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[caption id="attachment_5906" align="alignleft" width="300"] Terri Breeze[/caption] The original idea for 101 Basses came about after watching a movie called "Julie and Julia"  One of the two main characters (Julie) decided to create a blog where she made every recipe in Julia Child's cookbook over the period of one year.  I'd already been working on Bass-Aholic (see "About Bass-Aholic") for a ...


Sex and Violence and Rock 'n' Roll
Or, maybe just a girl with a bass? My name is Terri and I've been playing for just about as long as can remember.  People tell me I play pretty well.  (I always want to say, "...you mean for a girl!?")  I also play guitar and a bit of piano, mandolin and few other things.  But mostly I play bass. My purpose for this blog is to try to document interesting stuff about music, musicians and most...


Granny Rock
I thought I'd give a brief history of my playing. I realized in doing this that I'd be giving away my age. (oh well)  Of course I look very young for my age! I started playing guitar when I was twelve and practiced everyday until I had blisters and the skin at the end of my fingers was raw.  I started by working through a book of chords learning old country and western songs like Down In The Va...


Bass Number 1 - Fender Precision
Since this blog is called One Hundred and One Basses I figured I should talk about basses. My "Number One" blog bass just happens to be the second one I've ever owned. Before I officially started playing bass I would often play basses that belonged to friends.  When I officially decided to be a bassist my first job was to buy a bass.  At the local music store I found an inexpensive bass that...


Bass Guitar Number 2 – '92 Warwick Corvette Proline
This bass is a 1992 5-string Warwick Corvette Proline.  I bought this a few years ago from Long & McQuade.  I know little about its past, but there are a few unusual things about it.  First of all the body is ash which is not too common and Proline series seems to have been discontinued. Shortly after I got this I was trying to understand what all the control knobs were for.  I found a PDF ...


Bass Number 3 – Godin A4 Fretless
I'm one to frequent the music stores.  I also tend to try to go to lots of different stores.  One reason for this is so that I get to see lot of different instruments.  The other reason is because I'm afraid that the salespeople will think I'm nuts because I'm always hanging around. The reality is likely quite different.  I find that a lot of these sale-guys are really very nice and they like n...


Bass Number 4 – Epiphone EB-0
A few years ago my daughter was bugging me to buy her a bass.  She was about twelve at the time.  For whatever reason, I had sort of been putting it off. One day I was driving her back from school and we were about to pass my favorite music store.  I suggested that we stop and look for a bass for her and her eyes lit up.  When we walked into the bass department she went straight to a black Epip...


Bass Bass Bass (Bais, Bayce, Bass)
Okay this may be a bit silly or anal or whatever, but here it is... Nomenclature:  Bass is bass.  When I say bass I'm usually referring to an "electric bass" which is what a lot of people refer to as a bass guitar.  (In my books "bass guitar" is a misnomer.)  I often refer to guitars and sticks and sometimes other stringed instruments as basses, just because, well I guess it's an age related ...


Terri's Bass-Aholic
In January of this year I had the idea of creating a website that would catalog all of the different models of basses that I was familiar with.  My partner Anita figured there were only a hand full of companies making basses.  I thought I could come up with maybe a dozen or two at the most. As you will see if you follow this blog, we were both very mistaken! My intent was to list only the basse...


Do you have GAS?
If you've been reading this blog you may have GAS.  I May have it too. GAS is a funny acronym that stands for Gear Acquisition Syndrome.   Follow the this link to a wiki explanation. People that have GAS have an unending need to buy more stuff.  Originally the "G" stood for Guitar, but now its use is more general.  Thankfully so.  Otherwise bassist would need to say they have BAS for Bass Ac...


Bass Number 5 – Amazing 5-string Bass
Okay, maybe this one shouldn't count.  But I'm adding it here just because its a curious bass. If you think I'm cheating, I'll make this 102 basses. ;) One day in the late 80's I walked into my local music store and was browsing the basses.  I came across this rather strange looking bass.  It was after all the 80's and Ned Steinberger's basses were already pretty popular.  The bass was made by ...


Epiphone MM-30E/AS Mandolin
The mandolin was always one of those instruments on the fringe on my consciousness.   When I was young I remember seeing them in instrument catalogs.  I may have clumped them in with country music instruments.  In those days that kind of music just wasn't cool.  Remember that quote from the Blues Brothers movie, "We like both kinds of music.  Country and Western!" (A side note though.  I have t...


Bass Number 7 – Ibanez Soundgear SR506 6-string Bass
This bass is really cool.  It's one of those basses you see on the wall in a music store and you go "Yeah that looks okay."  I probably saw this one hanging there for some time before I decided to try it. Once I did I was pretty blown away.  This bass has the widest neck I've ever played, while at the same time it's probably the thinnest. The thin neck combined with very low action makes thi...


The Chapman Stick (It’s not a bass!)
My consciousness of the Chapman Stick goes back to the 1980’s.  Bruce Cockburn was playing in Vancouver and his bassist was playing this strange instrument that I later learned was called a Stick.  In those days there was no Google, so it was hard to learn more about it. There was also this bassist playing on Peter Gabriel’s album ‘So’ that was credited as playing bass and stick.  His name was ...


The Business of Stick
(continued from "The Chapman Stick (It's not a bass!)" In the 1960’s Emmett Chapman was a jazz guitarist.  During this time he developed a style of playing that he called “Free Hands”.  This involved keeping both hands parallel to the fret board while tapping instead of plucking the strings. Over the next few years this style of playing would evolve into a new instrument called the Chapman S...


Jerry Jones Supreme Electric Sitar
My good friend John Haynes, aka The Psychic Cowboy, is one of those rare musicians that doesn't just play one instrument well.  He plays lots of instruments well.  In his band Lotus he plays guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo.  He also sings, writes and plays the drums as well.  On his CD's John provides much of the texture that gives Lotus' music its depth. So it was no surprise to get a call fr...


Bass Number 9 – American Standard Precision Bass V 5-string
My friend John and I have had this discussion a few times.  Why does anybody still make 4-sting basses?  Lots of people have 4-strings with an extender keys (See Hipshot) but why bother.  Why not just make 5-string basses?  They're just like 4-strings but have an extra string so you can play lower. Fender has taken the all time classic bass, the Fender Precision, and made it one string better. ...


The Real Reason We Play Music
When I was growing up we used to have this record player. It wasn’t a stereo. Stereo hadn’t been invented at the time it was made. It was this big piece of furniture. My mom kept it covered with a lace doily and a few house plants. It had a door on the left that, when opened, exposed the radio knobs, a turntable and two shelves. The radio had two bands, AM and Short Wave. The turntable was f...


101 Bass Manufacturers on Bass-Aholic
Today marks the one hundred and first bass manufacturer to be added to the basses list on Terri’s Bass-Aholic. Lucky 101 is Airline.  I had heard about them here and there but finally found some pictures and a couple of references to them today.  Airline went out of business in 1968, but their heritage remains today with players  such as Jack White from the White Stripes. Of the 101 companie...


Bass Number 6 – G&L L-2000 Bass
When you walk into a music store your eyes automatically scan "the wall".  At Deep Cove Music there are lots of basses and guitars in a wide range of prices.  After a first pass of the lower wall, a bass on the upper wall caught my attention.  I really am a sucker for a nice paint job. This bass is a G&L L-2000.  If you don't already know, G&L stands for George and Leo.  That's George F...


Deep Cove Music
For me Deep Cove is the best place on earth.  I've lived in the neighborhood for seventeen years and for me this is home. The gateway to the Cove is an intersection with what was once a gas station on the corner.  The pumps are long gone and it's now an auto repair shop. Further down the block is the neighborhood pub.  The local landmark, "You know where the Raven Pub is?" In between the ...


Bass Number 8 – Daisy Rock – Rock Candy Custom Bass
Over the years I've known many female musicians and many of them played very well.  Lots of women that learn to play guitar, and especially bass, start with an immediate disadvantage.  They try to play instruments that were made to fit male hands.  String spacing, neck thickness, string gauge, body weight and scale length are all designed to fit the hands of the men that build and design guitars. ...


Bass Number 11 – Hagstrom Baluga
I'll start this off by coming completely clean...  I really only played this bass for a few minutes, so I really can't give it a fair review. This is a new Hagstrom Baluga bass.  For me Hagstrom was always one of those companies that built great instruments, but were highly under-rated and under-noticed.  (If that's a word) The 70's Hagstrom Swedes were very nice guitars.  I played with a gu...


Bass Number 10- Rickenbacker 4003
OH RICKY! The 10th bass article on 101 Basses is the Rickenbacker 4003.  A fitting place on my list, because for me this Ric has always been a perfect ten. The story of the 4003 started in 1957 when Rickenbacker introduced the model 4000 bass.  The model 4000 was the first Rickenbacker bass to feature that familiar crested wave. In 1961 the model was updated and became the 4001.    The de...


1962 Epiphone Granada
I think a lot of people think of Epiphone as a budget guitar.  At the same time they think of Gibson as a high end guitar,  while for many years both instruments were made side by side in the same Kalamazoo Michigan plant using many of the same components.   In the years before Gibson owned Epiphone, Epiphone was a major competitor of Gibson.  So there's no dissing Epiphone as a maker of quality b...


Music Recording with Cubase
When I was about twelve or so I got a tape recorder for Christmas.  It was a cassette recorder and it came with a small pencil microphone.  Really the only thing you could do with it was to record something by placing the microphone in front of it and pressing record.  If a good song came on the radio, you'd record the radio by placing the microphone in front of it.  Of course somebody would alway...


Garage Sale Guitars
I've never been much for going to garage sales.  They're always about people asking for money for stuff that should really go to the dump.  Or at best to the Salvation Army.  Or is that right? I also hate having garage sales.  It's the other side.  Having people come in to your yard and try to take all your valuable stuff for nothing. Maybe all my predefined assumptions are all wrong.  I've ...


The Rusty Gull
Years ago when I played in Prog Rock cover bands most of the music you heard in bars and clubs was the music of the era.  Everything from main stream rock to disco or the jazz fusion of the time.  The common element was lots of amplification.  And it was always one band for the entire evening.  It was common for bands to get a gig that would play from Monday to Saturday, usually playing four forty...


Ibanez Masa SX72 Electric Acoustic Guitar
I don't usually get all that excited about acoustic guitars.  There are of course an infinite number of designs, and the range of quality is enormous. For me, this Ibanez acoustic was love at first sight.  (Well maybe extreme interest at first sight.)  During one of my trips to the Rusty Gull this guy was playing this guitar as part of an acoustic set.  It had a very cool sound.  And, as usual,...


Desperately Seeking Shifter
In an email from Michel at Godin Guitars, Michel was talking about the upcoming release of the Godin Shifter bass.  "...the Shifter will be available in a 5 string version. The Shifter 5 will be available later this year...You should go try a Shifter out. The neck pickup has a nice growl to it...more like an Gibson than a Fender. The 6 pickup combinations basically offer jazz bass, precision bass,...


Bass Number 12 – Squire Jazz Bass Fretless
This bass is a new Squire Vintage Modified Jazz Bass® Fretless and becomes number 12 of 101 Basses. Squire, as you likely already know, is currently Fender's budget model brand.  Most of the models you can get from Fender are available in lower end models from Squire. In previous years Fender had  lost a lot of business to companies that would produce cheap copies of their high end instrumen...


Bass Number 13 – Traben Pheonix
From an artistic standpoint this bass is outstanding.  It has an awful lot of detail that a lot of instruments don't have.  The fretboard inlay is the "Pheonix" flame, which runs almost the entire length of the neck.  The fretboard itself is made of rosewood and the neck is bolted on.  The elaborate chrome flame on the body appears to be part of the bridge.  Which I suppose would mean a solid conn...


Bass Number 14 – Hofner Icon Series Beatle Bass
Hofner was founded in Germany in 1887 by Karl Hofner.  The company soon became the largest manufacturer of stringed instruments in Germany. In 1956 Hofner produced its first electric bass, the 500/1.  The styling borrowed heavily from the violin and was known as the volin bass. In the Beatles Hamburg days Paul McCartney came across the bass and liked it,  mostly because it was affordable.  I...


Bass Number 16 – G&L Tribute L-2500
When I see a bass with more than four strings it always grabs my attention.  After playing my Warwick for a while I got very used to having that B string.  Frankly, I've even begun to wonder why anyone would produce a four string bass any more. The whole four, five, six string bass debate could go on for a long time, but this article is about the 5-string G&L L-2500. A while back I wrote...


Bass Number 15 – NS Double Bass
This bass is an NS CR Series Double Bass.  NS of course stands for Ned Steinberger.  Ned is responsible for a number of innovations over the past few decades.  The most famous Steinberger design is the L series basses and guitars from around 1979.  Many artists played these basses including one of my faves, Michael Rutherford from Genesis. In 1987 Ned sold his company to Gibson and in 1990 foun...


Cool Paint Jobs - Ooooo, Pretty Colours!
"Colored lights can hypnotize" I'm always joking about how I'm a sucker for a pretty paint job.  But isn't there something exciting about a brightly coloured bass or guitar? In the accordion's heyday bright sparkly finishes were part of their appeal.  My mother in-law still has an old red sparkle accordion that she brings out at Christmas and plays On Top of Old Smoky for the family.   (Gary...


Godin LG – 6-string Electric – A Tale of Two Guitars
A few years ago I found myself wanting to record some demos.  Mainly I wanted to do this so that I could build a website and post some demos of myself playing bass.  This was before I'd heard of myspace.  So in my usual fashion I started from scratch and built what was to become my Girl-On-Bass website. Once I started recording it wasn't long before I had the need to add some guitar tracks.  I'...


Theremin Girl
I was so impressed by this that I had to share it.  I've long been fascinated by tapping instruments like the Chapman Stick.  But there are lots of players out there doing great stuff on regular guitars playing the same style. Today I just happened across Anna, aka Theremin Girl.  Here is someone that does Stick style tapping on a 6-string bass.  Her playing is pure genius. Please take a loo...


Bass Number 17 – Beaver Creek Travel Bass
Beaver Creek is one those funny little companies that are hard to figure out.  They are owned by D'Addario, but D'Addario doesn't list them as one of their brands. From their website, this is their entire "about" page... "The manufacturer of BeaverCreek guitars has over 30 years of experience in designing, building, and distributing instruments worldwide. They continue to manufacture for ...


Bass Number 18 – Washburn AB-10
This is a very cool looking acoustic electric bass.  It's a Washburn AB-10 acoustic/electric bass and is bass number eighteen on 101 Basses. What's unique about this bass is its styling, with it's "Florentine" cutaway and it's "Soundslot" that replaces the traditional round or "f" style sound hole. According to the Washburn website, the "Patented Soundslot technology - reduces the possibilit...


Bass Number 19 – Fender Fretless Jazz Bass
That big white fur-ball beside me in this picture is my ragdoll cat, Sora.  Just in time for bass photos he decided it was time to play.  What a ham.  (Hey, that's my job!) A few weeks ago I decided to try out a Squire Fretless Jazz Bass.  After playing it for a week or so I happened across this Fender version of the same instrument. Fender produces many of the same products in at least thre...


Bass Number 24 Schecter Stilleto Deluxe 8 (ebay bass)
Another Schecter??? Suddenly there are Schecters everywhere?  A few months ago I'd never played one.  Now I have two and this one is the third Schecter bass to-date in 101 Basses.  This bass is a Schecter Stiletto Deluxe 8.  It's an 8-string bass. For those that haven't seen an 8-string bass before, it is to basses what a 12-string is to guitars.  It has four courses of two strings.  Each...


