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Gear Guide: Janek Gwizdala

Essential Effects Looking over Janek’s prolific resume – which to date includes several solo albums, tours with the likes of Mike Stern and Bob Reynolds, and numerous collaborations – it’s striking that he’s constantly able to renew his creative spark with each new project. Janek’s sonic range comes courtesy of a tried-and-tested set-up, although it’s undergoing some minor tweaks at the moment, he tells us. “I was always the guy who really didn’t know anything about gear, but now I’m a real fanatic when it comes to pedals. I probably have close to 300 at home and it’s the oldest, cheapest things that...

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Justin Meldal-Johnsen Signature Mustang

Fender Artist Series JMJ Road Worn Mustang Bass With a remarkable track record as a session and touring musician for the likes of Air, Beck and Nine Inch Nails, as well as a producer and collaborator for artists like M83, Frank Ocean, Paramore, Blood Orange, Jimmy Eat World, Goldfrapp, Young the Giant, Tori Amos, Garbage, Wolf Alice, School of Seven Bells, Cass McCombs, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and The Naked & Famous, bass players don’t get much more talented than Justin Meldal-Johnsen. In this video Justin introduces his new signature bass, which is modelled after his 1966 Daphne Blue 4-string Mustang. Learn...

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Making Of A Warwick Dolphin Pro I

Warwick Custom Shop Masterbuilt Dolphin Pro I – Swamp Ash Body #16-3189 Since starting out back in 1982, Warwick has built a sound reputation within the bass community, combining active tone-shaping electronics and exotic tonewoods to produce a distinctive look and a trademark sound that’s affectionately referred to as the Warwick ‘growl’. The latest model to come out of the company’s custom shop is this Dolphin Pro I 4-string, which features a swamp ash body and matching headstock, all finished with a three-dimensional white transparent finish. It comes fitted with active MEC J/TJ pickups, which in this configuration should give you...

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First Look: Fender Elite Jazz Bass

A different spin on an established model The Jazz Bass is still one of the best-selling and most used instruments in music today. During its history it’s been subject to various specification and design changes, some subtle and others not so subtle. This has usually been down to general trends and customer demands at the time, and also production methods and costs that have varied dramatically over that period. Certain variants have been especially popular, a fact that drives the vintage market and has also provided Fender with opportunities to ‘reissue’ a variation from a particularly classic year. You can get ones...

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Tony Levin Launches Reverb Shop

Tony Levin’s Bass Gear Goes Up For Sale From King Crimson to Peter Gabriel, Tony Levin is one of the most admired bass players in popular music. The Boston-born bassist has just launched The Official Tony Levin Reverb Shop, featuring more than 80 pieces of equipment from his 40 year career, which has also seen him take care of bass duties for the likes of John Lennon, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Peter Frampton, David Bowie and many others. Among the many items up for sale is the Yamaha SB-100 Tony used on the iconic King Crimson performance of “Elephant Talk” live on ABC’s Fridays in December 1981, an MXR Script...

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