Electric Bass

Humbucker vs. Single-Coil Pickups Explained

How they work and sound and what to consider when choosing guitar pickups.

The Burning Question: Jazz or Precision Bass?

Are you a potential J Bass or P Bass player? We’ll help you sort out the differences.

What’s Better: Dedicated Stompboxes or Multi-effects Pedals?

Where should you put your money? Into specialized, single-effect pedals? Or go for a versatile guitar multi-processor with a huge range of effects, editing and patch-saving capabilities?

Hands-On Review: Fender Bronco 40 Bass Combo Amp

Aside from cool modeling and tone tweaking tools, the little Bronco is an ideal bass box for studio or practice.

Hands-On Review: Ampeg SCR-DI Bass Guitar Pedal with Scrambler Overdrive

An innovative combination of preamp, overdrive, DI, and practice tool—this all-in-one, rugged stomp also puts a huge range of classic Ampeg tonal textures at your feet.

Tips Every Left-Handed Player Needs to Choose the Right Guitar or Bass

Lefties get left out of some of life’s simple pleasures, but not guitars. Learn everything you need to know about playing and purchasing a lefty guitar or bass.

The Best Bass Guitars for Beginners

How to choose the right electric bass to keep the beginning bassist in the groove without busting your budget

Behind the Brand: Our Interview with Reverend Founder Joe Naylor

The new guy in town talks about how his upstart brand is winning over converts everywhere

NS Design CR5 Radius 5-String Bass Guitar

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.

Lefty Guitarists: Not Left Out!

We lefties, as a people, have suffered perilously under the yoke of the right-handed scissor, the can opener, and of course the dreaded spiral notebook. It's too often that we find the odds stacked against us. Luckily, we can take a little solace in the knowledge that we are in good company. Lefties are to be found among notable scientists, world leaders and other luminaries, but especially in terms of left-handed guitarists. Some big names that are famous for shredding licks southpaw style are Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Billy Elliot Easton, and Tony Iommi. Heck even Justin Bieber plays guitar lefty—oh wait, I said "good company."

Iconic Body, Powerful Sound: Gibson's Thunderbird IV Bass

Video: Gibson EB 2014 Electric Bass Guitar - NAMM 2014

Craig Anderton, CMO of Gibson candidly speaks to us at Namm 2014 and gives us the skinny on a couple cool features he personally found exciting on the Gibson EB 2014 Electric Bass.

Video: Fender – Custom Shop Jason Smith

Mike Eldred of the Fender Custom Shop offers an in-hand tour of a very special one-off Jazz Bass crafted by Master Builder Jason Smith, and snagged by Musician's Friend for sale through its Private Reserve Guitars collection. Filmed at Winter NAMM 2014.

Product Spotlight: The Traveler Guitar TB-4P Travel Bass

A No-Compromise Bass Guitar Built for the Road

Tech Tip: Audio Compression Settings for Recording Bass Guitar

Since the electric bass has a wider dynamic range than many instruments, compression is often applied in order to maintain a more even volume level and to match the dynamics of the kick drum. When peaks are reduced, the entire bass part can be boosted in the mix without adding distortion.

The Bass That Buoyed The British Invasion

Hofner salutes the landmark Ed Sullivan Show appearance with a commemorative violin bass

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Bass Guitar

The strings on your electric bass have a powerful influence on the its tone and playability. If you’ve explored Musician’s Friend’s huge selection of bass guitar strings and come away a little confused, this guide’s for you. We’ll walk you through the ins and outs of choosing the bass strings that make sense for both your music and instrument.

Hands-On Review: Ibanez SR1200E and SR1405E Premium Basses

Detail and craftsmanship at an affordable price

Hands-On Review: G&L Tribute Guitars and Basses

The G&L feel, sound, and innovative features, moderately priced.

The SG Guitar Buying Guide

How to Choose the Gibson or Epiphone SG that's right for you and your budget

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