Back on December 23rd, 2016, a build off challenge was issued in our Luthier's Corner forum. The theme was “Challenge Yourself”. The entrants were asked to build a bass in a way they haven't done in the past. Some of the possible challenges they could give themselves would be as follows:
1) Create a new design / Build a design you haven’t built in the past
2) Use different materials
3) Use different building practices.
Please review each of the builders pages listed in the links below, and vote for the 3 instruments you like the best.
Dutch bass player Robin Zielhorst recorded 4 instrumental pieces for solo bass. Robin is known for his work with Cynic (US progmetal legends), Exivious (Dutch fusionmetal), Our Oceans (Dutch ambient pop), OneGodLess (Dutch stonergroovemetal) and various side projects and studio recordings.
Besides his usual characteristic fretless bass playing, with these 4 pieces for solo bass he focused on fretted bass, using various techniques to create hauntingly beautiful ambient music. This video is the first of four playthrough videos that will be released this month.
You can find the playthrough here:
Philadelphia - Bassists Julie Slick (Adrian Belew Power Trio, Crimson ProjeKct) and Marco Machera are proudly presenting a new EchoTest album, exploring new heights in this bassist collaboration with their third release: “From Two Balconies”. Displaying an even higher production value, a new member (drummer Alessandro Inolti), many more guests (Pat Mastelotto, Tim Motzer, Ali Wadsworth, Ian Gray, Greg Rosen, and Sarah Anderson), the record is a departure from the heavily instrumental and bass-dominated “Fourth Dementia” (2014) and “Le Fil Rouge” (2015). It features lead vocals on 7 out of 10 tracks - Marco takes this role on a few songs, but he also shares this job with Mike Visser (Imaginary Tricks) and Claire Wadsworth. The result is a modern-sounding, yet classic record that defies genres, showcasing music that is truly progressive in nature. Featuring artwork by the legendary Derek Riggs.
“From two Balconies' chronicles a contemporary tragedy, the resulting resonance of...
Vancouver, BC - Radial Engineering Ltd. is pleased to introduce the Texas-Pro™, a powerful overdrive combined with a clean booster circuit, is now shipping.
The Texas-Pro provides plenty of power and versatility in a compact pedalboard-friendly enclosure. Beginning with Radial's unique Class-A buffering circuit, the Texas-Pro retains the natural feel and responsiveness of the guitar, while also allowing it to drive multiple pedals and longer cable runs with ease. The Overdrive section is capable of a wide range of tonal variations, with individual controls for Drive, output Level, and Tone, so you can dial in the settings that best match your guitar and amp. A three-position Range switch allows you to select the style of overdrive, from warm vintage tones, to a modern rock style or aggressive over-the-top saturation.
The overdrive is complemented by a separate Boost circuit capable of adding +22dB of clean gain, allowing you to push the...
Alan Cringean of AC Guitars is giving a nod to the past with his new RetroB line of bass guitars. Alan wanted to design an instrument that was "a clear nod to the past, had a comfortable aesthetic being familiar on the eye, but retained modern sensibilities and features while still being recognisable as an ACG instrument".
"On top of the overall look the instrument would follow a more traditional construction method and pallet of woods. Alder and Swamp Ash body, Figured Maple tops with or without colours,one piece necks ,a first for ACG, 22 fret Rosewood and Maple finger boards. They will also feature what are standard on all ACG instruments, East Tone UK electronics, ACG B Series pickups and carbon reinforced necks. Currently available in 4/5 string with a J pickup configuration and P single pickup version.
"So a radical bass for ACG in that it is conventional in most aspects, with the admission we are all standing on the shoulders of those that brought the bass guitar into...