Cool Art Benefits Red Cross
Yeah, okay.  So I'm selling stuff.  I came across this pendant on Crystal Bowersox's website.  I just thought it was really cool.  I have a thing for necklaces and especially those with music themes.  You can get more info at http://www.pennyroyalsilver.com/ Proceeds go to the Toledo Red Cross. Terri PS  Why no! I don't have one yet. ;^)


Please Mister Postman Look And See…
...if there's a bass in your bag for me. Okay, so I've finally done it. I bought a bass on ebay.  I've been looking around for an 8-string bass for quite a while.  And they seem to be very hard to come by.  The only one's I've ever seen in stores are the re-issue Hagstrom HB-8's. They're pretty nice I guess.  But I'm not really sure why Hagstrom calls them re-issues.  The original Hagstrom 8...


Bass Number 20 – Schecter Stiletto Elite 5
Arg!!!  So here I am again.  Just like when I first played my old Godin LG or my Warwick.  I can't get this bass out of my head. Over the July 4th weekend, my family and I went to visit some family in Washington state.  I wanted to check out Guitar Center. I'd seen them on line quite a bit but had never been in one of their stores.  I wanted to see what kind of selection they had in a typica...


Kudos to Guitar Center
I have to give a big thumbs up to Guitar Center.  On a recent road trip I was able to stop at two of their stores.  Kirkland WA and Spokane WA.  The staff at both of these stores were fantastic! In Kirkland I met a nice young (possibly Russian) man.  I told him I was looking at 5 and 6-string basses.  It was quite cute when he asked, "Is this for you?".  I know, I look like somebody's grandma. ...


The Sound of Bass
Good friends are ones that tell you when you are wrong.  They don't do it in a mean way, but rather they just subtly point you in a different direction. My friend John Goulter is one of those people.  "So, what did it SOUND like", was his comment about a bass posting I made.  It made me realize that the whole point of writing about basses was not how pretty they are (visual) or how nice they fe...


Bass Number 21 Warwick Star Bass II
[caption id="attachment_700" align="alignleft" width="259"] Warwick Star Bass[/caption] This is one of those basses they hang high on the wall in a music store.  And with good reason.  It is a very special and pricey bass. Luckily, I'm pretty tall, but still almost dropped it getting it down.  I don' t think the salesman noticed. Lately hollow bodies have been grabbing my attention more and ...


Bass Number 22 Schecter Stiletto Studio 6
Finally I have this bass in my hot little hands.  I've been looking at these basses for a long time.  They seemed to me to be a hot competitor to Ibanez with maybe a better quality product.  Just my opinion at this moment.  But I'd like to hear if anybody has any thoughts on this. The Schecter company has its roots in building guitar parts, then building their own guitars. They have been bought...


Where on Earth is Rob Friedman?
It's only been in the past months that I've learned about "Not Just Another Music Shop", a little music store on Main Street in Vancouver that's been a fixture in the Vancouver music scene for a few decades. According to their website, "Not Just Another Music Shop has received much publicity throughout its lifetime. In 1991 it was voted "One of the 10 Best Music Stores" by Details Magazine. In ...


Update to Bass # 18 Washburn AB-10
If you remember the previous post about the Washburn AB-10 that I was considering buying.  I was back at B-Sharp music picking up my Schecter 6 a week ago and the salesman remembered that I was interested in the bass.  The bass had been sitting on the wall for something like three years without a buyer.  A few days after I was in, a young boy came in to purchase it.  Apparently he had been crazy a...


Bass Number 23 Dingwall Combustion
Dingwall is one of those brand names I've known about for awhile, but never really knew much about them.  Recently a couple of things about them caught my attention.  The first was that the company is based in Saskatoon.  As a proud Canadian, I'm always looking for great Canadian made basses.  The other thing was that the fretboard has "fanned frets".  I'd seen this in pictures of instruments from...


Bass Number 25 Peavey Millennium 5-string BXP
Oops somebody forgot to tell me  to smile.  Sorry! This bass is a Peavey Millennium and is bass number 25 on 101 Basses. The company Peavey was founded in 1965 by Hartley Peavey and is currently a huge corporation that produces everything from amplifiers to microphones to software.  They also produce guitars and basses. My knowledge of Peavey is mostly as a manufacturer of guitar and bass...


Bass Number 26 Galveston 4-string Fretless Bass
While visiting Westcoast Music I asked the owner if they had any fretless basses.  She disappeared for a moment then dropped this one in my lap. I have to admit to having very little knowledge of the Galveston brand.  Mostly what I have seen of them is very inexpensive instruments for sale on ebay.  So I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about this one. This bass is not so inexpensive...


Bass Number 28 Ibanez EWB30 Acoustic Electric Bass
I don't know when somebody came up with the idea of putting 4-strings on an acoustic guitar.  I'm sure that when I was growing up there was only 6-string and sometimes 12-string guitars.  If you wanted an acoustic bass it was a full sized six foot tall double bass.  (bass violin) As part of my quest to have a "full range" of basses one of these acoustic basses seemed like a requirement.  After ...


Westcoast Music
Westcoast Music is little music store located on West Broadway in Vancouver.  I first learned of them when trying to locate a Schecter Dealer several months ago.  I came across them again more recently on Facebook After a few messages on Facebook I decided to pay them a visit and see what they had for basses. This is not a big store and the bass section is even smaller, but they still had a ...


Carter Universal 12 Pedal Steel Guitar
When I was about fifteen years old, this would have been about the most un-cool instrument around.  It epitomizes something that would have made my teen aged eyes roll right out of their sockets. Of course now I'm lot more grown up.  Well at least in some ways.   And now I think this instrument is very cool and after having a chance to see one up close I'm actually quite in awe of it. A peda...


Bass Number 27 Bayou BB40 Acoustic Electric Bass
This bass is an acoustic electric bass from Bayou.  I didn't record the model in the store, but matching it up to the Bayou website it appears to be a BB40.  This bass is pretty decent and I acually liked it a lot.  If it wasn't for another bass in the store I may have ended up taking this one home. One thing I really liked about this bass was that it is made locally.  The literature says they ...


Tony Franklin on Fretless Bass
Tony Franklin is one hot bass player.  And he plays pretty well too! Frankly, I don't know a lot of his music, but have seen a number his videos on YouTube.  He's quite a cool guy and phenomenal bassist.  His specialty is fretless bass.  In particular the Fender Precision fretless.  He has his own signature model Fender and is also a spokesperson for SWR amps. Please have a listen/watch of t...


Bassless in Seattle
"I just flew back from Seattle and boy are my arms tired" - paraphrased from Red Skelton My best friend and I just returned from an overnight trip from Vancouver to Seattle.  Somehow I managed to play at least a dozen instruments and return home empty handed.  I must be slipping. We drove down late Thursday afternoon and after almost an hour waiting to get across the border, we found a nice...


Seattle's Bass Northwest
This is article number two of our trip to check out basses in Seattle click here to see the first article. After getting all fueled up on Starbucks our first music store stop was Bass Northwest.  The store is located at 119 Yesler Way in Seattle and is a twelve minute walk from Pike Place Market. This first destination is absolutely the place for bass players and is billed as "The largest ba...


Bass Number 29 Dean Edge Fretless 5 string Bass
Dean is a company the bills itself as "The World's Finest Guitars", but yet likely 90% of their product line sells for under $500.00 and probably half are under $350.00, so I'm a little skeptical of that claim.  Or can you make it good and cheap???  (See more on bass-aholic) We don't see a lot of Dean in Vancouver.  The few that I have seen in Guitar Center's really do have an inexpensive look ...


Bass Number 30 Roscoe SKB-3005 Fretless 5-string Bass
This bass is a Roscoe SKB-3005 5-string fretless bass.  This is huge jump up in price from the previous Dean bass article.  Going for around $3300.00. The first thing you notice about this bass is its fingerboard.  It is made of something called black diamondwood.  I'm not clear as to what this is, but did find an article on Talkbass.  If anyone can shed some light please comment. This finge...


Bass Number 31 Nash JB-63
This bass is one of those basses that I could have easily passed by in the store, but gratefully Eddy Ferguson at Bass Northwest pointed it out to me. At first glance this is either a very old Fender Jazz bass or one of those new "road worn" Fender basses that are pretending to be old Fender basses. But, "BZZZZTT - YOU LOSE", on both counts.  This bass is a U.S. hand built Nash JB-63.  Presu...


Bass Number 32 Alembic Epic 5-string Bass
I've known about Alembic for almost as long as I've  known about Fender, Gibson or Rickenbacker.  The difference is that if the other three are Chevy, Ford and Chrysler, then Alembic is a Rolls Royce. This is a brand that has specialized in high end basses for decades.  Their basses are played by some of the highest profile players around. My favorite Alembics are the Signature Standard and ...


Bass Number 33 F Bass VF5
The first thing you have to know about F Bass is where they are from.  Can you guess?  Shall I sing O'Canada??? (It's that song they play at hockey games.) F Bass is Located in Hamilton Ontario, which is about 70 KM south west of Toronto.  The company is owned by George Furlanetto.  (Isn't F Bass a lot easier to say than Furlanetto?)  The company appears to employ about ten people. When I wa...


Bass Number 34 Ibanez GWB35 Gary Willis 5-string Fretless
This was the last bass I played at Bass Northwest.  Eddy brought this one out to show me one more 5-string fretless. A couple of things left me a bit underwhelmed.  One was the flat black painted basswood body.  The colour was just too blah for me.  But more than that, it seems that I'm getting sensitive to the weight of these basswood bodies.  They are just light and, well frankly, cheap feeli...


TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp
The unsung hero of my visit to Bass Northwest is this tc electronic amp you see off behind my right elbow.  I'd never seen one of these before.  All of the basses I've reviewed at this store were played through here.  They're very cool and they seem to be part of an upcoming trend. The trend is for tiny little light weight, yet high wattage amplifiers. In the early sixties we had small combo...


Seattle’s Emerald City Guitars
About a block or two from Bass Northwest is another music store.  This one is a totally different experience from the former. Emerald City Guitars is located at 83 S. Washington St Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104.  This store is everything vintage and everything unusual.  The store itself could even be called vintage.  It's an old shop in downtown Seattle, with lots of brick, open ceilings an...


Bass Number 35 1962 Gibson EB-3
Gibson is a huge company with a huge reputation for making high quality production guitars.  Gibson started out in 1902 as Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co, Ltd.  In the 1930's they started producing their first electric guitars.  In the 1950's Gibson started producing some of the best known guitars ever made.  These include the ES-335 and the Les Paul.  During this period there was much innovation ...


Bass Number 36 Vox Bill Wyman
Vox is mostly famous for its amplifiers, but has also had a lot of success making basses and guitars. Early in their career, The Beatles signed a contract with Vox and from 1963 to 1966 they only performed with Vox amps. Early on Vox outsourced inexpensive guitars, mainly from Italy, but in 1962 Vox guitars moved upscale.   Many early British Invasion bands used Vox guitars, including the Ro...


Bass Number 37 Gretsch G6072
If Fender, Gibson and Rickenbacker are the top three guitar makers, then Gretsch has to at least be in the top ten. Gretsch was founded in Brooklyn in 1883.  By the 1950's Gretsch was in its heyday and being run by third generation luthier Fred Gretsch. During this period Chet Atkins became an endorser and this endorsement gave Gretsch great exposure in the country music market. By the ea...


A Bassist Soul
Everyone is, I'm sure, familiar with the the story of Robert Johnson.  If not check out. I just love this cartoon... Terri


That's What I Like About Bass! (Part 1)
A friend of mine, yet another great girl bass player,  asked what I liked in a bass and what I thought made a good bass. I figured this would make a good article for my blog, so I’ll answer her question here... Through Neck: This was the first thing that came to mind. I currently only have one bass (see Shecter) that has a through neck. Most basses have a bolt on neck. A few have a set (glue...


That's What I Like About Bass (Part 2 - Machine Heads)
Part one of this article can be found here. Machine Heads Somebody can correct me if I'm wrong, but the correct name for those tuner knob things on a bass is machine heads.   I guess they are tuners, but are likely called machine heads because the are (or were) made from machined metal. Prior to machine heads, violins had wooden tuning pegs.  The string end was simply wrapped around the ...


Bass Number 38 Squier Bronco
Wow!  Look at that RED!  It's actually brighter in person than it is in these pictures. This bass is a used Squier Bronco bass.  Squier as you likely know is Fender's entry level brand.  And, this Bronco bass is the entry level Squier bass.  At a retail of $150.00 (MF) it is the least expensive Squier bass. The bass is a short scale (30") bass with a maple neck and agathis body.  When I firs...


SERF's Up!
Last September I had the privilege of filling in on bass for Lotus at the Squamish Music Festival.  Unfortunately, they will not be performing there this year. This festival is a great time and there's lots of great bands to see.  It's right on the beach in Squamish.  A great way to end the summer. Maybe see you there??? Check it out! Terri


101 Basses challenge - One Third (1/3) Complete!
I can't believe that we've covered thirty-four basses all ready.  Are my fingers ever sore!  There's actually been a bunch more that I never got to photograph.  And there's a few more queued up that haven't been published on this blog yet. In the past four months there have been almost 8000 page hits on 65 articles published.  So I guess somebody is reading this?  I'd love to get more feedb...


Alain Caron – D-Code
In doing some research on F Bass I came across Alain Caron, a jazz bassist that has worked a lot with F Bass founder George Furlanetto. He is an absolutely phenomenal bassist. Check him out on Youtube I feel like those guys on Wayne's World, "We're not worthy!" Terri


From Russia With Love
An email from Anna, aka THEreminGIRL, pointed me to Handy Pepper. These basses, based on my poor translation, are made in Moscow, Russia. Anna says, "...It is the custom bass guitar Handy Pepper. It has 36 frets, sound comes not from electronics, but from wood and original construction. It is my third bass, and it is an source of my inspiration ))..." I have to say the designs are very ...


Music Maxx Namaimo, BC
Even on vacation?  Ya, still gotta look for basses! My family and I recently went on vacation to Parksville, BC.  One of our day trips was to this music store in Nanaimo.  (Yes, Nanaimo.  That really is where the bars come from!) Music Maxx is actually a good sized store and has lots of cool stuff.  Even for a little place like Nanaimo.   But it is probably the most substantial music store f...


Bass Number 39 Carvin 4-string
I'd hadn't heard about Carvin until maybe a few months ago, as part of my quest to, "...to explore strange new luthiers, to seek out new basses and new guitars, to boldly go where no musician has gone before..", I came across my first Carvin at NJAMS and was imediately impressed. Carvin started off in 1946 as th L.C. Kiesel Company and became Carvin in 1949 and is based in Balwin Park Californi...


Bass Number 40 Gibson Les Paul Bass
So what is it about Gibson basses?  Gibson has such a great reputation for guitars and mandolins, but here is yet another Gibson bass that I just can't warm up to. This is a Les Paul bass and looks just like a Les Paul guitar.  Except that they could even give it a nice paint job and some of that nice bidding that the guitars typically have.  I'm really sorry Orville, but this bass is, "...just...


Bass Number 41 1977 Ibanez Artist Bass
Right before playing this bass I was playing a rather underwhelming Les Paul bass.  Then I got this Ibanez Artist down off the wall.  What a difference. For me Ibanez has always been one of those underdog brands.  But I keep finding more and more Ibanez instruments that I like a lot. This bass was no exception.  When I started playing it, it brought me right back to the seventies.  Something...


Parksville Music Center
Its funny when you walk past a little music store in the midst of a small town.  You have this expectation that it will be run by a silver haired old lady in a tartan skirt, black turtle neck, loafers and with her reading glasses hanging off a chain around her neck.  Even the prominent sign in front, "Music Lessons", might lead you to think that all that's in there are bunch of dusty old upright p...


Basswood for Basses?
With a name like basswood you might think that this type of wood would be ideal for making a bass.  I seem to run into a number of inexpensive basses that are made of basswood.  I also seem to be building a bit of a stigma about this material, so I thought maybe some research might be required. Here's what the wikipedia has to say about it. Wiki Basswood "...Ease of working and good acoustic...


