If you are on the UK bass scene, you will undoubtedly have heard of (or encountered!) Steve Lawson (aka solobasssteve in the social media world). If you haven’t, then check out his blog and his music. Steve is an extra-ordinary solo bass player, as anyone who has heard him with his modulus 6 string and his looperlative looper with testify.
If you like to hear your bass in a band, then check out Steve’s latest album “numbers”, which features him as part of the Lawson Dodds Wood collective. Three amazing musicians producing music in a very different way. Nothing is pre-arranged, it is all improv. [More...]
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Choosing strings for your Bass can be quite stressful! Strings have a massive impact on your tone, and on your wallet too. Understanding the difference between string types involves lots of factors, far too many for one post anyway, so this post will focus on the underlying design of the strings, and the major string types.
Not literally you understand, but in the metaphorical sense! US Bass readers may have noticed something missing – its Seth, he’s run over to the UK. If you haven’t come across Seth before, checking out his music is a definite must for any bass player (Seth here on reverbnation – click to listen), he is a very unique bassist/singer-songwriter. Great player. Great voice. [More...]
This is very editted, I’d love to head the whole thing, but still some useful excepts from an interview with bass luthier extraordinaire luthier Michael Tobias, talking about bass set up and general Michael-ness:
Bass players have an amazing (and confusing) choice of Bass Cabs. This post continues from Part I of “Choosing a Bass Cab“… An interview with Mark Wright, CEO of Accugroove and passionate bassist….
There seems to be a big range in the power output (Watts). How does a bassist know what power they need?
Mark: Answering the first question’s questions [see list in Part I] is the starting point. You have to know what your needs will be. It’s like buying a car. What will it be used for? You don’t buy a sub compact if you need to haul lumber. Likewise you don’t invest in a dump truck if you are commuting. Although there is more, the three basic things to consider are: [More...]
Bass players have a choice of either a combo (All-in-one) or a stand alone bass cab. Either way, the cab (and the speaker within it) are the final link in the bass guitarist’s sounds chain. But how do you choose a cab? What do you look for? In looking for a source of sound advice (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun) my thoughts turned to one man, and I managed to track him down…
I first met Mark Wright of Accugroove several years ago. I was so impressed by Mark’s knowledge, passion and the quality of the bass cabs his company makes, that I purchased one. the Tri 110 is still a central part of my rig today.
Mark is passionate about quality bass sound, and is a keen player himself, so I was very pleased to catch up with him… Here is the Q&A from the interview: [More...]