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Dean Markley SR2000 Bass Strings

Dean Markley Delivers New Strings Dean Markley has been a big player in the strings game for quite some time. These new bass strings offer what the company say is “the perfect mix of mass, tension and other engineering marvels.” All of Dean Markley’s bass strings are made with compound winding in smaller incremental sizes of premium-quality wire. The winding directions are reversed between layers to cross-hatch the covers, making the string smoother. Using smaller incremental wire for the wraps allows for more layers, which means more mass. Dean Markley uses three covers at thicker gauges like .095 and four covers at .120. We reckon that...

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Watch Thundercat’s New Video

Show You The Way (Feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins) Show You the Way is the lead single from Drunk, the third full-length album from Grammy-winning bassist and producer Thundercat, out now on Brainfeeder. Featuring cameos from Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, the video follows the spiritual journey of the samurai featured in 2015’s Them Changes video. “We got the track from Thundercat and quickly realized that we had a unique opportunity to continue the story that we had started with Them Changes,” said Katarzyna Sawicka and Carlos Lopez Estrada who directed the video. “We ended that video on a fairly grim note,...

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Danelectro Hodad

The Danelectro brand evolved from humble beginnings back in 1947. Can this wallet-friendly reissue really do the business? Design These proudly budget-built basses are made by covering a plywood frame with slabs of masonite – a type of fibreboard created by William H. Mason way back in 1924. It’s a durable material with a smooth surface that takes a coat of paint very nicely. The stick-on side strips may not be such a great look, but confirm the cheap and cheerful reputation of Dano guitars. The pickups are redesigns of the US company’s famous lipstick single-coils. They’re still basically...

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Beneath The Bassline

Bass Greats Assemble For Documentary Film Beneath The Bassline brings together some of the finest bass players on the planet. Travelling to Fodera Guitars in Brooklyn, Sadowsky Guitars in Long Island City and Aguilar Amplification in Manhattan’s Soho district – featuring interviews with the likes of Will Lee, Richard Bona, Billy Sheehan, Bootsy Collins, Duff McKagan, Felix Pastorius, Mark King, Lee Sklar, John Patitucci, Larry Graham, Marcus Miller, Robert Trujillo, Nathan East, Stanley Clarke and many more, it’s packed with never-before-told stories and anecdotes as well as behind-the-scenes footage and  jam sessions. “This is a film for anyone who...

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Stu Hamm

Meet Stu Hamm, one of the most influential bass guitarists of his generation, and still a force to be reckoned with. Stu Hamm’s mesmerising fretwork has captivated audiences for more than four decades. He is one of those bass guitarists who push the instrument to its limits, and sometimes beyond. The smile on his face as he rips through another mind-boggling flurry of notes says it all. Stu has enjoyed a lengthy career involving top sideman jobs with guitarists Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, burning trio sessions with GHS, acclaimed instructional videos, and a string of bass-intensive solo albums....

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