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Active Or Passive Bass Pickups: Which Is For You?

When the electric bass as we know it was first invented by Leo Fender and co, there was no such thing as ‘active and passive’ bass electronics; there was just ‘what was there.’ If you wanted to fine-tune your sound on a single-pickup Precision Bass, you had a passive tone control whose job was to reduce the treble frequencies, and you had whatever tone-shaping your amp offered – […] Continue Reading

Pickups For Jaguar, Jazzmaster, Mustang & Duo-Sonic

Fender’s range of classic ‘offset’ guitars is enjoying quite resurgence lately. Models like the Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Mustang, Bass VI and Duo-Sonic are popular with indie guitar players as well as those who play blues, classic rock and roots-rock. These guitars all have scale lengths that differ from the typical Fender 25.5″ and they typically have quite distinctive pickups and are loved for their clarity and character. They also […] Continue Reading

The Six Horsemen Of Tube Amps

I guess it’s safe to assume most of us are familiar with the big boys of amplifiers. Jim Marshall is still for many of us the Father Of Loud, and Leo Fender deserves his own bench in heaven for almost singlehandedly shaping music as we know it. There are many othersthough, who deserve to be mentioned as influential in shaping the guitar-world of this day and age. […] Continue Reading

Yngwie Malmsteen: Guitar God

The next Guitar Gods Festival takes place in Miami, Florida on February 19th, 2016. The brainchild of April Malmsteen, it’s a wall-to-wall showcase of virtuosity featuring performances by Steve Vai, Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, Gus G, Rudy Sarzo and of course Yngwie Malmsteen. And the centerpiece of the Guitar Gods Festival is the online competition where budding artists have been duking it out to determine […] Continue Reading

Seymour Duncan’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. The annual Black Friday stampedes, er, “sales” have officially kicked off the holiday shopping season. Last year it seemed as though some people in my household may have read my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, because Santa was very kind. And I did not receive any hot pink acoustic guitar-shaped earrings. Win-win situation I’d say. Continue Reading

The Apollo Jazz Bass Linear Humbuckers

Seymour Duncan’s engineering wizard Kevin Beller has been helping us develop products since the early days of the company and he’s also a bass player who is deeply passionate about developing new tone tools for musicians. His quest to capture the traditional tone but have it be completely noiseless with some performance modifications led to the creation of the Apollo Jazz Bass Linear Humbuckers. These pickups […] Continue Reading

The Other Cool Fender Guitars

Fender sure has been around a long time. For over 70 years, Fender has made more than just the iconic Big 4 instruments it is most likely known for: the Stratocaster, the Telecaster, the Precison Bass and the Jazz Bass. Continue Reading

5 Vibratos Every Guitarist Wants

The vibrato is one of the most used and sought-after techniques in music. From a theoretical standpoint, vibrato is “a rapid, slight variation in pitch producing a stronger or richer tone”. As many guitar-toting tone-seekers will agree, the right vibrato can make the difference between a good guitarist and a legendary one. Many of us can play the right notes, in the right order, and at […] Continue Reading

Effects Basics: Tremolo

You know the sound. It has been on thousands of records. It was built into the most popular amplifiers for a few decades. It was the first guitar effect pedal ever produced. Continue Reading

Flatwound Roundtable

If you've read my original bass string primer, you'll know that there are many different tonal characteristics to be found in the roundwound string realm. Continue Reading