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Lee Sklar & Steve Lawson

Lee Sklar and Steve Lawson unravel their thoughts on bass playing, making music and why playing in a buzzing club still feels like coming home. Lee Sklar is unquestionably a bass legend and we found him on top form, waxing lyrical over his current tour with Judith Owen. Having spent the past few decades performing alongside some of popular music’s all-time greats, Lee is certainly no stranger to back-to-back touring. “I’ve toured every year since 1970,’ he smiles. “I’ll never get sick of it: you get tired of airports and sitting in buses for eight hours, but that all disappears...

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EHX Hot Wax Dual Overdrive

The latest in the EHX effects series is here, in the shape of the Hot Wax Dual Overdrive. The wacky world of Electro Harmonix now plays host to the Hot Wax Dual Overdrive, which continues the company’s tradition of taking existing designs and mutating them into new versions with a twist. Designed for guitar and bass, there’s more than just cool looks on offer, as the Hot Wax combines the company’s Hot Tubes and Crayon pedals into one powerful dual-overdrive. The trick is that they can be used individually or stacked together with the Crayon driving the Hot Tubes....

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First Look – Zon Guitars Zemi Acoustik

A New Signature Axe for Meshuggah’s Dick Lövgren Not just another addition to the Zon Guitars Sonus range, we’re talking a brand new signature model that’s a result of a collaboration between Joe Zon and bassist Dick Lövgren. It’s a stunning take on the Sonus model, built to the Meshuggah bassist’s exact specifications. It features a hollow African mahogany body with a ‘floating’ flame maple top and composite neck, but the business side of this 6-string is based around Graph-tech ‘ghost’ piezo pickups in the bridge saddles and a hand-wound Bartolini magnetic pickup in the neck position. “The body is about 4-inches...

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Billy Sheehan

The US bass legend shows off his EBS Signature Drive and explains why hard rock still means something in the present day. From his early band Talas, to stints with Steve Vai, David Lee Roth and Niacin, to several years on top of the world with Mr Big, and now a triumphant return with The Winery Dogs, Billy Sheehan and his bass have been places most of us would never dare dream of. His effortless command of a Yamaha Attitude bass have enabled him to sweep-pick like a guitarist and tap out long extended lines with both hands. All of...

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Steve Jenkins

We Meet One of the US Bass Scene’s Most Exciting Players Steve Jenkins is taking the bass to new heights. His highly advanced technique enables him to tap like a guitarist and slap long extended lines, all improvised in the heat of the moment, and his musical vocabulary reveals a player of subtlety and at times real soul too. “I use whatever musical information I have to make a bassline work,” says Steve. “Even if it’s unconventional. I’m definitely not afraid to experiment!” Despite stints with Vernon Reid (Living Colour) and Dave Fiuczynski in Screaming Headless Torsos, Steve’s not lacked...

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