New UK Bass Guitar Magazine out now

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by The Mock Turtle Regulator, Feb 27, 2002.

  1. bought it today.
    John Paul Jones as cover story, interview with Nick Fyffe inside.
    no interview with Chris Wolstenholme as promised though.

    66 pages for £2.80 - it's okay. gear reviews are much the same as with Bassist.

    hopefully things will pick up in time.

    anyone else buy it yet?
  2. Do they have a web page? We get quite a few European music magazines in Montreal. I haven't seen this one yet, but they usually take a few extra weeks to get here. Could you post any web address, publisher or contact info?
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    What's it called and what's it look like? I was in London on Monday and Wednesday and I haven't seen it in Brighton either!
  4. it's called, wait for it, "BASS GUITAR MAGAZINE".

    here's a scan of it. it doesn't seem to be stocked in WH Smith's- I got it at the newsagents on Tottenham Court Road near Computer Exchange.


    they've got no website:confused: - there's just an email-
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Thanks - I shall look out for it - transcription of "Sir Duke" sounds worth having!

    Does Nick Fyffe mention anything about what bass he is playing these days ? I've seen Jamiroquai on various things on TV recently and he seems to be playing one of the new Yamaha TRB5Ps.

    I saw Laurence Cottle playing one of these and tried one in the Bass cellar on Monday and really liked it! They were asking £1649 though - I 'll probably try to get one cheaper elsewhere if I can. ;)
  6. Nick Fyffe is endorsing Yamaha now- he's pictured on the back cover in Yamaha's ad with the TRB5.

    he says that Yamaha sent various basses to the studio, and he was reluctant to try one until an engineer suggested it.

    makes you wonder about whether these endorsement deals with famous players have any worth at all to the average player.....

    meanwhile, I couldn't even get a reply from Fender UK/Arbiter when I emailed them asking if I could buy a US Precision Deluxe neck:mad:
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well, I think the TRB5P is genuinely a very good bass and way better than most other production models about - it is almost "boutique bass" quality.

    I don't think Laurence Cottle has got a "deal" - he used to be famous for playing Wals - but he got some great sounds out of the TRB5P - I presume he just likes it?
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well, I just searched through every place in Brighton I could think of, but no sign a copy! :(

    How do they expect it to be a success if you can't buy it!?

    Luckily my London office is not far from Tottenham Court Road and I am there Monday - but I don't think this bodes well - Brighton is a town full of musicians - I know loads of bass players here - so who are they targeting?
  9. in the editor's bit it says the magazine will start out as just a quarterly publication- I suppose they're testing the water. also they've got a while to sort out the distribution before the next issue comes out.

    I can't understand why they haven't got a website- that must surely be an essential requirement of any new business these days.

    the Bass Centre will almost definitely stock it- they had info sheets on the magazine about a month ago.
  10. =^..^=


    Jan 25, 2001
    Stuck on a rock !
    I wish ! I haven't seen a copy... Could you get me one please and I'll send you the cash ???
  11. hmmm, looks like I should email them and find out what's going on with the distribution.
  12. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    didn't fyffe used to play zons?

    i know I'D rather play a zon than a yamaha, but then again, i'd have to pay for either one ;)

  13. Murf


    Mar 28, 2001
    Is Bassist mag still out? I havent seen it in ages (funny I always prefered it to Bass player) then again its next to impossible trying to find bass related publications in Ireland.

    Funny thing with endorsements...a mate of mine got an endorsement deal with MTD and I always assumed that the company gave you the bass (free advertising and all) only the mate told me that he still had to pay for it (only he gets a serious serious discount).
  14. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    That "folded" years ago - or rather was "incorporated" into "Guitarist" magazine! :mad:

    Steve Lawson explained how they had a consistent readership and sold roughly the same number of copies each month; but their problem was that they couldn't get sufficient advertising revenue - I think that shops/companies didn't want to pay twice - that is once in guitar magazines and again in a bass magazine.

    So I don't know how this new magazine hopes to do this? I still haven't sen a copy anywhere in Brighton or London!!
  15. Howard K

    Howard K

    Feb 14, 2002
    ooh, ooh, new bass mag!!!

    hopefully they'll feature more british artists and music... bass player is good, but it tends to harp on about the US scene too much to be really relevant to us brits... imo.

    I'm genuinely exited - how sad I am!
  16. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    You mean "euthenasia" - now that is sad! ;)

    Or is like "outed" !

    I would be excited if I could find the bloody thing! :rolleyes:
  17. here's the reply I got;

    Thanks for your mail. Firstly thanks for supporting the mag and posting your comments at Talk Bass. Chris Wolstenholme by the way is definitely in issue 2! We have the following means of distribution of the magazine at present. The best method of course is subscription. We do a special rate of £10 for 4 issues to the UK, £18 for Europe and The USA and Canada are maintained by Disticor who can be contacted on or you can order direct off the net (US and Canada) from Portman distribution handle the magazine in the UK however as a specialist title it can't be in every newsagents in the UK-we try to get as much out there as possible-we can send single issues out in the post to anyone who has difficulty finding the magazine direct from the office. We hope to have a website later in the year (we felt, have a great product first, then promote it to ensure long term productivity! How many times have websites promised loads with a product that's no good). We are a small company but 100% professional and 110% committed to bass!). We will post a press release on most of the Bass sites in the near future to promote the magazine further. Thanks again for your support.
    Adrian Ashton
    Editor Bass Guitar Magazine

    the Mods at Talkbass are no doubt watching this thread closely re. free advertising (albeit for someone else's business, so complying with forum rules) , but I feel in the UK we are starved of bass publications, and bass-related information in general.
  18. Starved for bass publications in the UK???

    You've got Spain we have...

    ZERO...NADA...CERO...NOTHING...RIEN DE RIEN!!! :mad: :mad:

    Might wanna tell these guys to do a Spanish version and test these waters...

    ...and since I'm unemployed I could do some interviews! :D
  19. well, getting hold of Bass Player is hard enough- especially now they've taken the suggested UK price off the cover- so Borders can charge £4.25 for it when it should be £3.25:mad:- so I have to look for it elsewhere, and few WHSmiths shops stock it.

    Guitarist magazine were supposedly taking over the bass coverage when Bassist got "incorporated" back into Guitarist, but now there's no bass coverage at all:(

    The Guitar Magazine sometimes has reviews of bass gear/ interviews with bassists, but not much recently.

    on another note, anyone else see that "When Disco ruled the Earth" programme on BBC1?
    great footage of Chic- a bit more on Bernard Edwards would have been nice- especially live footage- to clear up the rumour that he used a pick on "Everybody dance"- looks like he was playing fingerstyle exclusively.