Author: iBass

Z.Vex Woolly Mammoth

A Sure-Fire Winner If You’re Looking To Add Some Grunt To Your Effects Arsenal…. Of all the boutique pedal makers, one name that seems to generate more kudos and reverence than many others is Zachary Vex, the man who gave us Z.Vex Effects. Though many of his creations were barely out of their prototype nappies, they were sonically breathtaking feats of electronic engineering. Designed with the help of Chuck Zwicky, his evolution of the Woolly Mammoth is what really made us bassists sit up and take notice. Not only did it achieve all the neccesary grunge and sustain, it...

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Eva Gardner reveals the album that’s helped shape her career. Album: Cumbia and Jazz Fusion Artist: Charles Mingus Label: Atlantic Records Released: 1978 Standout Track: “Music for Todo Modo” The daughter of Creation bassist, Kim Gardner, Eva Gardner has made a name for herself as a first-call touring professional having lent her formidable bass talents to artists including the Mars Volta, Lyra, Veruca Salt and Telstar. A member of Pink’s band since 2007, Eva brings a sleek, wide-ranging style to the table that owes much to this legendary album. “Cumbia and Jazz Fusion really opened up some channels for...

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Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia | Tower of Power

Tower of Power took soul music to unprecedented levels with their ‘70s super hits. We meet legendary bass man Rocco Prestia. Tower of Power are a phenomenal band, you better believe it. With a staggering career spanning close to five decades, they have created some of the most influential, horn-fuelled R&B hits in music history – milestone albums such as Bump City from 1972, with songs like You Got To Funkifize and Down to the Nightclub: the 1973 album Tower of Power, with monster hits like What is Hip? and the ballad So Very Hard to Go. Squib Cakes and...

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Smooth Hound Innovations Wireless Guitar System

Bored of Your Cable? We Audition a Sleek Digital Wireless System From Smooth Hound Innovations Design This wireless system has been designed to offer quality tone with a consistent and interference-free signal. It transmits its signal within the 2.4 GHz frequency band (along with WiFi and Bluetooth), so is immune to outside interference from power sources like mobile phone towers, along with other analogue wireless systems that might be operating simultaneously. On the surface of the receiver sits a Control Mode button as well as LEDs indicating whether the unit is powered, the amount of interference being seen by...

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