Blogs

  • Hammer and Tongs: An Interview with Frankie Poullain

    Posted March 20 by Samy Galí

    Nearly three years after their last release, over-the-top rock band The Darkness has announced that their fourth album, Last of Our Kind, will be dropping on June 1st. The record sees the band return in epic fashion with ten new songs filled with tales of battle, love, and struggle. Of course, ...

  • The Levin Brothers Announce Tour Dates

    Posted March 16 by Samy Galí

    After releasing their first ever album together last year, Pete and Tony Levin have announced twelve date tour of the Northeastern United States. The musical brothers duo will kick things off in Rosendale, New York at the Rosendale Cafe on March 14th before covering most of New York state ...

  • In Memoriam: Mike Porcaro

    Posted March 15 by Samy Galí

    Mike Porcaro, who played bass for the seminal rock band Toto, has passed away after a long battle with ALS. He was 59 years old.  Porcaro came from a musical family. His father is jazz drummer Joe Porcaro, and he is the middle brother of drummer Jeff Porcaro and keyboardist Steve Porcaro. Thou...

  • On Bass: Music Wants Its Slap Back

    Posted March 9 by Samy Galí

    Slapping. For the first 10 years of my bass playing life, I swore I would never do it. (I also swore I would never play a 5-string bass.) I enjoyed listening to slapping now and then, but in general, I thought it was annoying. And I know I’m not the only one who has ever had this aversion to s...

  • The Big Band Sound of Rufus Reid

    Posted February 25 by Samy Galí

    On “Quiet Pride,” his expansively drawn recent album, the bassist and composer Rufus Reid pays homage to the great African-American sculptor Elizabeth Catlett, with a large-ensemble suite. He’ll draw partly from that album in this engagement, with a 20-piece band that includes ...

  • The Studio Bass Compressor

    Posted February 16 by Ricky Santiago

    The Studio Bass Compressor is a studio-grade soft-knee compressor designed for bassists who want to take control of the dynamics of their sound, from a subtle smoothing-out of peaks and valleys to the most squished and pinched extremes and everywhere in between. It's extremely low noise and ha...

  • FENDER® RELEASES MICHAEL LANDAU SIGNATURE AMPLIFIER

    Posted January 23 by Ricky Santiago

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  (January 22, 2015) – Fender is proud to announce the release of the Michael Landau signature amplifier, the Hot Rod DeVille™ ML.   The Hot Rod DeVille ML amplifier delivers beautiful tube tone with features inspired by instru...

  • SQUIER® RELEASES DELUXE DIMENSION BASS™GUITARS

    Posted January 22 by Melvin Llord

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (January 22, 2015) – Squier is proud to offer the popular new Dimension Bass guitars as four- and five-string Squier models. Squier fans can now get the great look, sound and playability of Fender’s pro-level Dimension basses in the sleek form of th...

  • Fender announces the new Bassman and Rumble cabinets

    Posted January 22 by Melvin Llord

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  (January 22, 2015) – Fender is proud to announce the release of the Bassman® 500, Rumble™ 210 Cabinet and Rumble 115 Cabinet.  The Bassman 500 combines Fender’s world-standard Blackface™ tube preamp with a l...

  • FENDER RELEASES NEW BASSES AT 2015 NAMM SHOW

    Posted January 22 by Melvin Llord

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  (January 22, 2015) – Fender is proud to announce the release of several new bass guitars at the 2015 NAMM Show. It’s one of the most common modification requests we get for Precision basses—the remarkable tonal versatility of an added Jazz Bass® br...