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NS Design CR5 Radius 5-String Bass Guitar

NS Design CR5 Radius 5-String Bass Guitar

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By John McVarish | May 29, 2014

A bass that can do it all...or at least come close enough for jazz.

I'm making a list

So what does a demanding bassist require and how much are we (my significant other and I) willing to spend? First off, I'm old school and have never played in a pop band with a 5-string, but I'm ready to take the plunge. I've tried many 5-strings in stores and I want one that articulates well in the lows with a bottom B string that is more than a finger rest. For that, a 35” scale is near the top of my wish list.

Focusrite Saffire Pro 26

Focusrite Saffire Pro 26

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By Phil O'Keefe | June 06, 2014

Multi-channel Firewire / Thunderbolt Interface

The Focusrite name has an illustrious history, and the company has made some of the most respected large frame mixing consoles and outboard processors ever released. Their Saffire series of Firewire audio interfaces has long been a hit with users too, and today we'll be taking a look at the latest product in that series, the Saffire Pro 26, which is designed with studio recording and live performance use in mind.

Shure GLXD16 Wireless Guitar System

Shure GLXD16 Wireless Guitar System

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By Chris Marion | May 29, 2014

Let me start this review with a disclaimer and then a qualification. I am not a guitar player. But, in the last 35 years of my professional experience I have traveled the world playing with some of the best guitar players and I've literally recorded 1000s of songs listening to world-class guitar tone. In my experience with these phenomenal players, there are two things that are extremely important to guitarists, especially road warriors: tone and mobility. The Shure GLXD16 Wireless Guitar System addresses both of these issues with preeminent quality. Let's dig in!

This Week in Music History: July 14

This Week in Music History: Drifters Dismissed…Everlys Evaporate…Ronstadt Reviled…Spinner Stilled

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The Events That Rocked Music—The Week of July 14

Beyond the Kit: Exploring the World of Hand Drums

Beyond the Kit: Exploring the World of Hand Drums

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When someone says they play drums, the first thing that comes to mind for most of us is the modern drum kit. As a major driving force behind contemporary music, the drum kit is something of an icon, and the backbone of many of our favorite pop, rock, and jazz songs.

Recording Gear Buying Guide

Recording Gear Buying Guide

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How to choose the right audio recording equipment to match your skills, music, and budget

Applications for Amp in a Box Pedals

Applications for Amp in a Box Pedals

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By Chris Loeffler | June 13, 2014

Going Direct

As an amp purist, I have to admit I’ve often been intrigued by the potential direct amp-in-a-box pedals as an alternative to lugging around heavy gear and having to dial in the sound to every room. Not enough to have fully taken the plunge, until recently, but certainly enough to stay on top of the latest gear advances and demo units occasionally. When I noticed a band I was playing in was suffering from bad practice habits and a lack of knowledge in dialing in the sound right for live performances without the help of an engineer I decided it was time to explore the current state of direct technology for guitar and bass and see if it might be a solution to some of the problems we were facing.

Gibson Custom Shop LeGrande: The Pinnacle of Archtop Artistry

Gibson Custom Shop LeGrande: The Pinnacle of Archtop Artistry

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The Gibson Custom Shop LeGrande has a legacy that stretches back to 1961 when Gibson introduced the Johnny Smith archtop—a fitting tribute to the celebrated jazz guitarist. Some of Gibson’s best luthiers applied themselves to the task of creating this extraordinary jazz box that has since become a greatly sought-after instrument among collectors and jazz guitarists.

Violin Buying Guide

Violin Buying Guide

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How to choose the violin that matches your skill level and budget

Young Drummers: Show Off Your Skills and Win Cool Prizes!

Young Drummers: Show Off Your Skills and Win Cool Prizes!

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If you’re a drummer who’s 13–18, here’s your chance to show the world your chops and grab your share of nearly $25,000 in prizes!

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