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Posted in Bass, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - March 29, 2019

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) this week released the Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass® the latest iteration of Fender’s collaboration with the Guns N’ Roses bassist and New York Times bestselling author. The newest model in Fender’s Artist Signature Series captures the true musical essence of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee McKagan. Best known for his work with Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver McKagan has had an epic music career,  entertaining and inspiring countless fans. Now, with the Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass, he will continue influencing the industry with a bass guitar that epitomizes rock culture and caters to his unique, melodic playing style that’s impacted bass players and music-lovers everywhere.
“The Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass is a nice evolution of the original bass we released with him,” added Justin Norvell, EVP Fender Products. “While we were developing it, we worked closely with Duff and the first guitar tech for Guns N’ Roses – McBob – to give this bass even more versatility than ever. Duff played these basses on the latest Guns N’ Roses world tour and new features like instant Drop- D tuning with the Hipshot® Bass Xtender came in handy during those 30-song sets with 3 to 4 different tunings.”

The Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass is based on the ‘80s Jazz Bass Special he used while recording Appetite for Destruction. An evolution of his signature model, this bass adds all the features and stylistic touches that Duff loves. The black painted Modern “C”-shaped quartersawn maple neck has a “Deluxe Jazz Bass Special” headstock logo and rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlays, along with the number “12” at the twelfth fret. A must-have for live performance, the Hipshot® Bass Xtender allows instant Drop-D tuning with the flick of a lever. Duff’s signature sound comes from pairing a Fender vintage-style Precision Bass split-coil pickup with a Seymour Duncan® STKJ2B Jazz Bass single-coil bridge pickup. This thunderous tone can be shaped precisely by the Fender TBXTM (Treble/Bass Expander) tone circuit. Additional features include a Pure Vintage ‘70s bridge and a Duff skull-and-crossbones neck plate. A deluxe gig bag is also included.

“The original bass I bought was the only one I took on the road for the Appetite for Destruction tour,” McKagan said. “We had a backup bass, but we didn’t need it. At some point we went to get another bass, but we couldn’t find a Jazz Special, so we went to Fender. To flash forward, be a Fender artist and have my own signature bass with this company is incredible. Fender is James Jamerson, John Paul Jones and it’s the bass that all the greats played. I’m still kind of in awe, and I don’t take it for granted.”

New features inspired by the legendary bassist’s preferences include: instant Drop-D tuning, tonal versatility from a TBXTM (Treble/Bass Expander) tone circuit and a sleek black-painted neck with pearloid block inlays and binding. The signature bass also features a Pure Vintage ‘70s bridge and, as a special touch, a neckplate adorned with Duff’s signature skull-and-crossbones artwork.

McKagan also recently announced the upcoming release of his much-anticipated solo album, Tenderness, which was produced by and features Grammy® award-winner Shooter Jennings, as a musical follow-up to 2015’s best-selling book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions). McKagan and Jennings began recording in March 2018, working out of Station House studios in Echo Park, Calif., where they wrote and recorded in-between McKagan’s tour with seminal rock band Guns N’ Roses and the release of Jennings’ eponymous album, Shooter.

In true tradition, the Fender’s Artist Signature Series honors popular and iconic musicians through product progression and storytelling, creating instruments inspired by the unique specifications of the world’s greatest guitarists and bassists. “It’s an honor to collaborate with such an esteemed and iconic bassist like Duff,  who inspires musicians of all generations and continues to raise the bar through his recorded work and on stage in one of the world’s most iconic bands,” said Matt Watts, VP Artist & Integrated Marketing. “It’s signature artists like him that build on Fender’s tradition of bass excellence.”

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Posted in Amplifiers, Bass, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 19, 2019

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips chats with Phil Jones about the new PJB Big Head Pro Headphone Amp and a general discussion on Phil’s philosophy on sound.