What I Did On My Summer Vacation
...Well not really, but here's at least one days worth. This post is a summary of the articles on our trip to Seattle. Bassless in Seattle Bass Northwest 29 Dean Edge 30 Roscoe SKB-3005 31 Nash JB-63 32 Alebmic Epic 33 F-Bass VF-5 34 Ibanez Gary Willis Bass TC Electronic Bass Amp Emerald City Guitars 35 Gibson 36 Vox 37 Gretsch Terri


Johnny Brown plays Brown’s Guitar Factory
Give a listen to this YouTube video featuring "Johnny Brown performing a bass solo on the BGF Fretted/Less bass, crafted by Brown's Guitar Factory, that was unveiled at the 2007 and 2008 NAMM show in Anaheim California." This video showcases both the Brown's bass and Johnny's talent.  It (appears to) make use of live looping and demonstrates  an extremely wide variety of sounds that can be prod...


The Ten Commandments of Blog and Wiki Etiquette
I found this post on on Infoworld.  A good read for anyone posting to blogs and wikis.  Please read


The 10,000 Hour Rule...
There been lots of talk lately about the 10,000 hour rule.  The belief is that those that have been highly successful have put 10,000 hours of practice in to their craft.  (See Outliers wiki) This bit of an article from the Straits Times talks about how in part The Beatles success can be attributed to the thousands of hours they spent playing before they ever became famous. It made me wonder...


Dino DiNicolo
Last night after practice, my friends Alan James, Dave Roughly and I dropped in at the Rusty Gull. As is the case at the Rusty, the three of us got a chance to get up and play six or so songs.  What a great time, and the audience seemed to really enjoy the music. After we were up, the host for the evening, Dino DiNicolo, came up and single-handedly put us all to shame. Dino's bass playing...


150 Bass Brands on Bass-Aholic
********************** Update February 15, 2013 Most of the links on this page are obsolete but redirects will be attempted. Please use use the Bass Guitar Brands List for a complete list of over 900 brands. **********************  I would have never guessed.  How many companies make basses.  I would have figured a few dozen tops! But here they are 150 different companies that ma...


Bass Number 43 - Levi RE59-C 5-string Fretless Bass
A while back, while I was scouring the Internet for basses, I came across Levi Guitars. While I was creating a page for them on Bass-Aholic I noticed that their distributor was just a twenty minute drive from my house.  So I tried to contact the owner. The owner, Bob Gadd and I exchanged a few emails then tried a few times to get together.  Finally on October 2nd I was able to make it down to h...


Bass Number 42 - Ibanez Artcore AGB200 Bass Guitar
I've been ogling over semi-acoustic or hollow bodied basses for a long time.  One of the nits I've had is that they are mostly short scale basses.  And for me there is something "student-ish" about short scale basses.  Some thing like "real chick bass players play man-sized basses." All the silliness aside, I've have this stigma for short scale basses.  Some time ago I played a re-issue Gretsch...


Bass Number 44 – Levi RE59-B (Also RE59-A)
(A tale of two basses) This review continues from Bass Number 42 Levi RE59C.  The previous bass was a fretless 5-string.  These two basses are really the same instruments but both are fretted.  One model is a 4-string and the other a 5-string.  All of the instruments are based on the Fender Jazz bass. From the luthiers perspective I'm not sure if its any more difficult to make a fretted or f...


Levi BR82-A 6-string Guitar
Here's another instrument from Levi.  This guitar is based on the classic Gibson ES-335 guitar that originated in the 1950's. Levi's Bob Gadd refers to this guitar as a great example of how to build a quality guitar while keeping the price low. The specs for this guitar are: Model: BR82-A Classic style semi-hollow body Figured maple tops Set mahogany neck 2 Humbucking pickups (M...


Levi ST65-A Double Neck 6-string/12-string Guitar
This guitar  is a Levi ST65-A double neck guitar.  This guitar is based on the Gibson EDS-1275 double neck first introducted by Gibson in 1963. The Gibson version of this guitar is probably best known as played by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin The guitar is basically a Gibson SG style guitar with two necks.  One neck has 12-strings and the other has 6-strings.  While taking this picture my fr...


Victor Wooten – Extraordinary Bassist
Here's another one those bassist.  You think you play pretty good and then they come out with something like this and you feel like you don't know jack. Check out this Victor Wooten jam on Youtube.  You too will be impressed.  ;^) Terri


Happy 70th John
October 9th, 2010 would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday. It's hard to say anything new about John.  Except maybe that we miss his humor, his wit and the creative genius that shaped a generation. Let's celebrate his birthday by looking back at some of his most memorable moments. At the end of 1968 The Rolling Stones were putting together a show called the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll...


Krappy Guitars
You just have to love a company called "Krappy"  In the midst of everyone from the cheapest to the most deluxe basses, everyone wants you to believe that they have a quality product.  But here's a company with a different perspective. I just love this quote, "KRAPPY GUITARS--Krapmeister Kevin Siebold relays the philosophy that guides our efforts: Our instruments are built for frugal people...


Seven Bass Salad
There's been lots of discussion here about how basses sound.  I thought  maybe a sound was worth a thousand words so I've recorded a little thing that highlights seven basses that I have at hand. To record this track I used my Tascam US-1641 connected to my notebook and running Cubase DAW software. Each bass was plugged into the XLR channel through a Behringer BASS BDI 21.  I have to add tha...


Bass Number 45 Dean Spire
One of things I like about Westcoast Music is that the owner, Corinne Cheyne, is always looking for new and interesting instruments to bring into her store. This last trip to visit the store was no different.  Corinne had several new product lines in the store.  Stay tuned to see some new guitars in upcoming articles. This bass is a Dean Spire.  From what I can figure this model has only bee...


Billions and Billions of Basses
Carl Sagan was famed for talking about "billions and billions of stars".  It seems he could have been talking about basses as well.  When I started working on Bass-Aholic.com I figured I'd find a dozen or so companies building basses. A while back I posted my milestone of 150 Bass Brands to a thread on the Talk-Bass forum.  The response I got was quite humbling.  Many bassist were able to respo...


Bass-Aholic Desktops
Terri's Bass-Aholic.com now has some jpeg photos that will appeal to those true Bass-Aholics out there.  These pictures are from a composite of over 200 basses from the Bass-Aholic Basses page. Each bass is unique. There are no duplicates.  These photos are the link photos for each of the over 200 bass brands listed on Bass-Aholic.  If you'd like to see find out who's who click here. To view ...


Schecter C1 Classic
Have I said this before?  More and more I'm becoming a fan of Schecter.  I guess we all have our faves, and I have many, but I keep coming across more Schecter's that I like. This guitar is a Schecter C1 Classic and is just one beautiful guitar. The body is mahogany with a quilted maple top.  The neck maple with a rosewood fingerboard.  The body, neck and headstock all have binding with a cr...


Remember
For most of my life Remembrance Day has had a bit of a different meaning for me.  Every year there are events through most of the western world remembering the fallen soldiers that gave their lives in the name of our own beliefs and for what we all see as freedom from the evils that war created. For most of my life Remembrance Day has been about remembering my mother.  It was on that day in 197...


Ellis Stompboxes
Here is a simple and handy little device.  The Ellis Stompbox, made in Australia by Ellis Guitars, is simply a small wooden box with with a pickup in it.  Plug it into an amp and tap your foot on it and you have an instant rhythm section. But don't take my word for how cool this is.  Listen to Lightning Jack and Mick Burley play and stomp on a stompbox. I've seen a few variations of things l...


DR Handmade Strings in NEON PINK!
While I was at Westcoast Music for a guitar clinic I was given a set of these DR Neon strings.  When asked what colour I wanted I said, "Pink, of course!" This is really a fun idea but I'm wondering about the practicality of it.  And, how does that colour stuff they put on the strings effect the sound of the strings.  After all, did you ever once wonder what colour strings Paul McCartney pu...


Westcoast Music Guitar Clinic with Agah Bahari
A few weeks back I had the opportunity to attend a guitar clinic at Westcoast Music.  Local guitarist Agah Bahari was our presenter and showed us all some really hot licks. Check out this sample of the clinic on YouTube. Agah has a great technical playing style and has lots of wisdom to share.  And, he's a really nice guy!  Check out his website. Thanks to Corinne, of Westcoast music for ...


Bass Number 46 Aria AVB-100
Here's a pretty decent bass.  Aria is one of those brands like Cort that you always think of as being cheaper copies of Fenders and the like.  This bass however has nothing Fender about it.  It's styling is modern and distinctive and the bass overall is quite modern in it design and features. This bass is neck-through construction.  Something I really  like.  Active electronics and it makes use...


Bass Number 47 Hoyer Eagle Prestige Bass HB 510
Why is Terri smiling?  Because she likes this bass. This is one of those instrument that you are just drawn to. Hoyer was founded in 1874 in a town that is now part of Czechoslovakia.  In 1945 the company relocated to Germany and produced guitars there until it officially ceased production in 1987.  Since then the ownership of the brand has changed hands a few times and as of 2009 is now own...


Seven Bass Salad - Now On YouTube
Okay this might be a bit lame.  But it was quite a lot of fun.  Previous I had put together a short song to highlight the sounds of seven basses.  Now I've turned it in to a video.  Maybe not a great video, but I like it. This was a great learning experience for me.  The previous music track MP3 was done using Cubase.  I then took an old Samsung video camera and recording about ten different ta...


Blog Comments - Re-opened
For anyone that has been trying to post comments here, they have been disabled for the past several months due to a fair amount of spam.  I've re-opened them today, so please comment if you like.  But remember that any comments not on topic or ones promoting any non-music related stuff will be removed. Terri


NAMM Is Coming!
NAMM is coming January 13, 2010.  I am hoping to be able to go.  That is still TBA, but we'll see. NAMM is THE place to see everything new and cool in the musical instruments industry.  I'm betting there will be lots to see for all true Bass-Aholics! From NAMM's website... "...NAMM Defined NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), commonly called NAMM in reference t...


Fender Tapewound Strings
For some reason my Ibanez Artcore has become the string testing guinea-pig.  I've only had it for a very short time and it is already on its fourth set of strings. When I first got it it had round-wound strings.  To me this seemed like a strange idea for a semi-acoustic bass.  I wanted that 60's thunky sound.  So I put a set of D'Addario flat-wounds, that I'd previously had on my Precision, on ...


Vancouver Guitar Show
Surely this is not NAMM but was still a lot of fun. November 28 was the Vancouver Guitar Show and was located at The Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. The exhibit was held in one large hall of the centre and featured about forty exhibitors. There were a number of music stores with booths including my friend Corinne from Westcoast Music and R&R Music Center in Victoria. The...


Silvertone “Amp-In-Case” Guitars
This is one of those real blast from the past.  These Silvertone guitars with "amp in case" are from the early 60's.  They are unique, I believe to Danelectro.  Danelectro was the original cheap-o guitar company.  They built inexpensive guitars and OEM'ed them to other companies, mainly department stores.  A large number of Danelectros were sold through Sears under the Silvertone brand. Thi...


Bass Number 48 Ampeg ASB-1 Devil Bass
This truly unusual bass was found at the Vancouver Guitar Show and belongs to R&R Music Centre in Victoria BC. Ampeg is best known as making some of best bass amps ever made.  In my opinion Ampeg is the first choice for amplifiers for the professional bassist. What is not well know is that they have had a few tries at making basses.  None of these attempts have been too successful, but t...


Bass Number 49 Kinal 5-string Lined Fretless
I just happened across Kinal in the past few weeks.  Before that I'd never heard about them. Mike Kinal has a good website, but like so many websites it just doesn't do justice to his work.  It seemed he had some nice instruments, but it wasn't until I had a couple of them in my hands that I could appreciate how well built they are. What I didn't know at the time is that Kinal is built right...


Bass Number 50 Logical Chris Bass Guitar
According to Logical's website... "Logical Guitars is a Vancouver Canada based guitar company devoted to the idea that guitars should be fun. The founder, Terry David, at one time was a gigging musician and has owned every major brand of guitar. However, reality intervened about 30 years ago and he realized he wasn’t going to be a rock star so he got a job and just played guitar as a hobby. Then a...


BLDesign - Now That's Presentation!
You know if you're going to sell your stuff on the web and you want people to pay a premium price for it you really need to present it well.  This is where so many that build and sell basses on-line fall short. On the other hand BLDesign shows you how its done.  They have some of the best photography I've ever seen on-line.  It really does their instruments proud. Post here are two pictures,...


It's Christmas! What to buy for your fave musician???
Terri's Bass-Aholic is proud to announce that we are now an official Amazon Associate.  This means that as we find books that relate to basses, guitars and music in general, we will add them to articles on 101 Basses and to page links on Bass-Aholic.  There is also a master page that shows all the books and stuff that has been listed on our sites. All of the transactions still go through Amazon...


New Amplifiers Section on Terri's Bass-Aholic
Terri's Bass-Aholic and 101 Basses is going through a bit of a revamp over the past while. A reworked Bass List now includes bass amps.  (Actually guitar amps too, but you know what I mean.)  The old amps page has been retired and all of the amps are now part of the basses list. To use the new selection you can select "Amps" and click update... Or you can just click the "Amps" button ...


December 8, 1980 - It Was Thirty Years Ago Today
For most of the 1970's there was this never ending expectation and hope that the someday, somehow The Beatles would get back together. The Beatles started to crumble as far back as 1968, but Lennon once said he'd decided to quit in 1966.  Likely after all the turmoil of his "bigger than Jesus" comments. But it wasn't until McCartney told the press on April 10,  1970 that he'd quit The Beatle...


The Business of Bass - Dan Lakin of Lakland Basses
I came across this Forbes article about Dan Lakin from Lakland Basses.  Not easy to start your own company.   "...It's been a bumpy ten-year road trip since Lakin, 40, launched Lakland Basses with $20,000 from a home equity loan. Partner Hugh McFarland, a guitar repairman, designed a model that borrowed elements from classic basses--and drew a cease-and-desist order from Fender Musical Instruments...


Almost Half Way to 101 Basses...
What Will Bass Number 51 Be???  Stay Tuned!!!


Bass Number 51 Kinal Kompact Bass
While I was at the Vancouver Guitar Show I had the pleasure of meeting Vancouver based luthier Mike Kinal. This bass is a Kinal Kompact Bass.  The Kompact is designed as a travel bass and has a 30 inch scale.  It is very light and has a wonderful feel to it. The specifications as listed on the Kinal website are: Topwood - Sitka spruce Neckwood - maple or mahogany graphite reinforced, a...


Santa Baby
"Santa baby, just slip an Epi under the tree, for me Been an awful good girl Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight Santa baby, a '54 Precision too, light blue I'll wait up for you dear Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight Think of all the fun I've missed Think of all the fellas that I haven't kissed Next year I could be just as good If you'd check off my Christmas list...


GAS, Guilt and Coming Clean – My S&P Acoustic
[caption id="attachment_2134" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="New Simon and Patrick"][/caption] Have you ever made a purchase that you didn't tell your spouse about???  Did you every buy something while saying to yourself, "I'm going to get shit for this"??? Well I certainly never have.  (I also never lie!) Every once and a I while I pickup something here or there that's, well, not...


The Spirit of Giving...And Getting Drunk!
A splendid time was had by all this last Thursday at the Rust Gull.  Every Thursday the Rusty has it's weekly open but mic, but this week was a special fund-raiser. Rob Steel of Steel Production was emcee and host of the evening that featured many local acts. Alan James, who is a veteran performer and long time staple at the Rusty was one of the featured acts as "Alan James and Friends".  Th...


Merry Christmas
Thanks to everyone that has been watching this blog for the past while. Next year will be even better! Merry Christmas! Terri


$$$ Boxing Day! - Whatcha Gonna Do? $$$
  Aren't you tired of our societies consumerism?  In recent years Boxing Day has become the ultimate day to blow that wad and charge up those credit cards. So I guess this is a good time to unabashedly announce that 101 Basses and Terri's Bass-Aholic are now part of the Guitar Center Affiliate Program. This means that when you click on the Guitar Center ads on this website, then late...


