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Bass Player

August 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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13 Issues


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I’ve noted here on many occasions that the ‘quiet bassist’ is a cliché. I’m not denying it this time, though—because in the case of Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton, it’s an apt label. Not for Hamilton the career-threatening excesses some of his band-mates indulged in, nor any on-stage antics beyond the occasional wave to the crowd. In his case, enough thrills come from his huge, rock-solid bass parts, and keeping the entire, unruly show on the tracks. Frankly, if you or I were asked to hold down a rock band of Aerosmith’s level of crazy for 50 (yep, 50!) years, ending up with a massive residency in Las Vegas, I’d hope that we would focus on the important stuff too. This month, we hear how Tom keeps it all together. The cast…

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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, Rob Elrick, Daniel Firth, Ruth Goller, Stuart Hamm, Joe Hubbard, Kevin Johnson, Steve Lawson, Jon Liebman, Phil Mann, Michael McKeegan, Nik Preston, Richard Purden, Joe Shooman, Dave Swift, Bryan R. Tyler, Ray Walker Graphic Designers Rosie Webber, Mixie Von Bormann Cover image Getty 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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in the grooves

NEW ALBUM Jasmine Cain, Seven (2019) Rocking, bluesing, and low-end-heavy at all points in between, South Dakota-born bassist and songwriter Jasmine Cain delivers the goods in style. OLD ALBUM Kings X, Dogman (1994) If Jimi Hendrix had lived to play bass in the grunge era, he might well have come close to the all-round amazingness of Doug Pinnick. REALLY OLD ALBUM James Brown & The Famous Flames, Please Please Please (1958) Edwyn Conley’s bass may lack the air of insanity of Bootsy Collins’ playing with the late JB, and Brown’s songs here might lack the political fervour of his late-60s albums, but this snapshot of an emerging genius is great.…

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the low down

GENERAL LEE The great Lee Sklar has two new signature Warwick basses on the way, the Teambuilt Artist Series Sklar Bass I. Based on the Masterbuilt Sklar Bass I, the Teambuilt four-string comes with vintage sunburst transparent high polish, or burgundy blackburst transparent high polish finishes. It has a mahogany body, and the usual range of exotic woods, including an AAA flamed maple top, a maple set neck with ekanga veneer stripes, and a tigerstripe ebony fingerboard. Two active MEC vintage single-coil pickups and active MEC 2-way electronics provide the loud noises. There is also a RockBass variant. Prices as we get them. www.warwickbass.com BASSWATCH Every month, keen bass-spotter Ray Walker brings us an online bargain Mayones Victorious 4, $1,500 [approx] Ahoy low-enders, up this month is the mouthwatering Mayones Victorious 4. This Polish-built…

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low life

Good to see you again, bass players of the gigging world! This month, I will be taking you through the familiar concept of a support slot, and the unspoken etiquette that comes with it. For a lot of musicians, this tends to be the most common way of gigging, at least until you work up to the dizzy heights of headlining. Whether it’s as a one-off support gig for a visiting band, or part of a tour where you’ll be supporting every night, both roles share a lot of the same responsibilities. Here are my top five tips for making the most of these opportunities and building a positive reputation for you and your band. PROMOTION This has changed considerably over the last few decades, going from predominantly tangible means, such as…

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the forums

NO TREBLE KEVIN JOHNSON Kevin Johnson brings the QT from NT No Treble readers were craving bass gear this month, and they got it. First up was the news of Gallien-Krueger’s newest line of bass amps, the Legacy Series. Available in 500, 800, or a whopping 1200 watts, the lineup’s launch coincides with the 50th anniversary of bass amp designs by Bob Gallien. As such, the company explains, the amp shares some DNA with their flagship 800RB. Readers also loved an ‘Old School’ column featuring a vintage 1965 L Series Fender Jazz bass with a 60s Precision neck. Owner Gary Shea shared the story of the bass he calls ‘The Palomino’, but if modding old basses makes you queasy, skip the next sentence. Shea sanded off the finish, put on a Tele pickguard and…