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Carvin SB5000 bass

Nordstrand SCPB Pickup

Lakland 44-07 Chi-Sonic

Zon Mosaic and Sonus Standard 5

D'Addario Strings

D'Addario Strings

How Scale Length Affects Your Sound

Bass String ConstructionBass String Construction

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Zon Guitars

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DR Handmade Strings

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Zon Sonus

Zon Sonus RTK5-String


"When I sample an artist signature model, I like to do some tracks that are in the style of the guy whose name is on the bass. In this case, that meant copping some Ozzy and Metallica licks. But the first cut is one of my licks, when demoing a rock and roll axe, I think 'go for the throat' is a good first move. Then I threw in some fat blues, slap, and a little bebop to show off the versatile nature of the instrument."


Godlyke Deity 10 string

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"When I think of double-coursed basses I think of Axis Bold As Love. First, I laid down a driving rock riff, then I grabbed a few Hendrix licks to give listeners the right context for this axe. Then, a little Pearl Jam for the kids. To round out the samples, I tried the improbable - slap on a 10 string? Why not! Donna Lee on a 10 string? You bet! Some country tic-tac? Boy howdy, yeah, I tell you what."

Warwick Buzzard Bass

Warwick Buzzard Bass

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"This bass came in as a review just in time for a Bass Guitar cover story on John Entwhistle, so I HAD to cop some classic Ox licks for the samples! But as I played it more, I discovered that this bass had a lot more going on. Check out the killer slap sound, and the fat blues tone. Looks can be deceiving, the Ox swung a mighty versatile axe."


Lakland Hollowbody Bass with Dark Star Pickups

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"Since there were so many tonal options available between the two pickups and the dark switch, I decided to play the same lick over and over with the different settings. My typical method with this is: neck pickup, both, then bridge pickup, switching between active and passive mode when applicable. In this case I switched between normal or 'dark switch' mode. It was very effective for hearing the subtle nuances of each configuration - but then I had to have some fun! I double-tracked some jazz with the front pickup used for the walking line, and the bridge pickup for the solo. Since the Dark Star pickups nailed the Jack Cassidy vibe, I used the Line 6 Pod Pro to dial up a tone similar to 'Crown Of Creation'."