Bass Guitars en Seymour Duncan Introduces Studio Bass Compressor Pedal <!--paging_filter--><p>Seymour Duncan has introduced the Studio Bass Compressor pedal.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>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. </p> <p>It's extremely low noise and has an easy-to-use control format: The Blend knob allows you to adjust the amount of wet signal so you can bring natural snap back into your individual notes. The Volume knob lets you control the output (or you can push it up and lower the Compression for a great clean boost). </p> <p>The Attack knob regulates how quickly the compressor reacts to your initial pick attack—cranking it up will give a late attack that allows your pick or finger dynamics to come through before the compression kicks in. The Compressor knob is the heart of the pedal and allows you to easily control the dynamic range. </p> <p>The Studio Bass Compressor combines features not normally seen, like the Low/Full/Mid switch that can restore some of the dynamic range lost in compression and it allows you to choose to be frequency selective or dial it in full range. It also fattens up the compressed signal for thick and heavy reggae sounds. Or you can use it to simply make sure your effected sound remains consistent with your bypassed bass tone. </p> <p>Other features not commonly seen are the Automatic Gain Compensation, which compensates for input gain loss as the compression and attack controls are adjusted. The pedal will also automatically increase the compression ratio as the signal approaches the threshold. This allows it to function more like a limiter if needed. </p> <p>Unlike most compressors with hard-knee thresholds, the SD Studio Bass compressor gradually enters into compression at a lower ratio prior to the signal reaching the threshold. This slower onset of compression provides a more natural, transparent sound, especially at low compression levels.</p> <p>The Studio Bass Compressor is incredibly versatile: you can easily go from a subtle compression that gently smoothes things out all the way to a high compression that balances the dynamics in slap-style playing to keep each note from being too harsh or overbearing. Rock players can effortlessly summon powerful midrange punch while maintaining a fat bottom end. Bassists who prefer a more vintage sound can dial in a nice even mixture of top, mid and bottom frequencies. </p> <p>The Studio Bass Compressor is assembled at the Seymour Duncan factory in Santa Barbara, California, and like all Seymour Duncan effect pedals is 100 percent true-bypass. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a></p> Seymour Duncan Videos Bass Guitars Effects News Gear Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:36:46 +0000 Guitar World Staff Things Bass Players Say in the Studio — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>"My strings never break. I mean, these are at least eight months old."</p> <p>"The bass should be at least as loud as the guitars."</p> <p>"I'm the bus driver!"</p> <p>Jared Dines, the internet dude who brought you <a href="">"Things Guitarists Say in the Studio,"</a> has put down his six-string and picked up a bass! </p> <p>Below, check out his video from late last year, "Things Bass Players Say in the Studio." </p> <p>"This is a parody of things that I've heard bassists say in the studio," Dines adds. "It's meant to be exaggerated."</p> <p>Check it out below and tell us what you think!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Jared Dines WTF Videos Bass Guitars News Tue, 03 Feb 2015 20:50:46 +0000 Guitar World Staff NAMM 2015: Boss Introduces BB-1X Bass Driver Pedal <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Follow along with Guitar World's coverage of the 2015 Winter NAMM Show with nonstop gear news items and videos on <a href="">'s official NAMM 2015 Zone,</a> updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a></strong></p> <p>Boss has announced the BB-1X Bass Driver, a special edition compact pedal that provides high-quality tones for bass players. </p> <p>Featuring unique Boss technology, the BB-1X delivers next-generation performance with refined sound, exceptional versatility, and pro connectivity.</p> <p>At the 2014 Winter NAMM Show, Boss released the OD-1X Overdrive and DS-1X Distortion pedals to universal praise from guitarists. The BB-1X Bass Driver now brings the groundbreaking sound innovations of the X series to all bass players. </p> <p>Crafted specifically for bass, the BB-1X offers a wide range of natural, expressive tones with an unmatched level of clarity and responsiveness. Low and High knobs provide expansive tone-shaping capability, while the Blend knob allows users to freely mix their unprocessed bass sound with the overdrive tone. </p> <p>The BB-1X is equipped with a standard output for driving a bass amplifier, as well as a 1/4-inch TRS line output for sending a balanced signal direct to a mixing console.</p> <p>For more information about the BB-1X, visit <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>For more NAMM 2015 coverage, visit <a href="">'s official NAMM 2015 Zone,</a> get updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a> It's like you're at the show!