250 Bass Brands (Brass Bands?)
Just an update to the bass directory.  Now with 250 bass brands.  There are an unlimited number of these, it seems. I think I'll leave this for now! 1 A Bass 2 AXL 3 Acacia 4 Airline 5 Alembic 6 Amazing 7 Ampeg Basses 8 Antiniotsai 9 Aquilina 10 Aria 11 Artinger 12 Ashton 13 Atelierz 14 Atlansia 15 Auersw...


All I Want For Christmas - American Basses
Something that was on my Christmas list that WAS under the tree was Jim Roberts' American Basses. If you like 101 Basses, you'll absolutely love American Basses .  This book is filled with information on tons of basses.  You'll find all the expected big guys like Fender, Gibson, Gretsch and Rickenbacker, and there are some large sections of this book dedicated to those guys. But even better...


Fleabass, Schecter, Washburn and Spector. All available at ...
Maybe I shouldn't find this strange, but I do.  Future Shop has for decades been the place to buy TV's, stereos and refrigerators. But now they are also the place to buy some brand name musical instruments.  As if its not tough enough for the little stores to compete with the big box music stores.  Now the big Electronics companies are in the act. For basses Future Shop sells:  Schecter, Was...


Premier Canadian Bassist Geddy Lee
Geddy Lee grew up in the same era that I did.  Listening to him playing now I can see that we share the love of the same style of playing.  Heavily based in the prog-rock of the 70's.  That twang and distorted crunch of round-wound strings on a Fender bass.  For me I was always trying to make my Fender bass sound like Chris Squire's Ric.  While for years Geddy did play a Ric and later switched to ...


Mike Kinal - Luthier Extraordinaire
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mike Kinal with one of his custom built jazz guitars[/caption] You don't have to spend much time with Mike Kinal to find that he knows a bit about building basses and guitars.  That of course is an understatement.  Mike has been building instruments for some forty years and estimates he's built about 500 basses and guitars. Mike recently opened h...


Bass Number 52 Kinal SK21 5-string
Just like that old commercial, "Just one look, that's all it took.", this Kinal bass is "Just one play..." This bass is a Kinal SK21 5-string.  The body is mahogany with a figured maple top.  The neck is mahogany with a rosewood fingerboard.  The head is laminated front and back with Brazilian rosewood. The bridge and machine heads are from Hipshot. The electronics are from Bartolini and ...


Robert Godin, Fatih Ahiskali and the Godin MultiOud
Have you ever heard of an "Oud". I certainly hadn't. But that sound is as distinctive to the middle east as a sitar is to India. Fatih Ahiskali is from Istanbul Turkey and really rocks the oud. Robert Godin has done it once again by taking the ancient oud and updating with multiac technology. Please check out this video... ...pretty cool huh?! Terri


NAMM Starts Tomorrow...
Unfortunately I will not be there.  To all that are lucky enough to be there, may you have a fun/great/productive/lucrative time.  Hope to see you next year!  Terri  :^(


A Face Lift (Head Lift?)
If you haven't been to Bass-Aholic lately, check it out!  I'm a perpetual tweaker and can't leave well enough alone.  Bass-Aholic has a new page header.  Which I think looks rather lovely!  :^) The old Bass-Aholic... The new Bass-Aholic... Terri


Bass Number 53 Kinal SK21 4-string
Judging by the name you might think this bass is the same as the Bass#52, except that it is short one string.  In actuality it is a totally different bass. To me this bass had a lot in common with those old collectible Fender Precision from bygone decades. The most obvious thing for me was the maple neck.  I have an old '75 Precision with a maple neck and this one has a much similar feel to ...


Bass is Bace - Correcting English Nomenclature
Have you ever Googled "bass"???  You get lots of fish, guys in hip waders and websites about guys that like to fish.  What the heck? Bass is a funny word.  According to the American Heritage Dictionary bass is... ...This definition barely mentions musical instruments. What's needed in English is a word that describes what we all know as a modern "electric bass guitar".  Call it an electric ...


Bass Number 54 Traveler Escape MK II Bass
This bass is a Traveler Bass.  Traveler guitars and basses are designed to be light and compact and easy to pack around. According to Traveler's website, "The Traveler Escape MK-II Bass is ideal for the traveling player. This 32”-scale acoustic/electric travel bass is equipped with an L.R. Baggs Hybrid-Element preamp for playing directly into headphones or an amplifier. At 5 ¼” lbs. and 36” lon...


Website Integrity
This is a long way off from the topic of bass, but I just had to pontificate on this one. I visit a lot of websites that have something to do with basses.  (Ya think!)  And so often I find all kinds of problems with these sites.  One frequent problem is broken links.  Broken links show themselves when you click on something and the web server cannot complete the request.  Most often this shows ...


What I Did During NAMM
[caption id="attachment_2345" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Me at the helm of Westcoast Music"][/caption] I was pretty disappointed that I didn't get to go to NAMM.  It would have been a great opportunity to get to see dozens of instruments and to get to meet the people that make all these great basses happen.  But this year it just wasn't going to happen. But something did happen ...


The Music Business - We Always Forget The "Business" Part
When we think about doing something in music, we often think about being the singer, the songwriter, or that guy that wails away on the guitar.  We also think about being famous and having groves of adoring fans and piles of money in the bank.  That big water front house with a swimming pool filled with champagne.  (Or maybe beer!) If you are happy to make your music career playing for loonies ...


Playing with Lotus
About a year and half ago I answered a craiglist ad for a female bass player.  I ended up having a few emails with a Texas country gentleman by the name of John Haynes.  Little did I know that a great friendship was about to begin. I agreed to come out to his house to try out with his band.  When I arrived at his house, at the agreed time, it was only the two of us.  Okay, so I don't know this ...


Impromptu Recording
A few months ago, at an open mic, I met a woman named Lucie Walker.  She was an old friend of my friend John Texas Haynes.  John introduced her as a fabulous vocalist.  What an understatement.  Since we first met, I've had a number of occasions to back up Lucie on bass in jams and on stage at a number of open mics.  She has an incredible voice and the best feel for a song ...


GASsing: Atlansia Victoria
I have this thing for fretless 5-string basses.  If you've been reading this blog you may already know that.  Something else I really like is natural wood, a unique design and lately semi-acoustic instruments.  This Atlansia Victoria has it all.  This is one beautiful bass! Atlansia has a number of designs that are all unique and very attractive.  The also have a unique pickup design where ...


More Basses Than You Can Shake a Chapman Stick at
If you've been wondering why I haven't been posting that much here lately, it's because I've been adding lots of basses to the bass directory. I've been getting lots of feedback from my friends at TalkBass.  Please check out this link to 150 Basses on TalkBass.  There is now a "Pending List" as well.  This is a list of basses that I still need to research and add to the directory.  The current ...


Bass Number 55 Cort Artisan
Here's a bass that I knew very little about.  I always think of Cort as a budget brand.  When I saw this one hanging on the music store wall I thought at first is was an Ibanez.  But then there was the odd looking "C" on the headstock.  This one is neck-through with what looks like a five piece walnut and maple neck.  The body wings appear to maple as well.  The construction, fit and finish of the...


Kala Tenor Ukulele
I'm not sure how I came to want a ukulele.  Growing up it was always that silly instrument played by that sixties artist Tiny Tim.  He played that song, Tip Toe Through The Tulips.  He was often the subject of ridicule and his association with this instrument stigmatized it.  At least in the minds of us budding rock stars. I remember music class in elementary school.  They handed out these real...


EA iAmp Micro 300
The Ampeg SVT was legendary in the 1970's for being "the" amp to have for the serious bass player.  It was also the amp known as requiring two strong men to hoist it up on top of the Ampeg 810 cabinet. It's hard to image that an amp you could get into a gig bag could do the same job. While I was minding the shop at Westcoast Music, I happened across a small box in the case behind a bunch of ...


Girl-On-Stick
So I finally did it, I bought a Stick! No this is not a funny looking bass.  It's a Chapman Stick.  For those that don't know what that is,  please check out this link. I've been interested in the Stick for many years and have been thinking seriously about buying one since I took a three day seminar on the Stick almost two years ago. This stick is made of tarara, is serial number 4969 and ...


You Know You're A Bass-Aholic When...
I came across another bass-aholic.  I just had to share this.  Please check out this link... "You Know You're A Bass-Aholic When..."


Lotus In Maui
This past week I had the good luck to have been invited to ten days in Maui.  My good friend John Haynes invited band members, spouses and myself to stay in a rented executive home just north of Lahaina.  To say it was the time of my live would be an understatement. Highlights included a luau and playing at the Hard Rock Cafe.  There's was ton's of shopping, eating and drinking and even a few m...


Lahaina Music
While in Maui, one of the first rules of business for John and I was to obtain some instruments to play while we were there.  He had found Lahaina Music the day before and rented two guitars, but we also needed enough gear to play jam in the house and hopefully play a gig. Lahaina Music is run by Kerry Satterfield.  At first, Kerry is a bit of a quiet guy and I even thought maybe I rubbed him t...


Ovation Elite 12-string Acoustic Guitar
How can you go to Maui and not shop?  And if you are a bass-aholic how can you not shop for basses and guitars??? On my first trip to Lahaina Music I came across this Ovation 12-string.  I have an old Yamaha 12-string, but have wanted one with a pickup.  I've also been admiring the Ovation Celebrities for some time.  I had almost bought a 6-string Ovation a while back but ended up buying my...


Bass Number 56 Fender Jazz Bass
This bass is a bit of an odd one to me.  The headstock says Fender Jazz, but so much of this instrument seemed to me to be more of a Jazz copy.  Maybe someone can explain this to me.  The back of the headstock was stamped "made in Korea".  The neck has six bolts and the bass is equipped with Basslines pickups.  It also has active electronics and a bridge that appears to be a Badass copy. All ...


Jammin' At The Mansion In Maui
Here's one of those cool moments.  So glad that Anita had the camcorder at hand. While everyone was partying. I was sitting on a stool noodling around. Suddenly Mel comes running over and says, "Don't Stop!", grabs a harmonica and stars jamming. The results are pretty cool.


Kala Solid Body U-Bass
Kala is well known for making Ukuleles, but they also make a mini-bass called the U-Bass.  This model is the Kala Solid Body U-Bass.  Looks just like a tiny electric bass.  I played the acoustic version of this in Maui.  With rubber strings et-al.  It doesn't say, but you can only assume that it has a peizo pickup.  Check it out.  Very cool... Terri


600 Bass Brands in Less than 1.5 Minutes
This is just plain nuts, but it's just no fun being sane... Terri


D&D Tenor Ukulele
In order to talk about this D&D ukulele I first have to talk about my previous, Kala, ukulele. I bought the Kala prior to going to Maui and brought it along as carry on for the trip. While staying in Maui it was a hit with my band mates. In particular our singer, Feona, took a shining to it and immediately starting writing new material on it. I'm not sure what it was but I could really see tha...


Vicellotar 'V'
A bit of a twist on a violin? Okay, maybe a big twist. But still interesting...


Spammers and Hackers and such...
It really is disheartening when you create a blog or a website or whatever and you have great intentions to do something positive will all kinds of enthusiasm, then you spend your time dealing with spammers and others that want to use your site to promote their own agendas or just try to crash the site.  (Long sentence huh?) You guys know who you are. I've tried to leave discussions open, bu...


Ed Roman Guitars
Ed Roman Guitars is one of those names the pop up from time to time.  I've found this name in various places and its come in conversations.  I'm not really clear if the company build instruments or retails other brands or both.  It also seems there are lots of links to gripe sites when you Google the name. Recently I was in Las Vegas and thought I'd look them up and pay them a visit.  I used my...


Cowtown Guitars - Las Vegas
Recently I was on a road trip with my son.  While passing through Las Vegas I googled "vintage guitars" and came up with Cowtown Guitars.  We decided to stop in.  (Well actually I had to drag him in there.)  But, I'm so glad we did.  This is a great little shop with lots of interesting stuff.  By stuff, I mean of course basses. The staff was friendly and most happy to have me start taking basse...


Bass Number 57 – Carvin 5-String Fretless (LB-75W?)
[caption id="attachment_2588" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Carvin 5-string Fretless"][/caption] I neglected to note the model number of this bass, but I'm pretty sure it is an LB-75 and pretty certain it's the "W" (walnut) version.  I'd played on of these quite a while back and really liked it.  So much that I went back to buy, but the store had closed.  Carvin does not have any deale...


Bass Number 58 - 2003 Rickenback 4003
Here's another one of those classic Ric's.  This one is a 4003 from 2003 and is/was for sale at Cowtown Guitars in Las Vegas. This one in Fireglo, with is probably the number one finish for 4001's.  The bridge pickup cover has been removed, which is pretty normal.  As you can see from the second picture, this is where your right automatically wants to sit.  When the cover is present really is i...


Bass Number 59 - G&L ASAT
I've reviewed a few G&L's in the past, but have never played the ASAT.  The styling of this bass borrows heavily from the original '51 Precision.  But this bass has a few nice additions over Leo's original bass.  Including two humbuckers and active electronics. The ASAT comes as a solid-body or, like this one, as a semi-hollow bodied bass.  In an age were everyone is looking for more sustai...


Bass Number 60 - 1996 Rickenbacker 4001s v63
So this is the one that got away.  Ever since I was a kid, I've wanted a Rickenbacker bass.  Sadly, I've never owned one.  I always thought I wanted a 4001, but this one is a re-issue of the '63 4001s. The 4001 actually has a few nice features the the S doesn't.  This includes the ric-o-sound feature, the shark tooth fret-markers and body bindings.  These are all missing on the 4001s, but none ...


Benavente Guitars
[caption id="attachment_2630" align="alignleft" width="190" caption="Unfinished Music Volume One"][/caption] During July my son and I took a road trip through most of the western US.  One of the highlights of the trip was visiting Benavente Guitars in Grants Pass, Oregon. According to his bio Chris Benavente  in his younger years, was a self-proclaimed trouble maker.  In contrast, the man th...


Bass Number 61 – Benavente ’51 Bass
[caption id="attachment_2652" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Me and a Benavente '51 Bass"][/caption] This article is a continuation of the article on Benavente Guitars. Previously I'd said that I was disappointed by the lack of completed basses in the Benavente showroom.  This bass was the one and only one I could play. It's Benavente's variation of the Fender 1951 Precision b...


Glass Harmonica
This is not a bass, but is just another cool and unusual way to make music. This instrument has been around since Benjamin Franklin invented it in 1761. (See wiki) I wonder if they make a bass version of it? Terri


New Lotus Website
Just a bit of promotion for my band Lotus. We now have a new website. Please take a look.  This is very much a work in progress, but will get better over the next while. From left to right Lotus is Phyllis Ho, Feona Lim, Terri Breeze, Rachael Monteith, Elizabeth Grant & John Texas Haynes Terri


Bass Number 62 - Tune TWB53
Quite a while back I was really hot on Tune basses.  I really have a thing for semi-acoustic 5-string fretless basses and the WB5 OB is beautiful. This bass is the TWB53 and was a used model for sale at one of the Guitar Centers in Las Vegas.  The website retail for the 4-string version is $1248.00 so the used price of $500.00 seems like a steal. I really couldn't find anything wrong with th...


Bass-Aholic.com 4.0
If you haven't been to www.Bass-Aholic.com in a while you should check it out.  There's so much new stuff there to see. First of all, there's a whole new look.  A brushed steel background with glowing purple buttons.  All looks great, but with the new layout comes a whole lot more functionality. The instrument or brand details section has been rewritten to include more information about each...


The End of TDL Guitars
Tony DeLacugo (TDL Guitars) makes some pretty cool basses and guitars.  I recently came across this post on his website... "Announcement : Aug.16, 2011. Well everyone, as much as it pains me to say this, my custom painting career is over. I'm 60 years old and after 40 years of painting I have become chemically sensitive. As a result I will absolutely not paint another guitar. I'm still kinda...


