Some bands write music that is catchy, other bands write music that is intellectually challenging, but very few manage to successfully combine the two. Tool is one of that elite, which helps to explain the huge anticipation that has built up over the last few months for their new album, Fear Inoculum, which was recently released a full 13 years after its predecessor. How many other bands can get away with that and still pack out stadiums? Whatever Tool’s secrets are, we want to know them—and in this issue of Bass Player magazine, Justin Chancellor digs deep for us to give an exclusive cover interview, one of our most revealing in some time. As always, our aim is to cover all of bass world in these pages, so to that end…

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bass player

Editor Joel McIver joel.mciver@futurenet.com Managing Editor Jacob Barlow Technical Consultant Stuart Clayton Contributors to this issue Antonio Angotti, Silvia Bluejay, Mike Brooks, Stuart Clayton, Hywel Davies, Daniel Firth, Ruth Goller, Stuart Hamm, Joe Hubbard, Kevin Johnson, Steve Lawson, Jon Liebman, Phil Mann, Michael McKeegan, Joe Shooman, Dave Swift, Bryan R. Tyler Graphic Designers Rosie Webber, Mixie Von Bormann Cover image Travis Shinn Studio Photography Future Studio Advertising Sales US Chief Revenue Officer Luke Edson luke.edson@futurenet.com Advertising Director Jonathan Brudner jonathan.brudner@futurenet.com, (917) 281-4721 Advertising Director Mari Deetz mari.deetz@futurenet.com, (650) 238-0344 Advertising Director Jason Perl jason.perl@futurenet.com, (646) 723-5419 Advertising Director Scott Sciacca scott.sciacca@futurenet.com, (646) 723-5478 Chief Content Officer Aaron Asadi Brand Director, Music Stuart Williams Content Director, Music Scott Rowley Head of Art Rodney Dive Commercial Finance Director Dan Jotcham Group Art Director Graham Dalzell…

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the lowdown

FLEA (SOUND)BITES Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, and living legend Flea, releases his autobiography on 5 November. Acid For The Children is said by its publisher, Grand Central Publishing, to include “jazz-inflected prose” (lots of minor sixths, then). Flea, a supremely talented musician who influenced a generation of funk bassists, covers his early years in the book, ending where the Chilis begin; let’s hope Volume 2 comes along soon. @flea333 JACKSON FIVES Megadeth’s David Ellefson has partnered with Jackson for a new signature bass, the CBXM IV and V. The design of the new X Series Signature Ellefson Concert Bass reflects its owner’s high-speed, high-precision playing style, featuring a resonant poplar body with an upper contour, that provides a stable anchor for pick, or fingerstyle playing. There’s also a graphite-reinforced bolt-on quartersawn maple…

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low life

It’s Low Life time again! We’ll be following on from last month and continuing the theme of Pre-Performance Preparation. On this occasion, I’ll be looking specifically at making our practise and rehearsal as efficient as possible, in order to make our live performances tight and professional. Here are some key points to make that happen: PLAN Consider going into the rehearsal studio with a plan of what you are going to be rehearsing. You may wish to concentrate on things like going through a set for a show, working out new material, preparing a cover track or even more intricate details such as dialling in sounds with the gear you use live. Without a plan, rehearsals become aimless and you will fail to make the same amount of progress as you would…

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the forums

NO TREBLE KEVIN JOHNSON Kevin Johnson considers the real value of bass gear As news continued to trickle in from the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, there were several new pieces of gear that caught the attention of No Treble readers: the Boss SY-1 Synthesizer pedal, the Ampeg 50th Anniversary SVT, and the Vox Starstream basses, to name a few. However, there was one bass that really caused a commotion. The Fender Custom Shop Phil Lynott Precision Bass is a limited edition instrumented crafted by master builder John Cruz, who recreated the late Thin Lizzy frontman’s axe in precise detail. That includes a two-piece select ash body with a lacquer finish, a handwound ’78 P-Bass split-coil pickup, and a rift-sawn maple neck with a round-lam rosewood fingerboard. The bass is finished in black with…

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bass of tomorrow

There are legends of the bass game, and then there’s Roger Sadowsky. A lifetime at the worktable has garnered him a reputation that most of us could only dream of. Starting up back in the early 70s making acoustic guitars with Augie LoPrinzi of LoPrinzi Guitars, it was in 1982 that he began to make basses for the first time, having worked on a Fender Jazz for a 17-year-old Marcus Miller two years prior. His mantra is simple, direct and elegant: “Roger… don’t f*** up!” “Marcus asked me to make his ’77 J-Bass the best it could be,” recalls Sadowsky. “I suggested we retrue and refret the fingerboard, put on a better bridge, and install an active tone circuit. He gave me the green light and I like to say that…