Bass Guitars articles
- 08/12/16Getting started
The Top Brands for Guitar and Bass Cables - The best cables for guitar and bass
Cables are an indispensable element in any electric or acoustic-electric guitar or bass player's toolkit. They must not only transport the signal of the instrument with the least nuances possible, but they must also be robust, practical and, why not, nice-looking. With this in mind we polled our French readers to find out which are their favorit...
- 04/20/16Getting started
Kick Start Your Playing Skills - A practical approach to improving your instrumental abilities — quickly!
Are you in a rut on your instrument? Do you feel like you’ve been playing the same old stuff forever without any significant improvement? If so, and if you’re willing to commit an hour or so a day to your craft, you can improve your abilities appreciably, and broaden your musical horizons with the multipart strategy outlined in this article.
- 11/17/15Getting started
Beyond Passive Pickups - Everything about guitar and bass pickups - Part 5
An active pickup is a normal pickup ─ but active. Got it?
- 11/10/15Getting started
Pickup Formats - Everything about guitar and bass pickups - Part 4
Up to now we have been talking about what's inside the pickups, but today we'll deal with the physical appearance.
- 11/05/15Getting started
About Single-Coils, Dual-Coils and More - Everything about guitar and bass pickups - Part 3
Taking the pickup concept we've seen so far (the combination of one or several magnets surrounded by a coil), you get so-called single-coil pickups. This type of pickup produces a characteristic sound. Fender instruments use this sort of pickup, for instance. Unfortunately, this design has an inherent defect: it's sensitivity to interference.
- 10/28/15Getting started
What Are Guitar and Bass Pickups Made Of? - Everything about guitar and bass pickups - Part 2
In this second article of our series dedicated to guitar and bass pickups, we'll take a look under the hood.
- 10/20/15Getting started
How Magnetic Pickups Are Built and How They Work - Everything about guitar and bass pickups - Part 1
An essential part of electric stringed instruments, pickups are surrounded by a mysterious aura, lots of rumors and charm. For some, the instrument's wood and craftsmanship are at the core of its sound (considering that strings vibrate through the body and the neck), while the pickups only capture those vibrations and translate them more or less...
And the Guitar Was Born! - Classic Gear Spotlight: The Les Paul - Part 2
The telephone rings. Pegg's back suddenly stiffens, she adjusts her glasses before picking up the phone. She can tell by the timbre of the voice that asks for Ted McCarty that it's bad news for her boss.
History of the Les Paul - Classic Gear Spotlight: The Les Paul - Part 1
The tale begins in Winter 1951.
- 07/06/14Getting started
Soldering Basics for Guitar Players - Part 2 - How to Solder the Jack of an Electric Guitar
The musical instrument industry has chosen the best method for the internal cabling of electric instruments, namely soldering. But, as we will see in a moment, this way of connecting two conductors requires a little know-how.