What is a "Boutique" Bass Guitar ?
I've often heard the word boutique in reference to a bass or guitar.  I was never all that clear on the definition so I started a thread on TalkBass to get opinion of the masses of bassist. The American Heritage Dictionary defines a boutique as... bou·tique (b›-t¶k“) n. 1.a. A small retail shop that specializes in gifts, fashionable clothes, accessories, or food, for example. b. A small shop...


Bass Number 63 – OLP 5-String Ernie Ball
OLP stands for Officially Licensed Product.  They made inexpensive copies other brands instruments under license from the the other brand.  It appears the brand was retired in 2009. This bass is a copy of a 5-string Music Man / Ernie Ball bass. The price on this instrument says it all.  Used and for sale for $199.99 at Guitar Center in Las Vegas. I try very hard to only say nice things, b...


Bass Number 64 - Warwick Corvette 4-string Fretless
Now here's one of those basses that everyone (including myself) would like to have in their collection. This bass is a Warwick Corvette 4-string fretless.  It looks very much like my own Warwick.  Less a string and frets.  It had a warm and wonderfully Warwick feel to it. This one was in the Guitar Center in Las Vegas and was for sale for only $749.00.  (Sorry there are least three guitar ce...


Hollywood Guitar Center
If you've ever shopped for musical instruments in the US you've probably been to a Guitar Center.  For those that haven't been, GC is the big chain, big box music store in the states.  Big stores, lots of brands and lots of locations.  I was really excited when I went to my first one a year or two ago.  But except for checking out some of the used inventory, most of them are pretty much alike. ...


Have I Played 101 Basses Yet?
Here's a status update for anyone that's keeping count... The start date of this blog is around May 6th, 2010 The deadline for 101 Basses played is May 1st, 2012 To date I've posted 181 articles in total 63 articles are on basses that I've played That leaves 38 more basses yet to be played There are 236 days left until May 1st That leaves less than 34 weeks until May 1st I need t...


Comments
Hello everyone! If you'd like to talk about basses, I'd really love to hear from you. If you want to spam my blog your post will be deleted. This blog is about "electric bass guitars", "electric basses" and other related music stuff.  Let's keep to this topic. If you'd like to comment, you can click on the bubble to the right of an article and type your message in the "have your say" ...


Bass Number 65 - American Showster 57 Bass
For a long time I could only find the guitar version of this on-line.  Only recently did I did find a pic of the AS-57 bass in red.  So finding this one in the classic powder blue in person, was a nice surprise. This bass was for sale at Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA and was part of the collection of instruments in CG's vintage showroom. The bass of course is modeled after the rear quarter ...


Bass Number 66 – (Burns) Baldwin Vibraslim
The name on this bass is Baldwin, but it's built by Burns London.  James Burns was in some ways was like a British Leo Fender.  Even to point of selling his company in 1965, like Fender did.  Burns was sold to Baldwin Pianos from Ohio, USA.  Since this bass has Baldwin on the pickguard it indicates that it's built sometime after the sale to Baldwin. Burns instruments were very popular during th...


Jean Baudin - Insane Guitar Solo
I came across this video some time ago and was of course impressed because I'm a big stick fan. I was also offended by the title of "Insane Guitar Solo".  This is obviously not a guitar.  At least in my book.  Its a tapping instrument like the Chapman Stick, Warr or Megatar.  (See tapping) What really annoyed me was that I couldn't find this particular instrument on my website.  I did however fin...


Bass Number 67 – Premier Bass
I thought that I'd heard of a good number of vintage brands, then I came across this Premier bass in the Hollywood GC. This bass really has a vintage feel to it.  The construction is not at all like a modern bass. The only real information I have if from the Harmony Database... "Brand : Premier Guitars shown below were made by Harmony and sold under the Premier brand. It doesn't mean that...


Photographing Still Life
Hey this is a blog about basses, not photography! Except that when you want to talk about basses, a good bass photo is worth a thousand words. So much of what I've been doing on this blog and on Bass-Aholic relies on good pictures.  And so often great products are not shown very well or in very good light.  It can be rather disappointing. So I thought I was time for me to give my take on ...


Custom Metal Art Pickguards
First off, I have to say I'm not promoting anything or getting any commissions or fees.  I just thought these were cool and wanted to share them with everyone. Ertmer Music in Germany is the manufacturer of custom metal art pickguards for several types of instruments.  I though these were really beautiful and would love to have one for that Fender American Standard Jazz Bass that I haven't purc...


Bass Number 68 - 1970's BC Rich Mockingbird
This bass is a BC Rich Mockingbird is probably the most popular model ever offered by BC Rich. The Mockingbird was designed by BC Rich designer Johnny GoGo in 1976.  The tag says this model is a 70's model so it is presumably made between 1976 and 1979. In the September 2010 issue of Guitar World the Mockingbird was ranked as the "Coolest Guitar Ever Made".  The design is certain distinctive...


New Amazon Store on Bass-Aholic
[caption id="attachment_2833" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Amazon Store on Bass-Aholic"][/caption] Bass-Aholic has been an Amazon Associate for some time now, but we've recently implemented their new aStore interface.  This makes is easier for us to organize books that are of special interest to bass players. Please check it out.  And remember that purchasing through the Bass-Aholi...


Another Musician is Born - Guitar Showcase, San Jose
While on a road trip with my teenaged son this  summer we made lots of stops at music stores.  When we started off I had to take it easy.  My son was not interested in basses and such but was much more interested, to my chagrin,  in checking out firearms and cacti.  We at least the cactus part was okay. We drove from Vancouver to as far as Flagstaff Arizona then over to the coast and back to Va...


Real Guitars - San Francisco
You have to be Real interested if you want to find Real Guitars.  This little shop is tucked away down a street that is really more of an alley in an old part of San Francisco.  Located at 15 Lafayette, about a mile east of the infamous Haight-Ashbury district, this shop, that at first appears as a thrift store for guitars, is actually a little jem of vintage musical equipment. The store could ...


Mari's Bass Place - Place The Bass
Mari's Bass Place has some pretty cool stuff.  You have to check out the Bass Wallpaper Gallery.  I love the Betty Boop and M.C. Escher's Self Portrait.  Also, check out the clever use of machine heads in Frankenstein's neck. Great use of graphics that include bass! Terri


Bass-Aholic Shopping...
Bass-Aholic has had a shopping page for some time, but it's fallen quite out of date. The page is currently being updated and there's lots of new ideas in the works. So check it out......and check back often as more functionality and stores are added. Bass-Aholic.com Shopping Terri


Bass Number 69 - Waterstone - Mark Sandman
I've known about Waterstone for some time.  In particular because of their 12-string basses and their association with Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson.  As far back as the 1970's Petersson was using 8/12-string basses on Cheap Trick recordings. I'd never seen a Waterstone in person, so it was cool to find one at Real Guitars in San Francisco.  Unfortunately this one is not one their TP model ...


Updated Girl-On-Bass Website
There' been a number of changes to my Girl-On-Bass website.  Check it out! Terri


Bass Slide Show
I've been looking for a good program to allow embedding of a slide show into a website.  Visual Slideshow from VisualSlideshow.com is easy to install and pretty easy to implement and deploy.  (Easy if you are good with html and ftp.) Best of all here's a place to GAS! Check out the Bass-Aholic Slideshow at Terri's Bass-Aholic.com Terri


Bass Number 70 Electra Bass
Sometimes you come across a bass that you think has an easy history.  Say, like a 1963 Fender Precision.  That's pretty easy to figure out.  It was built in Fender's Fullerton CA factory.  Pre CBS Fender.  Easy to track serial numbers and such. When I came across this Electra bass I figured it would be easy.  I'd seen the name a number of times and recognized it as one of the many Japanese bran...


NS Electric Upright Bass on Youtube
A very cool video using an NS EUB


tbgirlonbass @Twitter
Some time ago I set up a Twitter account but I never really used it.  Mainly because I didn't see the point. Recently it occurred to me that Twitter was a great place to journal what was happening on Bass-Aholic and on 101 Basses.  So I've resurrected my Twitter account. The past week or so I've been posting all of what's happening to Bass-Aholic on Twitter.  I've also added a Twitter sideba...


Bass Number 71 2011 Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V
[caption id="attachment_2932" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Jazz V factory Stickers still on"][/caption] I'm not sure how I got so lucky, but this bass, a brand new Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V, was my birthday present. Ever since I was in Maui this past spring I've been thinking about buying a Fender Jazz.  I've spent a fair piece of my musical life feeling rather blasé about...


Bass Number 72 Ovation Magnum Bass
Holy cow, so I look so tired here.  This picture was taken after about a week on the road this past summer.  We had a wonderful time, but wow what a long trip. Ovation is so well know for its bowl backed acoustic guitars that it's hard to think of them making electric bass guitars. But around 1971 Ovation started designing it's Deacon/Breadwinner solid body electric guitars.  From what I can...


My Top 10 Christmas Wishlist Basses
Something old, something new, something borrowed...  Wait this is a Christmas list not a wedding.  But along the same lines, here's my little Christmas wishlist.  It has a pretty wide variety of instruments that would be cool to own. I could have course come up with a top 20 or even a top 50, but let's not be too greedy. Here's my top ten for this year... #10 Wes Lambe 8M/8S Wes La...


The Lion's Den
If had this bass line running around in my head for ages.  Over the past couple of days I finally tried recording it and putting together a video to showcase it. Despite the sound, there is only bass and drums on this track. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.  Hope you like it. Terri :^)


More on Bass Number 71 – Fender American Deluxe Jazz V – Problems
[caption id="attachment_2945" align="alignleft" width="278" caption="Me and my Jazz V"][/caption] I feel that I need to add some information to the glowing review I gave to this bass previously. I have been experiencing a fair amount of noise and hum problems with this bass and am currently working to correct the problem.  But as you research this on the Internet the plot gets thicker and th...


Ed Roman - February 24, 1950 - December 14, 2011
[caption id="attachment_3032" align="alignleft" width="398" caption="Interview on NAMM.org"][/caption] Ed Roman is probably best known as the owner of Ed Roman Guitars in Las Vegas NV, USA. He was a colorful figure that built some great basses and guitars.  Many of those that dealt with him either loved him or hated him.  There's no shortage of rant sites to found on him. A local fellow b...


Noisey Fender Jazz Basses & How to Fix Them
Forgive me for taking on a cause, but I'm starting feel tad bit like a Ralph Nader or Phil Edmonston.  I promise I won't stay on this for too long. Recently I bought a fairly high end Fender Jazz bass.  More precisely it was a gift from a good friend.  We spent a lot of time looking a number of basses and decided on this Fender American Deluxe Jazz V bass. Buying a Fender is in a lot of ways...


Digital Dream Door
[caption id="attachment_3050" align="alignnone" width="430" caption="Digital Dream Door"][/caption] A bit off the beaten track of bass, but not too far.  I've been finding myself digging around in this website the past few days and it's really quite cool. One cool page is this one that shows the Billboard number one hits throughout the 1960's. Another page gives information about collecti...


Who's That Girl?...
This is not my video.  But I just happened across it.  See if you know anybody in it.  (I'm not sure if I should be annoyed or flattered.)... Terri


Bass Number 73 Epiphone Thunderbird-IV Bass
[caption id="attachment_3079" align="alignleft" width="630" caption="Epiphone Thunderbird-IV"][/caption] You have  probably heard me complaining about Epiphone in other articles.  They really are an odd company. At one time they were hot competition for Gibson.  But, for the past several decades Epiphone has been the cheaper cousin of similar products in the Gibson line.  Where a hollowbodie...


Builder Information Form Submission
Do you build a bass that is listed on Bass-Aholic.com?  If you're not sure maybe you should check and see.  At the time of writing this we have 861 bass brands listed in our DataBASS.  Is yours there? If you are in the DataBASS we would like to have the most complete and up-to-date information posted on your page. If you are NOT in the DataBASS, well why the heck not!?  A basic page on Bass-...


Waterish.com
I recently came across this website on Roger Waters while searching for Rickenbacker 4001s.  I never knew he played them.  In all the pictures I've seen of Pink Floyd, Waters was always playing a Precision.  (See his Fender signature P-Bass) Anyway check out this site.  It's pretty cool.   "The first and perhaps the only internet resource dedicated to Roger Waters gear and equipment. " And...


Bass Number 74 Samick P-Bass
[caption id="attachment_3219" align="alignleft" width="490" caption="Samick Precision Bass"][/caption] Samick is one those brand names that might generally be thought of as being a builder of cheap basses and guitars.  But this may not be the case.  According to Wikipedia, Samick builds guitars from student to professional grade.  So how good is the one I have here? The only identification I...


Bass Number 75 - Fender Standard Jazz Bass [MIM]
[caption id="attachment_3255" align="alignleft" width="513"] Fender MIM Standard Jazz Bass[/caption] The Fender Standard Jazz Bass (aka Made in Mexico Jazz Bass) Hmmm.  Too bad I was wearing a blue shirt for this picture.  Seeing this bright blue bass hanging on the music store wall, I found the colour a bit overwhelming.  But I've actually grown to like it. One of the first basses on thi...


Is it the end of BASS as we know it?...
Have you ever sat down on a high end keyboard/synthesizer as pressed the button that reads "e.bass"?  You click it and start playing.   You're next thought is, "What the heck kind of e.bass is that supposed to be???" Beyond that, how is a keyboard supposed to do stuff like stretches, vibratos, slides, slaps and so on? Well here's another new product that promises to be the end of all of us b...


Ed Collier - A modern day Da Vinci
Over the past few years I've received literally a few thousand submissions of companies that build basses.  There are a few that stand out and this one stands out big time. When I first saw the Collier website, I thought, "Oh brother, why did I get this one?".   It took some digging around but I eventually realized what a gem this website was.  At first you see a lot of stuff that has nothing t...


Hold Out Your Hand - Chris Squire - Bass-Aholic bassists
[caption id="attachment_3177" align="alignleft" width="347" caption="Chris Squire c.1974"][/caption] When I was in my teens one of my best friends went to a Yes concert.  I had no idea who Yes was.  But after the concert she was totally jazzed and completely in love with the band and their music.  The show was part of the promotion of the album Close to the Edge. Her birthday was coming up s...


Electric Basses, Bass Guitars, EUB's & More Basses - Terri's Bass-Aholic.com - Searching the DataBASS
[caption id="attachment_3183" align="alignleft" width="333" caption="A slight modification of my 1975 Precision Bass guitar headstock."][/caption] Welcome to Terri's Bass-Aholic.com Electric Basses, Bass Guitars, EUB's & More Basses - Terri's Bass-Aholic.com is the "Place for Bass" and one of the Internet's premier websites for everything to do with basses and playing bass. We have infor...


Like a Bass-Aholic.com Page? Google+1 it!
When you're browsing Bass-Aholic.com and you come across a page you like, you can now share your approbation with the world.. ... Just clock the "plus one" logo that appears on the side bar in Terri's Bass-Aholic.com pages. (If you're not already a Google +1 member sign up here.) Terri  


Pavel 5-String - Sean Byrd - Amazing Grace/Amazing bass playing...
Check out this great bass solo performed on a Pavel bass... Terri  


2000 GUITARS (and lots of BASSES too!)
[caption id="attachment_3241" align="alignleft" width="494" caption="2000 Guitars - The Ultimate Collection"][/caption] What could be better on a dark and cold night in January, but to snuggle up in bed with a great book on basses.  (Second only to surfing Bass-Aholic.com of course!) 2000 Guitars, despite the name, has tons basses too.  The is an absolutely wonderful book, that's not just a ...