Phil Jones Bass products distributed in Australia by

PJB has introduced a high performance multi-function headphone amplifier/digital audio interface: the BIGHEAD PRO (Model HA-2). The HA-2 is the second model in the Bighead series and is a step up model of the popular HA-1 Bighead with added technology and features. The HA-2 is a high resolution USB audio interface that supports PCM playback with up to 384 KHz sample rate/24 bit resolution. On DSD playback, sample rates of 2.822MHzand 5.644 MHz are supported, making it the ideal choice for musicians and engineers that desire high performance and the purest sound quality.

It is a rechargeable lithium ion dynamo that is ideal for use in practice or recording situations. It also functions as a headphone booster amp as well as a preamp to drive powered amplifiers. The HA-2 has both passive and active instrument inputs with a 2 band EQ that is ideal for guitar and bass, yet versatile enough for use with other instruments.

Other features include Master Volume, Input Gain, Treble/Bass for instrument input signal, Headphone jack, Line out, Input, AUX input, Micro USB for battery charge and digital interface, Frequency response of 10Hz-40KHz. The dimensions are (WxDxH) 3” x 5.9” x 0.9” and it weighs 0.6 lbs. A soft bag, micro USB cable and 3.5 jack stereo signal cable are included.

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Posted in Bass, Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - February 11, 2019

Drew from Ernie Ball Music Man shows us the new guitar and bass models at NAMM Show 2019 including: StingRay Short Scale basses, ‘Tiger Eye’ Majesty, Jason Richardson Artist Series 7 string Cutlass, Hunter Hayes Artist Series Cutlass, Dustin Kensrue (Thrice)  StingRay guitar.

Ernie Ball Music Man distributed in Australia by CMC Music.

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Posted in Bass, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - January 15, 2019

Warwick will be presenting a number of new bass products worth seeing and hearing at booth 4636 in Hall D at this year’s NAMM Show 2019, taking place from 24th to 27th January in Anaheim/California. Warwick Masterbuilt, Warwick Teambuilt and RockBass novelties await you there.

1. New Warwick 2019 – Masterbuilt Custom Shop

Corvette $$ Neckthrough LTD 2019 Masterbuilt
The Masterbuilt LTD 2019 model is a very distinctive Corvette $$ NT, which will be available as 4 or 5 string bass. The eye catcher of the Corvette $$ Neckthrough LTD 2019 Masterbuilt is a top and matching headstock from Californian Buckeyeburl, with natural satin / multicolor chrome acrylic finish. The body is made of Swamp Ash and the machine knobs are made of wood. The maple neck with ekanga veneer stripes meets the body in a hidden neck through construction, the tigerstripe ebony fretboard features 24 jumbo bronze frets, Yin Yang fretboard inlays and illuminated side dots.
Two passive MEC MM-Style humbuckers with metal housings work together with an active Warwick 2-way electronics, rechargeable lithium battery and controls for volume, balance, treble & bass as well as two 3-way mini-switches for the two humbuckers (in series / parallel / single coil).

Upgrades for all Masterbuilt instruments from 2019
From 2019 all Warwick Masterbuilt Custom Shop basses will be equipped with pickups with metal housings and Schaller tuners.

2. New Warwick 2019 – Teambuilt Pro Series

Corvette $$ Bolt on LTD 2019 Teambuilt
As in previous years, the Masterbuilt Corvette $$ LTD model is accompanied by a “Made in Germany” Teambuilt Pro Series model.
Just as attractive as its Masterbuilt counterpart, the Corvette $$ Bolt on LTD 2019 Teambuilt will be available as a 4 or 5 string bass. The body is also made of swamp ash, with a spectacular textured Californian Buckeye burl-top with natural satin / multicolor chrome acrylic finish. The 3-piece maple neck with ekanga veneer stripes is bolt on; it carries a tigerstripe ebony fingerboard and is equipped with 24 jumbo frets and illuminated side dots.
Like the Masterbuilt model, two passive MEC MM-style humbuckers with active Warwick 2-way electronics and controls for volume, balance, treble & bass as well as two 3-way mini-switches for the two humbuckers (in series / parallel / single coil) are installed.

