Our contestants have completed their entries in the TalkBass Winter Build Off 2018! The theme was “Walnut Free for All” - the entrants were asked to build any style bass as long as the body was at least 65% walnut, and the neck was at least 65% walnut.
Please review each of the builders pages listed in the thread, and vote for the 3 instruments you like the best! Winners get lots of cool prizes!
SpectraDrive Bass Preamp and Line Driver is a powerful tone tool for serious bass players in search of an exceptional sounding and ultra-flexible preamp pedal.
Lifted directly from our awesome BH800 bass head, the preamp section features a 4-band intelligent EQ for surgical tone sculpting and TonePrint compression courtesy of our mighty SpectraComp.
But the real power of SpectraDrive is the custom built studio-grade DI with switches for pre/post-EQ, ground/lift, and line/instrument level, which allows you to control your sound through the house PA from the stage.
Add to that a TonePrint TubeDrive circuit with a separate footswitch to cover your low-end in an array of different dirts while the built-in BonaFide Buffer keeps your tone crisp and loud no matter the distance.
To keep your chops as good as your tone, SpectraDrive easily pulls double-duty as the perfect practice companion thanks to its high-quality headphone amplifier and AUX input.
GLENDALE, AZ — Dean Markley introduces an XM (extra-medium) set to its NickelSteel Bass™ Signature Series of bass guitar strings, ending the wait for players who want their high-quality, medium strings to be a bit heavier. Available in a 4-string or 5-string set, XM bass strings offer the same solid, full bright sound that the NickelSteel Bass brand is known for, and they’re made with Dean Markley’s time-tested process that ensures a smooth feel with long-lasting tone.
In the 4-string XM package, players will find a set of G, D, A and E strings with gauges measuring .050, .070, .090, and .110 mm. In the 5-string package, players will find the same gauges with an additional low B string measuring .130 mm, now the thickest string in the entire series.
Dean Markley’s NickelSteel Bass Signature Series is tried and true, having been used by professionals worldwide for decades. The secret to the brand’s longevity is Dean Markley’s intelligent construction and unique approach to...
Sadowsky Guitars is proud to announce the official release of their new Blue Label Flatwound strings for bass and guitar.
In a continuing process of refinement, these newly re-engineered flatwound strings incorporate the best qualities of the original Black Label and Blue Label Flatwounds. The result is improved tone, feel, and consistency. Each string is precision wound on a cello string winder for unequalled quality with a stainless wrap on hex core.
The bass flatwounds are superb for fretless basses or for that classic Motown sound. The guitar flatwound strings are equally outstanding for a classic jazz guitar tone.
“Our challenge was to create a string with a true vintage tone and feel that retains a strong fundamental to sit well in the mix,” stated Roger Sadowsky. “Consistency has historically been an issue with all flatwound strings, with sets containing a high frequency of defective strings. Significantly improved consistency was a priority of our new design, especially...
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the first ever UK release of the classic 1977 self- titled debut album by American progressive rock group Happy the Man. Formed in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1973, the band was influenced by British progressive groups such as Genesis and King Crimson. By 1976 they came to the ear of Peter Gabriel who considered utilizing the band on his first solo album. Although this failed to materialise, the band came to the attention of Arista Records, securing a deal the same year. With a line-up of Stanley Whitaker (guitars, vocals), Kit Waktins (keyboards), Frank Wyatt (sax, flute, keyboards), Rick Kennell (bass) and Mike Beck (drums), the band recorded their first album under the production supervision of Ken Scott (who had worked with Supertramp and David Bowie). Featuring excellent pieces such as "Mr. Mirror's Reflection on Dreams" and "New York Dreams Suite," the album ranks...