871 Brands of Bass Guitars - Help, I need 129 more Bass Brands!
Okay, here is my verified list of 871 brands of basses.  I'd really like to get to 1000.  Can anybody find a few more bona fide basses for this list???... 1 666 Strings  2 A Bass  3 Acacia  4 ACG  5 Adamovic  6 Adler  7 Age  8 Airline  9 Albedo  10 Alberto Bonafini  11 Alden  12 Alembic  13 Alfonso Iturra  14 Alien  15 Alleva Coppolo  16 Alusonic  17 Alvarez  18 Amazing  19 American Showster  2...


Customized Fender Jazz Bass Guitar Pickguard
(Oh geez!  Here I am showing off my kid's artwork.) Further to my previous post on the MIM Fender Jazz Bass;  My daughter wanted to customize the pickguard on her Jazz bass and here's the results. I helped her remove the screws and remove the pickgaurd.  She sanded the pickguard to rough up the surface, applied a coat of black paint, then painted on the design.  After it all dried she spraye...


Markbass CMD 102P
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="421"] Terri and her Markbass CMP102P bass amp[/caption] For quite a while my main amp was an Ampeg SVT-Pro3 with a 410HLF cabinet.  This amp seemed like a perfect combination of size and power.  And after all, isn't Ampeg just plain out the best bass amp around? The problem I had was that it was just too big for me to moving around all the time, so I o...


Bass Number 76 Pedulla Buzz
[caption id="attachment_3317" align="alignleft" width="478" caption="Pedulla Buzz"][/caption] When I walked into the Langley Long & McQuade a few days ago I had one of those eye popping heart racing moments that only a true bass-aholic could understand. Firstly because I saw a Pedulla bass sitting in a stand in the used gear section. Secondly because it was only $449.00 and for a mome...


Atlansia Tribute Website
[caption id="attachment_3337" align="alignnone" width="656"] Atlansia Garland Bass[/caption]   Ever since I got that first glance of an Atlansia bass I've been rather smitten by them.  Not only are they some of the most beautiful and unique designs around but they are also amongst the most technically advanced instruments you'll find. Some time ago I realized that having a single Atl...


54th Grammy Awards and Angry Birds
[caption id="attachment_3369" align="alignright" width="307" caption="Adele with her six Grammy Awards"][/caption] So what do the Grammys and Angry Birds have in common?  You'll have to read this article to find out. The Grammys are of course the biggest music event of the year and this year was no exception. This year was the first year that I got a chance to watch the Grammys in HD and ...


Adele and Angry Birds
...how are the Grammys and Angry Birds related???... Terri :^)


Eastwood Classic 12 with Wendell Ferguson
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="335" caption="Wendell Ferguson and the Eastwood Classic 12"][/caption] I've talked about Mike Robinson and his Eastwood brand in the past.  But, if you don't already know about Eastwood, this is a company that takes unique bass and guitar designs from the past and remakes them as affordable, playable and decent sounding modern instruments. This Eastwoo...


Youtube: Amazing Bass Guitar Player! Gustavo Dal Farra
[caption id="attachment_3400" align="alignleft" width="252" caption="Gustavo Dal Farra"][/caption] I thought I'd share this real cool video of Gustavo Dal Farra. This video is very good and Gustavo really is amazing (and cute), but what really amazed about this video is the Youtube watch count.  It really has gone viral.  This video has been watched almost 11 million times.  The link to this...


Bass Number 77 Godin Shifter 4 - Great Canadian Basses
[caption id="attachment_3407" align="alignright" width="472" caption="Terri and the Godin Shifter 4"][/caption] Almost two years ago I wrote about the pending release of the Godin Shifter.  I really like Godin as a company and I like their guitars and other products, but I was waiting for them to release another good bass. When I say "another" I mean in addition to the Existing A4/A5 basses ...


Westcoast Basses
[caption id="attachment_3420" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Westcoast Basses"][/caption] One of the cool things about Bass-Aholic is that the list of basses is maintained in a database (DataBASS).  Because its in a database there's a lot of ways to sort things. About a year ago I was looking to find bass manufacturers that are located on the west coast of the states.  So I submitted...


Bass Number 78 Ernie Ball Music Man Classic Stingray
[caption id="attachment_3429" align="alignleft" width="341" caption="Terri with Ernie Ball Musicman Class Stingray"][/caption] Somehow I've gone all this time without playing any of the basses produced by Music Man. Music Man's roots go back to 1971 when Forrest White and Tom Walker worked with Leo Fender to form the company.  Leo was still in a 10 year non competition contract with CBS for ...


Bass Number 79 Epiphone Jack Casady Signature
[caption id="attachment_3433" align="alignleft" width="535" caption="Epiphone Jack Casady Bass"][/caption] One of those instruments I've always been on the look out for is a good semi-acoustic bass. My quest has been for a great 60's style bass.  You know that thunky fundamental sound.  Not a lot of harmonics or treble.  Just a solid root note sound.  That sound that bites through the mix bu...


Bass Number 81 1977 Lefty Fender Precision
[caption id="attachment_3436" align="alignleft" width="511" caption="Is Terri confused? She's right handed with a lefty bass!"][/caption] Ross McKenzie is a good friend of my guitar player John  (from Lotus).  He's also a guitar collector and a super nice guy. Ross is a long time serious guitar collector and I'm bass collector wannabe.  So whenever we get together, there's always lots of...


Bass Number 80 Kala U Bass
[caption id="attachment_3440" align="alignleft" width="458" caption="Kala UBass"][/caption] This rather beefy looking uke is actually a bass.  Specifically it's a Kala UBass. I've been seeing these on line for sometime but this was my first "in person" sighting. Kala has been around for just over 20 years. The company started at a time when the ukulele was just starting to become more pop...


Electric Mandolins at eMando.com
Here's a cool website that I came across while searching for mandolins. The emando.com website has a bit of a parallel to Bass-Aholic.com. If you like mandolins (I certainly do!) , please check it out... Terri "Stay Tuned"


Take care of your stuff - How to coil a cable. (from Planet Waves)
Cables. Just roll 'em up and throw 'em in a bag. They're just cables! Well they cost money and you probably had to work hard for that money. I'm a real nitpicker with my gear. My 35+ year old Fender Precision barely has a nick in it after years of gigging. I like to take of cables too. If you take care of them they won't let you down when you need them. This video from Planet Waves sho...


1000+ Brands. But still work to do...
Another milestone for Bass-Aholic.com.  Today the DataBASS exceeded ONE THOUSAND brands.  (But still another 107 Bass Brands are needed.)  Stay tuned!...


Theft from Auto - Johnson's Xstrange AUB-2 Scroll Bass
Bill Methatswho from the 101 Basses Facebook page has asked that I post information about a stolen Johnson Scroll bass. This bass, serial number AUB-2 #067, was reportedly stolen from a car last September.   If you have any information about its whereabouts.  Please contact Bill on Facebook. This is a hand built bass from Bruce Johnson's Extremely Strange Musical Instrument Company.  So to s...


Davy Jones 1945-2012
[caption id="attachment_3472" align="alignleft" width="420" caption="The Monkees in their heyday (Jones at left)"][/caption] It was a sad moment in music history yesterday when news spread of the death of Davy Jones at age 66. Jones was of course best know as a member of the Monkees. For those old enough to remember the sixties, Jones with the rest of Monkees rose to fame in the wake of B...


Rod Banach and Regenerate Guitar Works
[caption id="attachment_3485" align="alignleft" width="448" caption="Regenerate Bass Headstock"][/caption] This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Regenerate Guitar Works in Bothell Washington, just outside Seattle. Regenerate is one of large number of small builders that make limited quantities of high quality hand built  instruments. The company builds mainly basses and these i...


Bass Number 83 Eastwood Classic 4
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="498" caption="Eastwood Classic 4 in Orange with Terri"][/caption] I've talked about Eastwood in the pass on this blog.  I really like the concept of this company.  This is to take cool old basses and guitars from the past and build new ones that look like the old ones but are affordable and playable. One of those classic old basses from the past that a...


The Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin Cover - John Paul Jones' Classic Electric Bass Guitar Solo
This one bass solo from The Lemon Song off Led Zeppelin's second album may just be one of the reasons I started playing bass. When I was a kid this one or two minute bit of the song would send shivers up my spine.  "If only I could play bass like that, my life would be complete."  Suddenly I realized a few years ago that I can play that kind of stuff.  Not quite like John Paul Jones, but with m...


Bass Number 82 Gibson EB-2
[caption id="attachment_3599" align="alignleft" width="512" caption="Terri and the a Gibson EB-2 at Emerald City Guitars"][/caption] You know you see a name like Gibson and you see a forty something year old instrument, you put the two together and you have to have a winner right? This bass is a mid-sixties Gibson EB-2 and is for sale at Emerald City Guitars in Seattle. In 1958 Gibson rel...


Victor Wooten - Bass Mastery (even with only three strings)
Victor Wooten is the undisputed master of slapping bass.  Here's over eight minutes that proves it! At almost three minutes in, he breaks his G string and for a moment his seems unclear what to do.  Still he manages to whip his bass and the audience into a frenzy. "Stay Tuned!" Terri  


Bass Number 84 Vintage Canora Violin Bass
[caption id="attachment_3637" align="alignleft" width="504" caption="Vintage Japanese Canaro Violin Bass"][/caption] It's not very often these days that I come across a name that I don't know.  Even more unusual is to not be able to find some information about a bass on the internet somewhere.  The only other one that comes to mind in the Amazing Bass that used to own a number of years ago. ...


XStrange + Google = 101Basses
Maybe this will change by the time anyone decides to read it, but I thought it was sort of amusing. I used Google Images to search for "johnsons xstrange".  I got a few hits that were what I was looking for, but after a few lines I started getting mostly images from this blog, 101 Basses. Okay, I guess I'm just easily amused. (I was looking for Johnson's Extremely Strange Musical Instrume...


900 Bass Guitar Brands on Bass-Aholic.com
How can there be 900 brands of basses? Well here's proof. There's still lots to come so... "Stay Tuned!" Terri              


Bass Number 85 Modulus Quantum Q5
The first thing you notice about this bass is the really cool paint job. The body is an absolutely beautiful blue finished quilted maple. But once you get past that, you find that this is really one nice bass too. The big news on Modulus is its carbon fibre neck.  And there's a lot of history here. Modulus was founded by aerospace engineer Geoff Gould and famed Alembic founder Ri...


Stradi - Beautiful Basses
[caption id="attachment_3692" align="alignleft" width="504" caption="Stradi Bass"][/caption] I'm always on a quest of searching for new and interesting basses.  Very often I'm let down.  So often I find a bass guitar brand name and when I get to their website it's like, 'Well okay this looks alright', but it can be pretty un-exciting. Other times you get to a website and you go, 'Oh my!' and...


Bass Number 86 Reverend Mercalli 5 FM
[caption id="attachment_3715" align="alignleft" width="431" caption="Reverend Mercalli 5 FM"][/caption] Reverend was started in 1996 in by Joe Naylor.  Since then they've built a number of models of guitars but only one bass call the Rumblefish. A few years ago I was looking for basses on their website, but none were listed.  So I was surprised to find a few of them on the wall at Bass North...


Bass Number 87 Reverend Dub King
[caption id="attachment_3722" align="alignleft" width="528" caption="Terri & the Reverend Dub King"][/caption] The previous article was on the Reverend Mercalli 5 which is a solid body, bolt on neck bass. This bass is the Reverend Dub King and is a semi-acoustic, set neck bass. From Reverend's website, "The Dub King produces the thick, deep tone you'd expect from a short scale neck an...


Bass Number 88 Lace Helix
Oooo, shinny red! I love a shinny red paint job, neck through basses and laminated hardwoods.  And this bass has them all. If you haven't heard of Lace you're not alone.  But like a lot of companies, they've probably had some effect on the basses you've been playing. When you go to the Lace website you might not even know that they make basses.  Guitars are the eleventh item on their menu...


Bass Number 89 Regenerate Guitar Works 5-String
[caption id="attachment_3735" align="alignleft" width="400"] Regenerate 5-string bass[/caption] In a previous post I introduced Rod Banach from Regenerate Guitar Works. This bass is one of his custom 5-string basses.  Modeled after classic the Fender basses, this bass has a single P-style pickup and passive electronics. The control panel has a metal plate like a Jazz bass instead of the t...


Bass Number 90 Eko
[caption id="attachment_3852" align="alignleft" width="448" caption="Eko Bass"][/caption] This bass is a mid sixties Eko bass. Prior to writing this article I thought I knew something about Eko, but I was very wrong. Here's a quote from Fetish Guitars, "Eko is the firm founded by Oliviero Pigini in 1959. Eko was the largest musical instruments firm in Europe from 1964 until the 1970’s. It...


Bass Number 91 Hondo Deluxe Series 830 Bass Guitar
[caption id="attachment_3904" align="alignleft" width="448"] Hondo P-Bass[/caption] Although this looks an awful lot like a Fender Precision bass, it's actually made by a company called Hondo.  This model is a Hondo Deluxe Series 830 Bass Guitar According to Wikipedia, "The Hondo guitar company was originally formed in 1969 when Jerry Freed and Tommy Moore of the International Music Corporat...


Bass Number 92 Gretsch G5123
[caption id="attachment_3925" align="alignleft" width="438" caption="Gretsch G5123 Bass Guitar"][/caption] When I started writing this article, I was surprised that this was only the second Gretsch bass that I'd reviewed.  I certainly have played a few over the years. This one is a bit of an oddball (oddbass?) to me.  It's a Gretsch G5123B The classic 1960's Gretsch bass models where the ...


Bass Number 101 NS (Ned Steinberger) NXT 4-string EUB
[caption id="attachment_4044" align="alignleft" width="432" caption="NS NXT Headstock"][/caption] So here it is! Bass Number 101. And are my fingers tired! This bass is an EUB (Electric Upright Bass) and is an NS Design NXT 4-string. NS, of course, stands for Ned Steinberger.  Ned is legendary in his contributions to the musical instrument industry. Ned's first bass designs where for S...


Bass Number 93 Spector 5-string
[caption id="attachment_3897" align="alignleft" width="448" caption="Spector 5-string"][/caption] A funny memory I have about the name Spector has to do with fellow bassist Dino DiNicolo.  One night, we were talking about his bass, a Spector, and I thought he said Schecter.  (Which I own two of)  He'd never heard of Schecter, but thought it sounded like the Yiddish version of Spector.  Silly as...


Bass Number 94 Music Man Bongo
[caption id="attachment_3956" align="alignleft" width="448" caption="Music Man Bongo Bass"][/caption] For some reason, I'd never paid too much attention to Music Man, but a while back I'd played and reviewed one (see Stingray) and I was surprised how much I  liked it. Also a few months ago I rewrote the Music Man page on Bass-Aholic and catalogued the various models. This one, the Bongo, ...


Bass Number 95 Takamine G-Series Accoustic Electric Bass
This bass and a number of basses to follow are part of the collection of my friend and fellow bassist Clint Wilson. This bass is a Takamine G-Series EG512CG.  The correct pronunciation of Takamine to my reckoning is tok-ah-mee-nee. The Takamine brand has been around for a long time and although you may view them as a budget brand, I don't really think this is the case.  There are in fact a n...


Bass Number 97 DiPinto Mach IV
Have you ever heard of DiPinto?  I hadn't really ever heard of them until I saw my friend Clint Wilson playing one on stage a year or so ago. Shortly after, I came across a couple of them on the wall at Bone Rattle Music on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. This bass guitar is a DiPinto Mach IV Bass and is one of two in Clint's personal bass guitar collection. The Mach IV styling seems...


Bass Number 98 DiPinto Belvedere Deluxe Bass
[caption id="attachment_4056" align="alignnone" width="640" caption="DiPinto Belvedere Deluxe Bass"][/caption] This bass guitar is a DiPintoBelvedere Deluxe Bass and is number two of two DiPintos owned by my friend Clint Wilson.  The previous bass was pretty cool, but I really liked this one quite a bit.  Although I'm a bit more conservative than this, I like the way this one's been glammed up....