</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/BB-1X_F_600dpi_.jpg" width="620" height="676" alt="BB-1X_F_600dpi_.jpg" /></p> Boss NAMM 2015 Bass Guitars Effects News Gear Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:19:57 +0000 Guitar World Staff Guitar World at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show: It's That Time of Gear <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Well, it's over, folks! The 2015 Winter NAMM Show took place Thursday, January 22, through Sunday, August 25, in Anaheim, California.</strong></p> <p>As always, <em>Guitar World</em> NAMM-ed it up, shooting photos and videos, gathering endless gear news and trying out (and gawking at) the coolest and newest guitars, amps, effects, devices for 2015.</p> <p>Check out the <a href="">NAMM 2015 section of</a> to catch all the latest gear news, which is still being posted, including our newest videos. We still recommend that you follow <em>Guitar World</em> via <a href="">Twitter</a>, <a href="">Instagram</a> and <a href="">Facebook</a> for access to even more photos.</p> <p>Our coverage will continue with a new round of videos for your viewing pleasure.</p> <p><strong>2015 Winter NAMM Show Wrap-Up</strong></p> <p>• <a href=""> NAMM Show coverage</a><br /> • <a href="">Twitter: NAMM Show photos and news | @GuitarWorld</a><br /> • <a href="">Facebook: NAMM Show photos and news</a><br /> • <a href="">Instagram: NAMM Show photos and more | @GuitarWorldMagazine</a></p> <p>If you have a potential gear addiction and just can't get enough NAMM news, check out <em>Guitar World</em>'s coverage of <a href="">NAMM 2014,</a> <a href="">NAMM 2013</a> and <a href="">NAMM 2012</a>.</p> <p><strong>For more about the NAMM Show, visit <a href=""></a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Gear Spotlight NAMM 2015 NAMM Show new gear That Time of Gear Accessories Acoustic Guitars Videos Amps Bass Guitars Effects Electric Guitars Home Recording News Features Gear Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:43:30 +0000 Guitar World Staff NAMM 2015: Peavey Unveils Headliner 1000 Bass Head <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Follow <em>Guitar World's</em> coverage of the 2015 Winter NAMM Show with gear news and videos on <a href="">,</a> updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a></strong></p> <p>Peavey Electronics has introduced the Headliner 1000, a new 1000-watt rack-mountable bass amplifier head. With matching enclosures, the Headliner 1000 packs huge power and innovative tone features in a lightweight 10-pound package.</p> <p>The Peavey Headliner 1000 features a seven-band graphic EQ spaced at optimized frequencies, with each slider offering 15 dB of cut and boost to provide comprehensive tone shaping frequencies optimized for bass guitar. </p> <p>Players can use the graphic EQ in conjunction with the low and high shelving-type tone controls or bypass the graphic EQ entirely.</p> <p>A built-in optical compressor with level control and bypass allows players to add just the right amount of compression to the mix. The Crunch feature adds a vintage tube effect that distorts only the high frequencies, preserving the all-important fat low end. The amp also features Bright and Contour switches, an effects loop, master volume and headphone out. The Compressor and Crunch features are footswitch selectable.</p> <p>The Headliner 1000 features a built-in XLR direct interface that routes the signal to the house sound system or recording device, and an active/passive pickup switch that compensates for active instrument inputs. Peavey’s exclusive DDT speaker protection circuitry senses the onset of clipping and responds with slight limiting that allows the amp to retain the tone, headroom and dynamics (bypass included).</p> <p>Designed to complement the Headliner 1000 amplifier, the Peavey Headliner 410, Headliner 210, Headliner 115, and Headliner 112 bass enclosures are made with premium loudspeakers and components for superior punch, tone and reliability.</p> <p>Headliner 1000 features:</p> <p>● 1,000 Watts RMS (1,500 Watts peak power)<br /> ● Seven-band graphic EQ<br /> ● High and low EQ controls<br /> ● Pre-shape contour switch<br /> ● Bright switch<br /> ● Active/passive pickup switch<br /> ● Footswitchable optical compressor<br /> ● Footswitchable crunch<br /> ● Effects loop<br /> ● Master volume<br /> ● Headphone output<br /> ● Exclusive DDT speaker protection<br /> ● XLR direct interface<br /> ● Combination twist-lock and 1⁄4" external speaker jacks<br /> ● 1 1/2 rack space<br /> ● Dimensions (HxWxD): 2.813” x 17.375” x 12.5”<br /> ● Weight: 10 lbs</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>For more NAMM Show coverage, visit <a href="">'s official NAMM 2015 section,</a> get updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a> It's like you're at the show!</strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Headliner_1000_front.jpg" width="620" height="131" alt="Headliner_1000_front.jpg" /></p> NAMM 2015 Peavey Peavey Electronics Amps Bass Guitars News Gear Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:37:59 +0000 Guitar World Staff Carvin's New Company, Kiesel Guitars, to Handle Guitar and Bass Manufacturing <!--paging_filter--><p>Carvin Corp announces the formation of a new and separate company, Kiesel Guitars, which will take control of the guitar and bass manufacturing and sales of all Carvin and Kiesel brand instruments starting February 1. </p> <p>Kiesel Guitars owners Mark Kiesel and Jeff Kiesel formed the new company so they can focus exclusively on the advancement of instruments. </p> <p>Mark has lead the guitar and bass division of Carvin since 1970 and will continue to lead the new company as president. Jeff brings industry-leading designs and advancements in construction and quality to the Kiesel Guitars Custom Shop. The instruments will continue to be produced in the U.S. at the same facility.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Carvin Corp’s focus will now be exclusively on our passion for pro audio and instrument amplifiers under the brands Carvin Audio and Carvin Amplifiers. We will continue to provide our customers with industry-leading products and customer support. Carvin Corp will continue to design and manufacture its products in San Diego, with its team of top engineers and staff of musicians under the direction of the Kiesel family, Carson, Joel and Kristen.</p> <p>Beginning April 1, Carvin audio and amplifier products will move to new websites, <a href=""></a> and Carvin Guitars will remain at <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>For more NAMM Show coverage, visit <a href="">'s official NAMM 2015 section,</a> get updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a> It's like you're at the show!</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Carvin Carvin Guitars Kiesel Guitars Videos Bass Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:16:01 +0000 Guitar World Staff NAMM 2015: ESP Guitars Introduces Dozens of New LTD Guitar and Bass Models <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Follow <em>Guitar World's</em> coverage of the 2015 Winter NAMM Show with gear news and videos on <a href="">,</a> updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a></strong></p> <p>ESP is adding dozens of new and updated LTD models to this year’s lineup.</p> <p>“LTD represents the ‘bread-and-butter’ for ESP dealers, with affordable guitars and basses for all levels of musicians,” says Matt Masciandaro, ESP president and CEO. </p> <p>“This year, our LTD offerings are better than ever, with exciting new instruments that cover everyone from brand new novice musicians to professional touring and recording players in every genre and style of music.”</p> <p>Three special limited edition LTD models have been made to commemorate ESP’s 40th anniversary. The LTD EC-2015 and MH-2015 will be limited to 300 pieces worldwide, and the 7-string H7-2015 limited to just 200 pieces. </p> <p>Each of these premier-quality guitars with high-end features and components will include a hardshell case with the “ESP 40” logo, and a certificate of authenticity.</p> <p>Based on direct result of feedback from ESP customers who enjoy the greater range of extended string and scale configurations, the company is also introducing six new baritone (27” scale) guitar models. These include the 6-string MH-401B/FM and V-401B, the 7-string EC-407B/FM, V-407B, and MH-417B FM, and the 8-string H-408B/FM. Two brand new shapes are being debuted in the LTD line that were previously unavailable in the USA, with the aggressively-shaped LTD Arrow-401, LTD FRX-401, and 7- string FRX-407 models.</p> <p>The LTD Deluxe series also expanded with a number of “1000 Series” guitars, including the special edition M-1000/SE with its high-end components by Floyd Rose and Seymour Duncan, and flamed maple top in Vintage Natural Satin finish. More new LTD Deluxe models include the EC-1000ET/FM with an EverTune bridge system, and the M-1000/Ebony with ebony fingerboard. </p> <p>New to LTD Deluxe is the “1001 Series” which add special design considerations and/or components like EMG’s MetalWorks pickups, including the EC-1001/FR, the H-1001/FR, the M-1001, the MH-1001/NT, and the MH-1001/FR.</p> <p>New finishes for some of LTD’s most popular shapes include the EC-401 in Charcoal Satin, the M-200 in Black Desert Camo, and the TE-406/FM in Dark Brown Sunburst Satin and Snow White Satin. </p> <p>More information on all of the updated LTD guitars and basses, along with the rest of ESP’s new models for 2015, is available at <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>For more NAMM 2015 coverage, visit <a href="">'s official NAMM 2015 Zone,</a> get updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a> It's like you're at the show!</strong></p> ESP ESP Guitars LTD NAMM 2015 Bass Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:27:41 +0000 Guitar World Staff NAMM 2015: ESP Guitars Debuts Tombstone Acoustic Models <!--paging_filter--><p>ESP Guitars has introduced its new line of Tombstone acoustic guitars. The new guitars will make their debut at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>“We’re very excited to have a dedicated brand for our acoustic instruments,” said Matt Masciandaro, ESP president and CEO.