Sklar Bass I Artist Series Teambuilt
The magnificent Warwick Masterbuilt Sklar Bass I Signature will also be available from 2019 as an Artist Series Teambuilt 4 string model, optionally in vintage sunburst transparent high polish or burgundy blackburst transparent high polish finish.
The body of the Sklar Bass I Artist Series Teambuilt consists of mahogany with AAA flamed maple top and carved body shape, the set neck is made of maple with ekanga veneer stripes. The tigerstripe ebony fingerboard is equipped with 21 frets and illuminated side dots, the electronics consists of two active MEC vintage single coils as well as an active MEC 2-way electronics with controls for volume, balance, treble and bass.

Upgrades for all Teambuilt instruments from 2019
All Warwick Teambuilt basses will be shipped with a certificate of authenticity and original photo from 2019.

3. New Warwick 2019 – RockBass

Idolmaker 4 string / 5 string RockBass
Last year the Framus Idolmaker got a Warwick Masterbuilt and a Teambuilt model counterpart each. In 2019 the Idolmaker Bass will be also available as a 4 string and 5 string RockBass instrument.
The RockBass Idolmaker is equipped with mahogany body, carved body shape, bolt-on maple neck, wenge fingerboard, Warwick Just a Nut III Tedur nut, 20 nickel silver frets, Warwick security locks as well as passive MEC vintage single coil pickups, active RockBass 2-way electronics and controls for volume, balance, treble & bass.

Sklar Bass I Artist Line RockBass
Under the RockBass label there will also appear a Sklar Bass I in the Artist Line this year. The body of this unmistakable instrument consists of mahogany with AAA Flamed Maple top and Carved Body Shape, the set neck consists of maple. The tigerstripe ebony fingerboard is equipped with 21 frets, the electronics offers two passive MEC vintage single coil pickups, an active RockBass 2-way electronics and controls for volume, balance, treble & bass.
Other features include chrome hardware, a two-piece Warwick bridge and Warwick security locks.

Updates for all RockBass Alien Models
From 2019 all RockBass Alien models will be manufactured exclusively with a solid spruce top, in satin finish and with thumb rest. Included is a high quality RockBag.

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Warwick distributed in Australia by Amber Technology

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Posted in Bass, Gear    //    Post Date - July 6, 2018

Introducing the all-new 2018 Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Special Bass. First introduced in 1976, the StingRay bass has become one of the most iconic bass guitars in history. Available now in North America and September worldwide. For the first time in over 30 years, the Ernie Ball Music Man…

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Posted in Bass, Gear    //    Post Date - March 14, 2018

Justin Meldal-Johnsen has worked with some amazing artists such as Jeff Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Paramore, and many more, not only as a bassist but also as a top tier producer as well. The JMJ Road Worn Mustang Bass is as period correct to the 1966 Fender Mustang bass as possible….

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Posted in Bass, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - February 18, 2018

Nicolas Wilfer presents new Warwick and Framus product from their booth at the 2018 NAMM Show. Warwick and Framus distributed in Australia by Amber Technology

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Posted in Bass, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - February 12, 2018

Australian Musician headed down to the Ernie Ball Music Man booth at NAMM 2018 to have a word to AJ Braman about the new product range for 2018. Check these video on the new Stingray bass range, Valentine guitars, new St Vincent models and the Cutlass guitars. Ernie Ball Music…

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Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Gear    //    Post Date - February 3, 2018

Cole Clark Guitars CEO Miles Jackson presents the new acoustic guitar range at their NAMM booth and luthier Neil Kennedy shows us the new Cole Clark basses. This was filmed on the day that Cole Clark took out a Best in Show Award at NAMM as a company to watch…

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Framus & Warwick Anniversaries: Hans-Peter Wilfer reflects

Posted in Bass, Gear    //    Post Date - January 2, 2018

In 2017, Framus celebrated its 70th anniversary and the Markneukirchen-based bass manufacturer Warwick celebrated its 35th anniversary. CEO and founder of the company Hans-Peter Wilfer, his wife and head of international sales – Florence Wilfer as well as Marcus Spangler, Head of R&D – talk in a new video interview…

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