Bass Number 99 Ed Roman - "The Goosenbacker"
[caption id="attachment_4065" align="alignnone" width="512" caption="Ed Roman Goosenbacker 4001"][/caption] Of all the basses in 101 Basses, this one is really the most unique.  It's position of Bass Number 99 in 101 Basses is rather suitable. [caption id="attachment_4074" align="alignright" width="207" caption="Ed Roman Goosenbacker 4001 and Terri"][/caption] This bass is a custom built ...


Bass Number 100 Takamine TB10
[caption id="attachment_4086" align="alignright" width="320"] Terri and the Takamine TB-10[/caption] It's rather odd that I look so serious here.  But I'm actually extremely impressed with this bass and very glad to have had the opportunity to give it a test drive. At first glance you may just see another 4-string acoustic electric bass, but this has a number of features that set it apart fr...


Bass Number 96 (FIVE MORE) 1977 Gibson (Grabber) G-3
[caption id="attachment_4007" align="alignleft" width="598" caption="The Gibson G-3 - For this Gibson Terri is smiling"][/caption] For those that have been following along on this blog for a while, you probably know that I'm not overly big on Gibson basses.  In fact, a while back I reviewed a budget Epiphone Thunderbird, that I thought sounded better than it's Gibson cousin that cost over $1000...


101 Basses - The Movie
[caption id="attachment_4030" align="alignright" width="640" caption="101 Thumbs"][/caption] It only seems fitting that after playing 101 Basses that I would build a montage of all the basses in the list.  Here's a list with links to every article, followed by a link to "101 Basses the Movie" Bass Number 1 - Fender Precision Bass Number 2 – Warwick Corvette Bass Number 3 – Godin A4 Fr...


My Wishlist - Top Three (Part 1)
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="480" caption="What's BASS is behind door number ONE?"][/caption] Over the course of the past two years I've played a lot of basses.  In fact, only a fraction of the basses I've played have ended up on the 101 Basses list.  Sometimes this was because I didn't have a camera and sometimes it was because I either felt too shy or I just couldn't be bothere...


My Wishlist - Top Three (Part 2)
[caption id="attachment_3884" align="alignright" width="384" caption="What's behind door number 2?"][/caption] ...from Part 1 The second of my top three wishlist basses, is one that I've never seen in person.  In fact, who knows if there are even any of them in North America.  These basses are made by a small builder in Japan and are amongst the most innovative instruments I've ever seen...


Only TEN BASSES To Go!!!


The Coutdown Postings
If you are following the count down to Bass Number 101.  I thought I'd mention that there is a schedule.  Each posting is scheduled for 1:00 AM (I believe that is Boston time) on the following dates... April 27 - Bass Number 97 April 29 - Bass Number 98 May 1 - Bass Number 99 May 2 - Bass Number 100 May 3 - Wishlist Number 3 May 4 - Wishlist Number 2 May 5 - Bass Number 101 May 6...


Are Ukes Cool???
A year ago I was writing about how I like ukuleles. Well apparently I'm not the only one. It looks the UK has gone through, and past, a trend of thinking ukes are cool. Unfortunately, the trend didn't last and now people are trying to dump their ukes. This article is almost nothing to do with bass, but was too good not to post. When I say "almost", I'm referring to the Kala U-Bass. It's a uke too....


Eddie Current Covers - Altansia Stealth
I'm always looking for bass guitars that are high on my faves list.  Atlansia, of course, is right at the top.  So when I found somebody playing one I just had to share.  There are so few of them around it seems.  Eddie Current does a great cover of My Wave by Soundgarden.  But even more fun, is seeing an Atlansia Stealth in action.  Where did you find that bass Eddie??? "Stay Tuned" Terri


Ishibashi Music - Shopping in Japan
Killer Guitar, Edwards, GrassRoots, Vanzandt and the list goes on.  We all know Talkamine and Ibanez as great Japanese brands, but there's a whole lot more happening in Japan that what we see in the North America.  Ishibashi Music's ebay store has lots of bass guitar brands that we don't see here to often.  So check out their on-line store.  Just another great place to get GAS. Check out the 90...


Donald “Duck” Dunn (November 24, 1941 – May 13, 2012)
[caption id="attachment_4149" align="alignleft" width="438" caption="Donald (Duck) Dunn"][/caption] Donald "Duck" Dunn passed away on May 13th in a Tokyo hotel room after performing a double show. He's most famous as a bassist for Booker T & the MG's, but I'll always remember him for his role in the Blues Brothers movie with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. His basses mostly include 50's...


The New LedBelli
Don't you just love the look of a semi-acoustic bass?  I sure do. 5-string and fretless too!  Very nice! I just received a note from my friend Cleve Johnson about LedBelli BASS Guitars latest model, the Jonah. No information on it yet, but it sure looks nice. LedBelli Jonah Hea   LedBelli Jonah Neck and Hea LedBelli Jonah Bod Check out more pictures on LedBelli's Facebook...


Fender Jazz Basses - Aren't they all the same?
In the past few months I've started into a music project with a bassist named Clint Wilson.  The scope of that project could be another whole article, but what was interesting was showing up at rehearsal with another bass player and realizing we'd both brought the same bass.  (I know you guitar players are all yawning.)  For performing, I've always considered the visual aspect of the instrumen...


Teach Me Bass Guitar
You may have noticed something new in the pass few weeks on the sidebar on Bass-Aholic.com and 101 Basses.  We are proud to introduce the Teach Me Bass Guitar program featuring Roy Vogt. I've only gone through a couple of the sample lessons and I am impressed.  And so are the experts... "Roy is the consummate pro as both teacher and player." Bryan Beller Bass Player Magazine "Roy contin...


Iconic Bass Player Leo Lyons of Ten Years After and old Vinyl Records
It's funny how it can take today's youth to rekindle your love of the past.  About a year ago my teenage son discovered The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin while we were on a road trip.  During that same road trip he talked me into buying him a Fender Stratocaster.  The deal was, that if he didn't play it, it was mine.  Well he plays it an hour or two every day and has become immersed in th...


Why do we use 1/4" Connectors???
[caption id="attachment_4199" align="alignleft" width="277" caption="What 1/4" TS Connectors Were Designed For"][/caption] I don't often like to complain, but sometimes you just have to be aghast at the state of technology and our inability to make positive changes in the way we do things. The target of my little rant here is the lowly 1/4" (quarter inch) or TS (tip/sleeve) connector an...


Stolen Guitars: Vintage Epiphone, Fender, Larrivee, Vintage Squier, Godin...
The home of my good friend and guitarist John Haynes was broken into last night.  Several guitars and other equipment were taken. A lot of instruments and music gear was stolen last night (June 30th-July1, between 10:45pm and 12:30) from local band Lotus' guitar player's house in Deep Cove. All these instruments not only have monetary value but of course great sentimental value... a laptop was ...


Stolen Notebook Computer - With Lotus Third Album Masters
An Acer notebook computer that looks identical to this one was taken from a house on Coldwell Road, near Deep Cove in North Vancouver between 10:00 PM 12:30 on the evening of June 30 - July 1, 2012. The computer has little street value, but contains master copies of recording by the band Lotus.  So is of high personal value to it's owners. If you locate this computer please contact. Terri Breez...


What the heck is RSS?
I've known about RSS for quite a while but never really understood it that well.  In a nutshell, it's a way for you to keep track of what's new in your favourite blogs and news sites.  101 Basses has had an RSS feed almost since the beginning.  This video will help you make the best of your favourite blog.  (That would be 101 Basses of course.)... To make this work in 101 Basses you can click...


James Jamerson - One of the Most Influential Bassist of the 1960's
[caption id="attachment_4326" align="alignleft" width="252" caption="James Jamerson"][/caption] If you're like me, you're probably going, "What!?  Who the heck is James Jamerson???"  It's really odd to think think that a bassist that's played on more number one hits than The Beatles could be almost completely unknown.  Even the band he was part of, The Funk Brothers, is not that well known. ...


The Fender Bass - An Illustrated History
[caption id="attachment_4339" align="alignleft" width="288" caption="The Fender Bass - Hal Leonard Corp"][/caption] For the novice, picking up this book and thumbing through it, your first thought might be that the book is filled with with the same bass painted in lots of different colours. But for the true bass enthusiast The Fender Bass is a treasure trove full of interesting information abou...


Stolen Guitars and a Loss of Faith in Humanity
On June 30, 2012 the home of my good friend was robbed.  His home is also our band rehearsal and recording space. Thieves took ten instruments, computers, a television plus lots of personal items.  Even including a box of granola bars.  I guess ripping people off is hard work and you need to stop for a snack. The truly sad part is that my friend is the kindest person you'll ever meet.  Even ...


Bass Number 102 - Focus 420S Bass Guitar by Kramer
Kramer Focus 420S Review Some time ago I got a call from a friend on my cel phone.  He's got a reputation of being a bargain hunter and he's furnished most of his house from items bought from thrift stores.  You might think his place looks like your grandma's cottage, but to the contrary, his house looks like a spread from Better Homes and Gardens. So one day he calls from the Salvation Army a...


The NEXT 101 BASSES - Back to BASSics - September 2012
[caption id="attachment_4396" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="May 2012 Completion of 101 Basses"][/caption] Back in May of this year I published the 101st "101 Basses" article.  This was the completion of two years of hanging out in music stores and otherwise being totally obsessed with electric bass guitars.  Since that time I haven't published any new articles, but needless to say, I s...


The Kramer Connection
[caption id="attachment_4403" align="alignleft" width="223"] The Kramer Connection[/caption] It's rather interesting isn't it?  You think that instrument builders and bass builders and their associated companies all work in a kind of isolation.  But they don't really and Kramer Guitars is no exception. In the case of Kramer the company started off with a couple of partners and key innovators...


The Incomparable Carol Kaye
[caption id="attachment_4421" align="alignleft" width="336"] Carol Kaye[/caption] Young women growing up are always looking for role models.  But in the pre-Internet days so much of the information we take for granted today, simply wasn't available.  So, strange as it may seem, I'd never heard about Carol Kaye until just recently. Some time ago, when I first met Bob Gadd from Levi guitars, I...


The Hollywood Guitar Center - ROCK WALK
[caption id="attachment_4442" align="alignleft" width="168"] The Rock Walk[/caption] Actors have Grauman's Chinese Theatre but what do have musicians have?  The answer is The Hollywood Guitar Center "Rock Walk" Did you know about it?  I'd never heard of it until I walked over it a year ago white visiting the store.  We've all heard of the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, but this little treasure is...


Thanks for joining the list!
[caption id="attachment_4458" align="alignleft" width="150"] Terri Breeze - Girl-on-Bass - Bass-Aholic[/caption] Hello and welcome! Thanks for joining. If you are a true bass-aholic this is the place for you. My websites are divided into two bassic sections: Terri's Bass-Aholic.com is like an encyclopedia of electric bass guitar.  There are over 900 brands of basses here.  Plus ther...


101 Basses - New Look!
101 Basses has a new header page. Significant I think to warrant a post. The new screen has links to... Bass Cat Music Anita's Visalus Page The 101 Basses Amazon Store My Girl-on-Bass website Terri's Bass-Aholic.com The Bass List - Basses reviewed on 101 Basses. (As requested by Harrison) The Girl-on-Bass Twitter feed link The 101 Basses group on Facebook ...and of course the 1...


Bass Number 103 - Ibanez SR Premium Series - SR1206E 6-String Bass
[caption id="attachment_4489" align="alignnone" width="620"] Terri Breeze - Ibanez SR Premium - SR1206E[/caption] I've always liked the idea of a 6-string bass. The idea of being able to play a little lower and usually quite a bit higher than your standard twenty fret Precision seems like a great idea.  Having that low B string is great when you need that occasional low D.  No need for drop tun...


Godin Glissentar A11
You have to hand it Robert Godin. He's come up with quite a few cool ideas over the years. (Although I'm still waiting for better bass models, the A4 is still one of my faves.) While doing clinics in Europe, Godin was asked if he could make and Oud. At first he declined believing the market was limited. Fast forward a couple of years and Godin has two instruments based o the Oud in their produc...


What Bass Guitars do the Pros Play? - Carol Kaye - Gear & Techniques
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] Carol Kaye 1974 - Image: CarolKaye.com[/caption] Do you want to know what one of the most successful session bassist in history plays and how she plays it? Read on, to learn about the basses, amplifiers and playing techniques of the amazing Carol Kaye. After writing the previous article on Carol Kaye I decided to see if she could be contacted.  T...


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[caption id="attachment_2746" align="alignright" width="75"] 101 Basses[/caption] If you would like to contact me.  The best way is through the 101 Basses Group on Facebook This Website is owned and operated by: Terri Breeze Langley, BC, Canada Submissions can be directed to: Anita Breeze c/o POSitec Solutions Inc. 260 - 19358 96th Avenue Surrey, BC, Canada Email: Bass Review Submiss...


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Noah Carnival - LedBelli BASS Guitars - For Sale
For the past couple of years Cleve Johnson of LedBelli BASS Guitars has been making some really great handmade basses in his shop in Pasco Washington. LedBelli Noah Carniva The LedBelli Noah is his mainstay and his finishes are absolutely beautiful. From now to October 21, 2012 you can take 15% off the website MSRP for any LedBelli BASS Guitar ordered. You can also be seen dazzling the...


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Yes, I am a never ending tweaker.  Always looking for ways to change things, with the intent of making them better.  So here is the latest version of Bass-Aholic.  Just a face lift actually.  Hope you like it... Bass-Aholic 6. Check out Terri's Bass-Aholic.com Check out the World's Best Bass Search




School's IN with Teach Me Bass Guitar
Hey, Mom and Dad. Now that the kids are back in school, they're going to be deciding what teams to join, what school clubs they'd like to try and... wait! Your daughter wants to learn to play the bass guitar? That's great. It's not great? What's wrong? As it turns out, the music classes at her new school are crowded and currently only offering piano or acoustic guitar. This young lady's bee...


How to Buy an Electric Bass Guitar
[caption id="attachment_4666" align="alignright" width="300"] Which bass do I buy?!?!?![/caption] How do you buy a bass?  Easy!  You go to a music store and give them a bunch of money. The real question of course is, how do you choose the bass that's right for you. Recently, someone was asking me about choosing an inexpensive first bass.  The questions were all about what kinds of wood th...


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If Gibson is a World Leader in Guitars Why Aren't Gibson Basses More Popular?
[caption id="attachment_4699" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Gibson Guitar Corporation[/caption] About Gibson Basses, Without question Gibson is a world leader in building guitars, mandolins and other stringed instruments. When you think of acoustic guitars Gibson is one of a few brands that immediately come to mind as being the best quality big brand acoustics around.  When it comes to el...


Adam Ben Ezra
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="259"] Adam Ben Ezra[/caption] If you are looking for something completely refreshing you simply must check out Adam Ben Ezra. Adam has a cool cat jazz sound that echos back to the early sixties and oodles of personality in his playing style. More than words can describe, just watch Can't Stop Running... More links to to Adam Ben Ezra: Offi...


What is the F Word in F Bass Guitars?
[caption id="attachment_4726" align="alignnone" width="600"] F Bass AC-6[/caption] You have to wonder why somebody would name their company "F Bass"  For most people the "F" word has certain connotations.  Even for bass players you might think of F as a key.  Oddly, the F clef is also known as the bass clef so maybe it all makes sense. In fact though, to discerning bass players, the  "F" bas...


Can Girls Play Bass Guitar? - Tal Wilkenfeld is one Smoking Bassist!
[caption id="attachment_4831" align="alignnone" width="614"] Herbie Hancock and Tal Wilkenfeld[/caption] I once got a message on my blog saying something like, "...women should not play bass.  It's far too masculine.  You should play something more feminine like flute. " I know he was just trolling.  But, it really gives you a level of resolve to be a better player doesn't it.  For the troller,...