</p> <p>“For our dealers, Tombstone represents a new opportunity to carry a high-quality acoustic guitar brand with the build quality and dealer service for which ESP has been well known for the past 40 years. For our customers, Tombstone offers an affordable solution for the features, the sound, and the playability associated with much more expensive acoustic guitars.”</p> <p>Tombstone’s introductory offerings include the A-300E, A-430E, D-320E, D-430E, J-310E, J-430E, GL- J2E acoustic-electric guitars, and the JB-320E acoustic-electric bass, several of which are pictured in the photo gallery below. </p> <p>The A-300E and A-430E adopt an auditorium shape/size. Both guitars offer solid Sitka spruce tops. The A-300E offers mahogany back and sides in a Black finish, and a B-Band T-35 preamp with onboard tuner. The A-430E has rosewood back and sides in Natural Gloss finish, with a Fishman Isys+ preamp with onboard tuner. Both models use set- neck construction for fast, comfortable playing feel, and quality components like a GraphTech nut and saddle. </p> <p>The D-320E and D-430E have a traditional dreadnought shape. The D-320E features a solid red cedar top and ovangkol back and sides in Natural Satin finish, while the D-430E offers a solid Sitka spruce top, rosewood back and sides in Natural Gloss finish, gold hardware, and a Fishman Isys+ preamp. </p> <p>For players who like a jumbo-sized acoustic, the J-310E and J-430E are perfect choices. Both guitars have solid Sitka spruce tops. The J-310E offers sapelle back and sides in Natural Satin finish, while the J-430E has rosewood back and sides in Natural Gloss.</p> <p>The first Signature Series model in the Tombstone brand appropriately goes to George Lynch with the GL-J2E, a jumbo acoustic-electric with a solid Sitka spruce top, flamed maple back and sides, all in Tobacco Sunburst finish. It offers a unique 5-piece maple/walnut neck, a rosewood fingerboard, and a Fishman Presys+ preamp. </p> <p>Tombstone’s first batch of new models also includes a bass, the JB-320E which offers a solid red cedar top, ovangkol back and sides, and a Fishman Presys+ preamp.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation ESP ESP Guitars NAMM 2015 News Gear Acoustic Guitars Bass Guitars Blogs News Gear Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:22:34 +0000 Guitar World Staff NAMM 2015: ESP Custom Shop Displaying More Than 80 Exhibition Guitars and Basses <!--paging_filter--><p> As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, ESP Guitars (Booth 213D at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show) is highlighting the work of its Custom Shop by displaying more than 80 hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind special exhibition guitars and basses.</p> <p> “One of the big crowd draws at our NAMM booth every year are the models that come out of our ESP Custom Shop,” said Matt Masciandaro, ESP president and CEO. </p> <p>“This year, to help bring even more recognition to the incredible craftsmanship of our custom shop luthiers, we’re featuring an entire display of our NAMM demo room that is dedicated to these completely unique high-end instruments.”</p> <p> ESP’s special exhibition models are exciting combinations of form and function, with each guitar or bass being both a work of art and a high-performance instrument, using the world’s finest materials and components. Each model is made by hand by the experienced luthiers at the ESP Custom Shop in Tokyo, Japan, and many feature rare materials and intricate inlays. </p> <p>While most custom shop models have been specified by the people who order them, these special exhibition models have been designed by the custom shop luthiers themselves in commemoration of ESP’s 40 years of guitar craft.</p> <p>The special exhibition guitars and basses will be available for sale to authorized ESP dealers visiting the company’s booth at NAMM. Only one of each model is available, and dealers should be in touch with their ESP sales representative to place their orders as soon as possible.</p> <p>More information on the ESP Custom Shop, along with photos of the special exhibition models and all of ESP’s new products for 2015, can be found at <a href=""></a></p> ESP ESP Guitars NAMM 2015 Bass Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 08 Jan 2015 19:55:31 +0000 Guitar World Staff NAMM 2015: Fender Announces Dee Dee Ramone Precision Bass Guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Fender has announced its Dee Dee Ramone Precision Bass guitar, based on the instrument Dee Dee played with seminal punk rock band the Ramones.</p> <p>The bass, which was debuted at the Dee Dee Ramone Exhibition at New York City’s Hotel Chelsea from December 10 to January 1 (See the video below), will be available for sale at authorized Fender dealers and on <a href=""></a> January 22, which ties in with the 2015 Winter NAMM Show.