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Victor Bailey Bass Gear Goes Up For Auction

Remembering Victor Bailey This month we’re remembering Victor Bailey, bassist with Weather Report during their final years from 1982 to 1986, who lost his battle with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease on 11th November 2016, aged 56. As per Victor’s wishes, his estate is placing several of his basses, effects and other items used in his personal home studio up for auction on May 14th. One of the basses is the 1986 Pensa Sur that was used on the recording of his first solo release ‘Bottom’s Up’. Proceeds will help fund several special events related to Victor’s memory. “Seeing these items brings back...

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Markbass EVO 1

Italian amp manufacturers expand their amp line There are a fair few different bass amps out there to choose from these days, but few can offer what this new head from Markbass can. The Italian amp manufacturers have expanded their amp line with the EVO1, which offers a collection of six different amp tones for each of the two channels. Both channels feature a standard control layout coupled with the ability to refresh the amp with a series of tailor-made tones that are available from the Markbass website. You can also mix between channels or customise your own settings...

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East UK | P-Retro

The P-Retro is a retrofit preamp that can be dropped into a Precision Bass with no need for internal routing or modification. Expect Fender to be taking note… Design This simple but flexible active preamp has been designed to offer huge tonal variation to one of the most popular bass designs of all time, without the need to permanently modify the instrument itself. It connects using screw terminals, which means the wires don’t even need to be soldered on. Just remove the existing pots and jack socket, follow the instructions, and screw it in. The end result is an...

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Derrick Hodge

Derrick Hodge Live Today “A prodigiously talented writer” Released: Jan 2013 Featured Track: “We Live Today” Derrick Hodge may not be a household name in some corners of the bass world, yet Jill Scott, Maxwell, Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper and many other names among the music world’s elite have called upon his services at one time or another. Probably best known for anchoring the Grammy award-winning Robert Glasper Experiment, it’s difficult to fully appreciate what Derrick’s accomplished in a relatively short space of time. His debut album Live Today shows that, in addition to being a fine bassist, he’s a prodigiously...

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Buyer’s Guide | Warwick Thumb Bass

Part Two Of Our Essential Guide to Buying Bass Gear Despite making a mouthwatering range of top-line basses, Warwick is probably best known for their Thumb Bass. Introduced in 1985, it’s probably not quite ready to qualify for ‘classic’ status just yet, but as an icon of modern bass design, it can certainly stake its claim. The diminutive, smoothly shaped, natural wood body, with its delightful, almost gratuitous convex/concave shaping on the front and back, perhaps sums up the Warwick aesthetic better than any of the German company’s other models. Since the majority of Warwick’s annual limited-edition basses have also been...

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