The Newest Bass Guitar on Planet Earth - From Atlansia and H. Noble
For a true Bass-Aholic it doesn't get much better than this.  Last night I received an email from Nobuaki Hayashi in Japan.  We'd been talking recently about the development of his latest bass.  Yesterday he was putting on the last few finishing touches and he wanted to share the completed bass guitar with me. For those that don't know Nobuaki Hayashi, you might be familiar with his pseudonym, ...


Learn How to Play George Harrison's Something on Bass Guitar and Lots of Other Beatles Covers
My fourteen year old son is a never ending source of inspiration for me. About a year ago he got the bug to start playing bass and guitar. Since then he's had an insatiable thirst for learning everything about these instruments. His bug for music came to him during a ten day road trip through the states. He'd loaded his iPod with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles. During the trip we liste...


New Atlansia Breeze Bass - The Newest Bass Guitar from H. Noble
[caption id="attachment_4804" align="alignnone" width="630"] Atlansia Breeze Bass Tail View[/caption] (This post is a followup to "The Newest Bass Guitar on Planet Earth) Hot off the press.  The newest bass guitar on planet earth from Nobuaki Hayashi (aka H. Noble) of Altansia, has a new name.  Previously unnamed, H. Noble announced yesterday that new bass guitar would be called the Breeze B...


Vintage Bass Guitar - A Nice Website With Some Great Photos
Recently I was talking a course on Internet marketing and the website name StumbleUpon came up.  I'd never heard of it before, but now I have a new way to fritter away the day. Through StumbleUpon I, well, stumbled upon a website called Vintage Bass Guitar.  It's a pretty nice little website and has historical information on close to twenty brands of bass guitars. On the welcome page you...


The Bass Guitar Players Christmas Stocking Stuffer Idea List
I'm in a bit a unique situation. A lot of women out there are trying to figure out what to buy their bass playing boy friends or husbands for Christmas.  But for me, I've got a big Christmas bass guitar shopping list that I'd like for some handsome fellow to buy for me. Diamonds might be *most* girls best friend, but for me Santa Baby, I want bass guitars under the tree! I know most guys ...


Maint
This is just a test




Learning Bass Guitar - Who's The Next Great Bassist?
Well it might just be you! Over the past while I've been finding a lack of information geared toward new bass players. Those that are starting out and have no idea where to go. There are, of course, tones of people selling "how to play" courses, but isn't there a whole lot more to getting from zero to famous musician? How about just knowing what bass to buy when you are starting out? ...


Let's Play a Spunky Bass Guitar - Willows Spunky Royal
I set out to find a new bass guitar for Bass-Aholic.  After all it's been some time since I've added any new basses.  I have something called a "pending list" on Bass-Aholic that has probably another hundred bass brands that still haven't been covered.  So poking around I came across Willows.  And oddly, it seems to be a rather large company.  How could I have missed it all this time? Willows S...


Come and Join the Group - 101 Basses on Facebook
Did you know that there are lots of bass fanatics and Bass-Aholics just like you out there??? Come and join us on Facebook! There's lots of players, builders, luthiers and mostly just a lot of friends on our group. So come and join 101 Basses on Facebook and stay up-to-date on everything cool and new in the world of bass guitar! "Stay Tuned!" Terri Join us at 101 Basses on Faceboo


Zig Ziglar -- November 6, 1926 - November 28, 2012
"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want." - Zig Ziglar Zig Zigla ----- This post has nothing to do with bass guitar, but is my tribute to someone that's been a great inspiration to me.  Whether you are a politician, a sales person, or even a bass player.  We can all use a bit of Zig's, "attitude of gratitude."  R.I.P. Zig Ziglar. ---...


Cool Website - Build Your Own F-Bass Bass Guitar
What could be more fun for the serious bass-aholic, but to spend your day designing your very own high end boutique bass guitar? In my cyber travels I've visited literally thousands of websites that have had something to do with musical instruments.  All too often I'm disappointed by poorly designed websites that don't present, what might be a great product, in a way that might actually help se...


#10 Top Boutique Bass Guitar Atlansia Victoria
Redirected to http://101basses.com/top-ten-boutique-bass-guitars-10-atlansia-victoria/ Atlansia Log The only reason that Atlansia is at the bottom of this list is due to their lack of popularity in the market outside of Japan. This in no takes away from the products importance. Quite to the contrary,  Atlansia is one of the most innovative builders on this list. Atlansia is the brain chil...


Top Ten Boutique Bass Guitars - "Boutique" Defined
So what is a "Boutique Bass Guitar"?  Before you can build a list of the Top Ten Boutique Bass Guitars you really need to define exactly what a Boutique Bass Guitar *is*. Even answering that basic question is open to lots of interpretation.  Some time ago I asked this question on my favourite bass forum TalkBASS.  You can read that thread here. The official 101 Basses definition of a boutiqu...


"Need Space to Show Your Bass?" - 101 Basses Banner Ads
Are you a boutique bass builder? Do you build an amazing "premium" bass that knocks the socks off the big competition??? The problem is getting the word out isn't it?  And you'd rather be building than selling right?  Well why don't you put a banner ad on 101 Basses? Contact us and we'll tell you more about what we can do... info@101basses.com


Merry Christmas!
In Vancouver it’s 6:00 AM December 24, but it’s already Christmas Day (3:00 AM) in Auckland. Yay, it’s Christmas! To all my bass playing friends from every corner of the world, a very Merry Christmas to you! How ever you celebrate or don’t celebrate and regardless of your religious affiliations and spiritual beliefs and whether you call it Christmas or any number of other things, may you have p...


How Terri's Bass-Aholic Can Help You Promote Your Bass Brand
As of this writing (January 2013) Terri's Bass-Aholic.com hosts web pages for 1037 brands of musical instruments.  That's 1037 companies or groups that build instruments.  Of those, 923 pages are for companies that make electric bass guitars.  That's a lot of basses.  There are easily a few hundred more brands that just don't have pages yet.  So if your company doesn't have a name like Fender or G...


Always Stay Tuned!
For a couple of years now I've been using "Stay Tuned" as a tag line. The idea, of course, is the double meaning of the term. The first comes from the age old broadcasting saying. "Stay tuned", meant to not change your television or radio to another station.  The second meaning, for musicians, refers to keeping your instrument, or bass, correctly tuned. So it seemed like a clever tag line.  Don...


Do You Build A Bass Guitar? Is Your Bass Listed on the Bass-Aholic Luthier DataBASS?
[caption id="attachment_5825" align="alignleft" width="448"] Your Bass Here![/caption] Bass-Aholic's Luthier DataBASS contains information on over 900 brands of bass guitars.  If you build a bass you should be in our database.  It will help you build a presence on the Internet and best of all it's FREE! If you are a luthier and/or bass guitar builder and do have a page on Bass-Aholic, please...


Vintage Guitar Price Guide - The One Book For Serious Bass Collectors
[caption id="attachment_5962" align="alignleft" width="490"] 2014 Vintage Guitar Price Guide[/caption] If you are serious about collecting guitars and bass guitars then the The Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide 2014 is the one book you just have to have. But let's be real, you'll never read this book. Instead you will find yourself thumbing through it for hours on end. And, you'll  find yo...




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This page provides links to copies of Broadcast Messages   News from Terri at 101 Basses - Feb 3, 2013 Sent Sunday, February 3, 2013 View as plaintext Hello, There's been lots of stuff on the go here.  Please check it out! :^) Bass-Aholic New and Updated Pages American Showster - The '57 Chevy "Tail-Fin" Bass Guitar This page has been updated with history about this cool a...




Planes, Trains & Basses... Is it Safe to Travel with Your Guitar on an Airplane?
One of the questions that comes up from time to time is about travelling on an airplane with your beloved bass.  It is safe to take a your bass guitar on an airplane and what's the best way to make sure it arrives undamaged?  It's a really a good question but, unfortunately, the answer is not so cut and dry. Let's start with the harsh reality.  Sometimes, despite your best thinking, there will ...


The Confusion on Shopping For Bass Guitar Strings - We Have a Handy String Finder
[caption id="attachment_5306" align="alignright" width="314"] Terri's D'Addario Bass Guitar String Shop[/caption] Terri's D'Addario Bass Guitar String Shop Shopping for any kind of strings for for a guitar, mandolin or really any string instrument can be a bit tricky.  You wouldn't think it should be, but for any instrument there are various gauges, (thicknesses) types of material and so on....


Japanese Manufacturers of Electric Guitars from 1960 to 1980 by Torch Harrison
[caption id="attachment_5342" align="alignleft" width="154"] Bass Guitars of Japan[/caption] When trying to sort out who made what from anything  coming out of Japan in the 60's and 70's it's really easy to get lost quickly.  Unlike a lot of American companies, a handful of Japanese factories, built dozens of bass guitar brands. "Japanese Manufacturers of Made In Japan Badged Electric Guitar...


Bass Guitar Forums
Web Forums are a great way to get information about anything that interest you.  So its not surprising that there are hundreds of them for any subject you can think of.  For certified bass-aholics forums related to bass guitar are great place to hang out, get information, meet others with related interest and to promote your own products and services. Forums Men Bass-Aholic.com has had a for...


Classic Guitars of the 60's - Tony Bacon
[caption id="attachment_5365" align="alignleft" width="387"] Classic Guitars of the 60's - Tony Bacon[/caption] While visiting the local library I came across this book.  This book is an awesome resource on everything from Fenders, Gibsons and Rics to the less known brands like Harmony, Mosrite, Burns, Teisco and many of the Matsumoku and Fujigen brands.  Filled with snippets of company history...


Guitar Registry.net - Register Your Precious Musical Instruments *Before* They Go Missing
[caption id="attachment_5372" align="alignleft" width="484"] Guitar Registry.net[/caption] One night, almost a year ago, my band was playing a gig. Late in the evening, our guitar player returned home and dropped off most of the equipment used that evening at his home. The home was also our practice space. He then left again for an hour or two. When he returned the front door was open and a can...


The Easiest Way to Find Bass Guitars on Ebay From Bass-Aholic
(Story below screen shot) Search everything bass guitar on eBay (should maybe be eBass? If you're a true Bass-Aholic you know the best places online to search for bass guitars. And the best place to whittle away the hours online is by far eBay. I love eBay and I have my favorite searches of course.  They almost always include the word "bass" and category 619 - Musical Instruments & Ge...


Bass Guitar Obsession? Three Ways to Fritter Away Your Day
If you love guitars, bass guitars and other cool musical instruments, Bass-Aholic is here to help fuel your obsession and give you GAS.  If you have ADHD, (or ADOS - Attention Deficit--Oh Shiny) we're most happy to help get lost in the endless plethora of beautiful and interesting bass guitars. Buried away in the submenus of Bass-Aholic are three really cool pages that you just have to see... ...


Wishing for a Better Wishbass?
[caption id="attachment_5428" align="alignleft" width="475"] Wishbass[/caption] I've talked a lot about boutique basses in the past.  You can see my definition here.  Even though Wishbass contradicts part of my own definition of a boutique bass, I still like to think of them as boutique.  They don't really fit the definition because they are NOT high-end by any stretch.  In fact Steve Wishnevsk...


All About Tone Woods In Guitar Building
There has always been a lot of discussion and lots of mystery behind the subject of tonewoods in guitar building.  That is, how does the wood used in building a guitar affect its sound and overall quality. The Fender Custom Shop has a Youtube channel with a good number of videos.  Fender's Mike Eldred goes into a lot of detail about the standard woods used in the construction of Fender guit...


Specialty Bass Guitar Strings
[caption id="attachment_5444" align="alignleft" width="245"] Bass-Aholic String Shop[/caption] Shopping for bass strings can be complicated. There are so many different types of strings. There's roundwound, flatwound, halfwound, tapewound and coated strings. There's short scale, medium scale, long scale, (which is really the "standard" scale) and super-long scale. And, there's 4-string, 5-strin...


Luthier Roger Rossmeisl Riding the Crested Wave
[caption id="attachment_5486" align="alignleft" width="165"] Roger Rossmeisl at Fender c.mid-1960's[/caption] (b.1927 in Kiel, Germany - d.1979 in Berlin, Germany) Rossmeisl, son of luthier Wenzel Rossmeisl, was a luthier that worked for Fender, Gibson and Rickenbacker.  Roger Rossmeisl was hired by F.C. Hall in 1954 and was responsible for a number of Rickenbacker designs of the era.  Most not...


Terri Tunes - A Bunch of Demo Music by Terri Breeze
[caption id="attachment_5493" align="alignleft" width="404"] Terri Breeze - Terri Tunes on Soundcloud[/caption] I've recently gone back and reworked my Soundcloud account.  I've got quite a bit of material that I've been working on over the past few years and I thought it was time to organize it in to something that can be shared, listened to and enjoyed. I always say that I'm a bassist firs...


Fender Serial Numbers - Finding The Age of Your Guitar
[caption id="attachment_5530" align="alignright" width="288"] Fender Dating - Written in Stone[/caption] Fender Guitar and Bass Guitar Dating Leo Fender started building electric guitar backs in 1950 and produced his first bass guitar a year later.  Fender guitars and basses are easily the most popular instruments ever made. The Fender company has gone through three major periods or eras in i...


Top Ten Boutique Bass Guitars - The 101 Basses Best List
[caption id="attachment_5867" align="alignleft" width="300"] Top Ten Boutique Bass Guitars[/caption] Trying to make a list of The Top Ten Boutique Bass Guitars is not all that easy.  Everyone has a different favourite and there are over 900 bass brands to choose from .  And even though there are so many brands, there are lots that just cannot be called boutique. To get a good sampling of "wh...


Top Ten Boutique Bass Guitars - #10 Atlansia Victoria
[caption id="attachment_5238" align="alignleft" width="357"] Atlansia Logo[/caption] The only reason that Atlansia is at the bottom of this list is due to their lack of popularity in the market outside of Japan. This in no takes away from the products importance. Quite to the contrary,  Atlansia is one of the most innovative builders on this list. Atlansia is the brain child of Nobuaki Hayas...


Top Ten Boutique Bass Guitars - "Boutique" Defined
So what is a "Boutique Bass Guitar"?  Before you can build a list of the Top Ten Boutique Bass Guitars you really need to define exactly what a Boutique Bass Guitar *is*. Even answering that basic question is open to lots of interpretation.  Some time ago I asked this question on my favourite bass forum TalkBASS.  You can read that thread here. The official 101 Basses definition of a boutiqu...


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Vintage Guitar Price Guide - The One Book For Serious Bass Collectors
If you are serious about collecting guitars and bass guitars then the The Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide 2014 is the one book you just have to have. But let's be real, you'll never read this book. Instead you will find yourself thumbing through it for hours on end. And, you'll  find yourself grabbing for this book every time you see an interesting or rare bass online or in a music stor...


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Submissions & Pending Bass-Aholic Pages It seems that I'm constantly receiving links to new bass guitar brands.  As disorganized as I am, I thought that having a page where I could keep track of this stuff would be good. Anyone with a legitimate request can add a comment here or send me a message at 101 Basses on Facebook. Always glad to hear from other bass fanatics. Terri My Pe...






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Bass # 104 Fender American Deluxe Dimension Bass V
Almost a year ago Fender released its new Dimension series basses and I have to say that I was a bit blase about this new instrument.  Fender has a rather tried and true stable of basses so why do they need something new? At the same time, the market once mostly owned by Fender, now has a lot more competition.  So I guess it was time for Fender come up with some new tricks. The other thing t...


Bass-Aholic is on Sabbatical
In 2009 I wanted to try building a website and my idea was to build a site that would catalogue all of the dozen or so bass guitar brands that I knew about. By September 2014 the number of bass guitar brands in that catalogue reached 1001 with probably hundreds of leads left to research. Unfortunately, over the last year or so other priorities have taken precedence.  And as website technolo...


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