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Hiwatt DR401 400w Bass Head

Bringing valve volume back to the masses The Hiwatt story has almost become a legend in itself. While working for Dallas Arbiter designing the original Sound City amplifier range, a young David Reeves launched his own company called Hylight Electronics. His aim was to design and build what he believed to be the ultimate guitar amp, and from his garage came the first Hiwatt heads in late 1967. Fast-forward some 50 years and Hiwatt amps continue to find favour with touring musicians on account of their battleship build quality, power and reliability. Touted as ‘the most powerful all tube...

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Hadrien Feraud | Friday Night At the Cadillac Club

Hadrien Feraud | Friday Night At the Cadillac Club When future musicologists look back on the most influential bassists of the 20th century, among the select few whose sound and style live on the longest will be French bass maestro Hadrien Feraud. Having rolled up his sleeves once more, this take on Friday Night At the Cadillac Club (a track taken from Bob Berg’s 1993 album, Short Stories) is delivered with his trademark fluid...

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Jack Bruce: Sunshine Of Your Love

Exclusive Screening & Celebrity Q&A at Curzon Mayfair On the first anniversary of Jack Bruce’s passing, a star-studded line up of world class musicians performed a moving musical tribute to the Scottish legend at The Roundhouse in London. The tribute concert, musically directed by Nitin Sawhney, featured Jack’s Cream bandmate Ginger Baker, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Joss Stone, Level 42’s Mark King, Living Colour’s Vernon Reid, Uli Jon Roth, Hugh Cornwell and many more. This incredible line-up delighted the capacity audience with a stunning selection of Bruce’s songs spanning his entire career, from the pre-Cream...

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Buyer’s Guide | Gibson Thunderbird

Our Essential Guide to Buying Bass Gear A sister instrument to Gibson’s Firebird guitars, the Thunderbird was introduced in 1963 and featured through-neck mahogany construction with a long scale and single-sided headstock design. From the 1965-69 period the necks were glued-in then later ‘re-issue’ models reverted to the original design. The Firebirds had odd model numbers (I, III, V, VII), Thunderbirds had evens, hence II and IV (the II with a single pickup and controls for just volume and tone, the IV with a second pickup and tone control added). Prices vary wildly with newer models sometimes fetching as much...

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Beneath The Bassline

Bass Greats Assemble For Documentary Film Pre-orders for Beneath The Bassline are now open! And to celebrate the upcoming release the team behind the movie are offering you the chance to win some fantastic bass swag including a Dingwall NG-3 5-string, an Aguilar AG 700 and SL 410x cab, a Sadowsky preamp pedal and 25 sets of Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel Strings. Travelling to Club Bonafide in Manhattan, Dingwall Guitars in Canada, Fodera Guitars in Brooklyn, Sadowsky Guitars in Long Island City and Aguilar Amplification in Manhattan’s Soho district, the documentary features interviews with some of the most incredible bass players on...

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