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10 Great Female Rock Bass Players

Anne Erickson
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02.18.2014

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When it comes to bass players, there’s no denying the presence of fantastic female musicians in rock ‘n’ roll over the years. These women brought new philosophies and styles of playing to rock, alternative and metal, offering their own way to make the bass guitar sing and scream.
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Ace of Bass: 10 Greatest Bass Riffs of the Rock Era

Russell Hall
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02.18.2014

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Guitar riffs get all the attention, but strewn through rock and roll’s rich history are spectacular bass riffs that are just as memorable. From Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” to The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You,” the oft-under-appreciated four-string has powered the engine in countless classics. For the purposes of this feature, we’ve steered clear of jazz riffs – which warrant a consideration all their own – and instead focused on rock and roll, with a smattering of funk. Starting from that premise, below are 10 songs that feature unforgettable bass lines.
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Five Les Paul Melody Maker Myths: Busted

Craig Anderton
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02.18.2014

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You can’t blame me for being skeptical; after all, the Les Paul Melody Maker is the least expensive Les Paul in the 2014 lineup. But I wanted to check one out to experiment with some alternate guitar wirings (I wasn’t about to blob solder all over a Les Paul Standard), so I borrowed a charcoal gray model, and played it on a track to get a feel for the guitar. But then I played it on another track. And another. I went from being skeptical to impressed in about 30 minutes.
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Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks Guitar Legacy

Ted Drozdowski
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02.18.2014

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“All this bad news for Allman Brothers fans is probably good news for my book,” Alan Paul jokes when we begin talking about One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. His new oral history of the group becomes available on Tuesday, February 18, and is racking up preorders on Amazon and other outlets. Paul is referring, of course, to the impending 45th and final year of the band — a finale that refutes the assertion in “Midnight Rider” that the road goes on forever.
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Protection Perfected: A Case History

02.14.2014

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Gibson isn’t just about moving forward, but also taking a fond and respectful look at the past to draw from the best it had to offer. After all, Gibson set many of today’s standards—like humbucking pickups and the Tune-o-matic bridge. While there have been improvements over the years, their fundamental attributes remain both intact and appreciated.
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Lower Fret Wire: Improved Intonation and Feel

02.14.2014

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Some improvements have a domino effect, where one improvement leads to additional advantages. Cryogenically treated frets are a good example of this—once we started working with them, it became clear that due to the additional strength and minimal wear, it would be possible to have them sit lower to the fingerboard.
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New Serial Numbering: We’ve Got Your Number

02.14.2014

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Gibson guitars are the preferred guitars of not just the world’s best guitar players, but also the world’s most discerning collectors. To them, it matters whether a guitar was one of the first off the line or one of the last—for the same reason that art prints are numbered as part of a series, like print 34 out of a run of 100.
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The Fine Art of the Sequel Album

Peter Hodgson
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02.14.2014

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In a lot of ways, a good album is like a movie: it should have a beginning, a middle and an end. It should take you on a journey. You should learn something about the main character that you didn’t know before you started. The main character should learn something about themselves too. And it should leave you wanting more.
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Pure Bypass: The Sonic Expressway

02.14.2014

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When you want the ultimate in sonic purity, there’s no more direct path than sending your pickup output directly to the guitar’s output jack, without any intervening tone or volume controls to influence the pickup’s inherent sound. And that’s exactly what the Pure Bypass function does—it sends your bridge pickup output directly to the guitar output, thanks to a push switch on the bridge pickup tone control. It’s that simple.
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Phase Switch: Quick Change Tonality

02.13.2014

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Guitars are all about tone—and the more tonal versatility, the better. The Les Paul Standard, Les Paul Standard Plus, and Les Paul Premium Quilt have a phase reverse push switch on the neck pickup tone control that adds yet another level of sonic versatility.
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