</p> <p>From Fender:</p> <p>Punk bass starts with Douglas “Dee Dee Ramone” Colvin. As the pounding heart of the Ramones, he pioneered a no-frills sound and style that left a permanent mark on rock music. On a white Fender Precision Bass slung impossibly low, he defined punk bass with simple but breakneck bass lines delivered with such pulverizing sound, speed and conviction that he singlehandedly set the template for generations of punk bassists to come.</p> <p>The Dee Dee Ramone Precision Bass guitar honors him with reverence and authenticity, just like any bassist since who’s ever planted his feet in a wide stance, slung a P Bass below the beltline and yelled a manic “1-2-3-4” count-off.</p> <p>Features include an Olympic White gloss finish, maple neck with “C”-shaped profile and vintage-style heel truss-rod adjustment, 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 20 vintage-style frets, split single-coil pickup, three-ply black pickguard and vintage-style bridge with four single-groove saddles.</p> <p>Additional features include Dee Dee Ramone’s signature on the back of the headstock, special “Dee Dee Ramone One Two Three Four” inscribed neck plate, vintage-style heel truss-rod adjustment, Seventies Fender logo decal and a single disk string tree.</p> <p>Finally, the Dee Dee Ramone Precision Bass guitar includes an exclusive 40-page full-color scrapbook featuring never before seen photos of Dee Dee, as well as his personal illustrations, artwork and doodles, and a biography and quotes from musicians and personal friends of Dee Dee. It also includes a sticker and 18” x 24” color poster of Dee Dee playing his P Bass live with the Ramones.</p> <p>“Dee Dee is the very definition of a punk rock icon,” said Justin Norvell, vice president, marketing for Fender. “He exemplified that fact, that all you need is the desire and will to pick up an instrument, and you can change the world. We are incredibly honored to recreate his bass guitar and to help edify his place in musical history in a way that fans can share.”</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a></p> <p><em>Photo: Ed Perlstein</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Dee Dee Ramone Fender FMIC Specialty Brands NAMM 2015 Ramones Videos Bass Guitars News Gear Wed, 07 Jan 2015 21:45:55 +0000 Guitar World Staff Seymour Duncan Introduces Lemmy Custom Shop Signature Pickup Set <!--paging_filter--><p>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. </p> <p>Seymour Duncan started with carefully analyzing the pickups in his bass and then made them even ruder—that's right, even more attack and punch—while also making sure they had plenty of clarity under heavy distortion. </p> <p>The results are three unique pickups, each hand-built in the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop and available in individual neck, middle or bridge models, or as a complete set. The pickups are available in either a direct mount for Lemmy Signature Basses or pickguard mount for traditional Rickenbacker basses. </p> <p>You can also get your choice of nickel or gold. (Jack Daniels sold separately.)</p> <p>The pickups are available directly from the <a href="">Seymour Duncan Custom Shop.</a></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/motorhead">Motorhead</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Lemmy Kilmister Motorhead Seymour Duncan Bass Guitars News Gear Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:48:56 +0000 Guitar World Staff Fender Introduces Adam Clayton Jazz Bass Guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Fender has introduced its Adam Clayton Jazz Bass guitar.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Fender’s Adam Clayton Jazz Bass guitar puts his rock solid sound and style in bassists’ hands, with elegant appointments and elemental tone, including two potent Fender Custom Shop pickups and a beautiful Sherwood Green Metallic gloss finish with matching headstock.</p> <p>Other premium features include a maple neck with a custom “C”-shaped profile and vintage style heel truss-rod adjustment, 9.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets and white pearloid block inlays, four-ply white pearloid pickguard, vintage-style black plastic Jazz Bass control knobs, vintage-style high-mass bridge (combination string-through-body/top-load), vintage Style “lollipop” tuners and a deluxe black hard-shell case with orange interior.</p> <p>“I played (my Sherwood Green 1965 Jazz Bass) a lot on the ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ tour and I really love it,” said Clayton. “It had a great sound and the pickups were really, really punchy. I got Fender to clone the bass I had, but rather than make it an exact replica of my beat-up Sherwood Green bass, I said, ‘Let’s make it pretty; let’s make it as beautiful as we can and make it all new.’ So, they put this together for me. … This is a great bass. I’ve been using it on the new album and I’m going to be playing it live.”