The sound of Motörhead is defined by the high-output fat tone and midrange grind Lemmy Kilmister has delivered for decades with songs like "Ace of Spades” and "Iron Fist,” combined with a fast pick attack on his Rickenbacker bass.
Throughout the entire phenomenal history of the band, the music of U2 has been underpinned by the gracefully muscular bass work of Adam Clayton. His impeccable groove and expansive tone form the sonic foundation of one of the biggest bands in the history of rock music, never more powerfully than today.
Guitarist Andy Alt has introduced a new electric guitar pickup — dubbed "A Little Thunder" — that allows guitarists to play guitar and bass simultaneously. A Little Thunder, which was designed to replace a humbucker, adds a bass signal to the two lowest strings on electric guitars, leaving the signal of all six guitar strings in tact.
As always, several members of the Guitar World crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.
Over the weekend, someone asked me about "Tennessee brand" guitars and basses — something I'd never heard of. Apparently, the company creates — or created — an 18-string instrument that combines a 12-string guitar with a six-string bass — all on one neck.
Netherlands-based Aristides Instruments is producing the first-ever bass guitar made of Arium. The instrument utilizes an exoskeleton design made of a semi-monocoque construction for maximum performance. Over the past year, limited pieces have been made available for review and artists such as Barend Courbois; now, however, customers can place orders through authorized dealers or directly from the factory.
“Jaws drop when bassists hear the sound of this new bass string line,” says D’Addario Product Specialist Brian Johnson. “These strings were designed for bass players who prefer a more flexible feel to their strings while retaining the fast response necessary for slap playing.”