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Bass Musician Magazine Staff Shares Their Views on Our 3 Year Anniversary

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Bass Musician Magazine has been a wonderful resource for the bass community, providing in-depth analysis of what’s happening in the world of serious bass playing and thought-provoking words from the masters, Thanks so much to everyone involved for their hard work and dedication and here’s hoping for many more years of great reading. I’m thrilled to have been involved!
Michael Manring

I consider Bass Musician Magazine the “DownBeat of Bass”, so to speak, in that it focuses on the jazz side of bass playing and features bassists who have found a way to take our instrument to the next level. It’s relevancy as a magazine will become more and more apparent over time. The concept of a web-only magazine that offers its entire and ever-growing archive of content available on demand is groundbreaking. Better yet, it’s translatable into 50 languages at the click of a button. If that’s not forward thinking, I don’t know what is.
Rick Suchow

BMM has proven to be the gold-standard (in my opinion) for what an online magazine can and should be. The content runs deep, the contributors are among the best out there and the site is easy to navigate. It’s been my honor to be involved and look forward to many more years of Bass Musician Magazine!
Damian Erskine

When BMM appeared on the scene, I noticed the difference immediately; First of all, I was presented with full-array of bass content in a user-friendly format. Second, the focus was (and is) on content vs. advertising and that focus really pleased me a lot. Years have passed and that spirit is still happening on every page.
Igor Saavedra

I am very happy to be and to have been a part of the Bass Musician Magazine community. The magazine offers a forum for bassists of all calibers, styles and beliefs to have an equal voice and to share information and favorite stuff- it doesn’t get any better than that. Keep on truckin…
Randy Kertz

I want to give a big congrats and thanks to Bass Musician Magazine for their 3rd anniversary! Over the years, Jake Kot and staff have continually produced an original product based in truth, a thing that’s somewhat rare these days…
Doug Johns

I am so proud and honored that I have been involved with Bass Musician Magazine from its’ beginnings. I remember Jake Kot’s excitement (and mine) when he first told me the idea of the mag and what it would be and could become. The fact that there are so many great players from various genres contributing to the mag is amazing in itself. I really dig that it is becoming more about a community that interacts and shares opinions, knowledge, etc. rather than just another online publication. Happy Anniversary to all involved! Ray Riendeau

Cheers and Happy Anniversary to Bass Musician Magazine! It is a great honor for me to be part of the BMM Family! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share knowledge with the world… Together we are making a difference, we are making history in music education and the music industry… and this is just the beginning!
Jaime David Vazquez

Wow, three years already! When we sat down to plan this magazine, I never could have imagined how it would connect me to so many amazing, talented musicians worldwide! Interviews, CD reviews, book reviews, live performances and personal correspondence have all made it possible to experience and share our common bond, the Bass, on so many levels. I look forward to so much more and of course sharing the journey with all our readers. This is just the beginning! Raul Amador, Creative Director BMM

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This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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TOP 10 Basses of the week

Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

Click to follow Bass Musician on Instagram @bassmusicianmag

FEATURED @meridian_guitars @mgbassguitars @utreraguitars @adamovicbasses @marleaux_bassguitars @str_guitars @foderaguitars @mauriziouberbasses @officialspector @normstockton

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This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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TOP 10 Basses of the week

Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

Click to follow Bass Musician on Instagram @bassmusicianmag

FEATURED @zonguitars @shukerbassguitars @bite.guitars @adamovicbasses @mayonesguitars @bassbros.uk @capursoguitars @overwaterbasses @saitiasguitars @ramabass.ok

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New Gear: Elrick Bass Guitars Headless Series

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New Gear: Elrick Bass Guitars Headless Series

New from Elrick Bass Guitars, Headless Series added to Custom Lineup…

Elrick Bass Guitars is excited to announce the addition of a headless option on hand-carved series bass guitars. Initially previewed on the 2023 Gold Series SLC MkII bass of prolific solo bass practitioner and educator Steve Lawson, a headless bass option is now available to all. According the Elrick, “The excitement surrounding Steve’s MkII SLC bass at 2024 NAMM confirmed that the time is right to add a headless option to our extensive range of custom options.” To date, Elrick instruments have only been offered with traditional headstock construction but, in response to market demand, custom features will now include a headless option in 4-, 5- and 6-string models.

Headless bass guitars share these features with the traditional headstock series:

24 frets + zero fret
exotic wood top
hand-rubbed oil finish
2-way adjustable truss rod
custom Bartolini pickups
custom Bartolini 3-band preamp
fully shielded control cavity
Hipshot bridge
Dunlop Straploks
Elrick Fundamental strings

The headless option can now be selected when submitting custom order requests via the form on elrick.com, contacting the Elrick Sales Office directly, or working with your favorite Elrick dealer.

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Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)

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Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)…

Flemish Master Pieter Bruegel the Elder probably had many things in mind when painting his Hunters in the Snow in oil on oak wood in 1565. This masterpiece tells plenty of little stories about winterly pastimes and precarious livelihoods in the Early Modern Age. What Bruegel presumably did not have in mind was that this painting would, several centuries later, become one of the most popular ones in fine arts globally, displayed in a permanent exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) Vienna. The painting’s popularity was lately taken to a different level as it was replicated by hand to design an exclusive BITE bass.

An international art collector and bass player who regularly visits Vienna to immerse himself in the wonderworld of Kunsthistorisches’ Bruegel Hall asked BITE to replicate the painting on a bass body. BITE Guitars, an Austrian premium manufacturer exporting most of their basses to the US, has become renowned for colorful artwork basses, offering a range of manual and digital techniques. The firm’s art director Peter, a trained scenic painter of Oscar and Palme d’Or rank, specializes in photo-realistic reproductions. He also painted the bass for Robbie Williams’ 2023 world tour by faithfully replicating Robbie’s own stage design onto the tour bass.

Peter copied the Bruegel motif onto the bass body in minute detail, little twigs even by one-hair-brush. Positioning the rectangular image section on the body shape proved to be a special challege that he met by repositioning little elements, a bird here, a horse and cart there.

It all came together in a memorable video shooting in front of the original painting in the Museum’s Bruegel Hall: venerable fine arts, premium handicraft and groovy jazz tunes.

View video at the museum: www.youtube.com/shorts/2evdqfR6gUE

What’s the conclusion of BITE’s client, our Vienna, art and bass lover? “It’s a magical bass! When I touch the strings, I feel warm inside.”

Specs highlights:
Bass model: BITE Evening Star, the proprietary BITE premium model with inward curved horns
Pickups: 2 x BITE 1000 millivolt passive split-coils (PP)
Neck: roasted maple neck and roasted flamed maple fretboard

Price tag incl. insured door-to-door express shipping:
New York: 4726 USD
London: 3645 GBP
Berlin: 4965 EUR

Full specs available at bite.guitars/old-master-bass/

Bruegel Hall at Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna: 
khm.at/en/visit/collections/picture-gallery/the-best-of-bruegel-only-in-vienna/

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

Bassist Ciara Moser…

Ciara and I sat down for this interview a few months after the launch of her debut album, “Blind. So what?”

Blind since birth, she is a powerhouse of talent; she is not only a professional bassist, but also composes music, and is a producer and educator. I am just blown away by her talent and perseverance.

Join me as we hear about Ciara’s musical journey, the details of her album, how she gets her sound, and her plans for the future.

Visit online:

www.ciara-moser.com 
IG @ moserciara
FB @ ciara.moser

Photos by Manuela Haeussler

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