</p> <p>For more information regarding the bass, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/u2">U2</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Adam Clayton Fender FMIC Specialty Brands U2 Videos Bass Guitars News Gear Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:41:49 +0000 Guitar World Staff A Little Thunder Pickups: Play Guitar and Bass Simultaneously — Demo Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Guitarist Andy Alt has introduced a new electric guitar pickup — dubbed "A Little Thunder" — that allows guitarists to play guitar and bass simultaneously. </p> <p>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. </p> <p>The addition of the bass feature requires no physical modifications to the guitar: no drilling, routing or adding strings. Nor will guitarists need to replace 9-volt batteries or use MIDI. They just need to remove their existing humbucker, and — with about five minutes of installation time — they'll have the ability to push a button to activate A Little Thunder.</p> <p>The three controls are on the custom-designed pickup ring: an on/off switch, a -1 or -2 octave switch and a polyphonic (two bass notes at once) or “low note priority” mode (The pickup detects the lowest note being played and applies the bass effect only to that note). </p> <p>Because the technology is housed within the pickup, players will experience virtually no latency or tracking issues, which they might experience with external technologies, such as octave pedals.</p> <p><a href="">A Little Thunder launched its Kickstarter campaign today (October 8, 2014)</a>, seeking to meet a $35,000 fundraising goal to go into production. Rewards for Kickstarter backers include a Steve Vai-autographed 1987 Ibanez RG550 prototype; a trip to Disneyland with Drake Bell; guitar lessons with Adam Ross (Rihanna), Gretchen Menn or Daniele Gottardo; the first serial numbers of the pickup; limited-edition designs by artist/musician Trisha Lurie and lots more. </p> <p>The Kickstarter video, which you can see below, features several artists trying A Little Thunder for the first time, including Jonny Two Bags (Social Distortion), Kirk Douglas (the Roots), Adam Levy (Norah Jones), Brad Oberhofer (Oberhofer) and more.</p> <p>A Little Thunder was conceived, patented and created by Alt, the online marketing director for Steve Vai, and, along with Vai, co-founder of <a href=""></a>. Alt also serves as lead guitarist for Drake Bell of Nickelodeon’s <em>Drake and Josh.</em></p> <p>“Prototypes of A Little Thunder have been incredibly fun and addicting to experiment with, and now it’s going to be available to anyone who wants to go deep into the depths of their guitar’s dark (but beautiful) soul," Alt says. </p> <p>"Metal players can now get super-heavy sounds without having to relearn an instrument that has more strings, jazz players can subtly add bass to comp along with their lines and singer-songwriters will sound fuller. My favorite configuration so far is the duo setting, where two people will now sound like much more. The most exciting part is to see what musicians will do with A Little Thunder.”</p> <p><strong>For more information about A Little Thunder, check out the video and photo gallery below, <a href="">visit its Kickstarter page</a> and <a href="">official website</a> and follow along on <a href="">Facebook</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> </iframe></p> A Little Thunder Add Bass to Your Guitar Andy Alt pickups Accessories Videos Bass Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:22:01 +0000 Damian Fanelli Sterling by Music Man at 2014 Summer NAMM: Steve Lukather Signature, Ray34 Bass, Ray35 Classic Active Bass and More — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> 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.</p> <p>We had a chance to visit the Sterling By Music Man booth while we were at the show. The highlights of our visit are chronicled in the video below.</p> <p>In the clip, we get an exclusive look at many of Sterling's signature models, such as the Steve Lukather Signature LK100D, the Ray34 bass, the Ray35 Classic Active bass and more!</p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Sterling by Music Man Steve Lukather Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Bass Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:14:01 +0000 Guitar World Staff "Tennessee Brand" Instrument Combines 12-String Guitar and Six-String Bass on One Neck — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>Let's just say that, while our research is still ongoing (We don't want to trust and publish everything that turns up in a random Monday-morning Google search), we did track a video or two, plus a link to a 10-string "Tennessee brand" bass that was sold online several years ago — so you can get a look at these things.</p> <p>The instrument in the video below is the more interesting of the "Tennessee brand" instruments we've turned up online. As stated above, it has 18 strings, combining a 12-string guitar and a six-string bass, all on one very wide neck.</p> <p>The clip is just under 1.5 minutes long. Enjoy — and let us know what you think of it in the comments or on Facebook. I'm betting these things aren't made in Tennessee! Thoughts?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Tennessee Videos Bass Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:26:55 +0000 Damian Fanelli