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Exclusive first review of Tim Commerford's new signature StingRay in the new issue of Bass Player

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We meet the legendary Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave bassist... and road-test his new Stingray (Image credit: Future)

What does a bass player who has served time in Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Wakrat, Future User and Prophets Of Rage need from a signature bass guitar? Not simply power and tones, no. In one of two exclusives for Bass Player this month, we get the first look at Tim Commerford’s new, strictly limited-edition Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay, and we put it through its paces, examining a couple of innovations along the way that will definitely be of interest to you. This is no ordinary bass, believe us.

We also present you with the first review of Fender’s new Player Plus Precision, announced just before we went to press. Now, we’re as wary as you are about ‘new’ versions of old basses, and we’re keenly aware that Fender have been adding variants of their classic bass designs to their roster with increasing frequency over the years, so we were deliberately strict with our test. See our verdict on page 48.

As always, your friendly, value-packed BP is overflowing with bass goodness, so you’ll also read our chats with a wide range of bassists from the indie, avant-garde and classic rock worlds. We lay hands on a bunch of great new bass gear, from the costly to the affordable, and we bring you advice from our world-class stable of bass teachers. Get your copy at Magazines Direct.

Joel McIver

Joel McIver is the Editor of Bass Player magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV and occasionally teaches at BIMM.