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On Location at Wing Bass Headquarters with Luthier Chris Stambaugh and CEO Andy Brown

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On Location at Wing Bass Headquarters with Luthier Chris Stambaugh and CEO Andy Brown
On Location at Wing Bass Headquarters-1In early August, I had the pleasure of taking the beautiful car ride down to Lincoln, RI to visit the founder of one of the most unique products in the industry. An invention born out of necessity, the brain child of Andy Brown (CEO) and Chris Stambaugh (Luthier) was born the wing bass.

Here is a brief description of the Wing Bass concept:

“The Wing Bass was born out of the desire to have a portable instrument available at all times for travel, practice and performance. The concept is simple… place a capo at the twelfth fret of a standard bass and chop the neck off behind the capo. The result is the Wing Bass… an instrument that feels, plays and sounds like a standard scale bass with a capo at the 12th fret.

On Location at Wing Bass Headquarters-3As a practice instrument, work on anything you normally would including scales, arpeggios, chord progressions, soloing, etc. Since standard gauge strings and spacing are used, the technique exercises you work on are not entirely lost when moving back to your main bass.

For travel, the Wing Bass is small enough to fit in a 21? carry on, or to place under the seat in front of you, making it easy to take it with you on trips anywhere.

On Location at Wing Bass Headquarters-4For performance, the Wing Bass is tuned a full octave higher than a standard scale instrument, it sounds great for chordal solo work. To get back down to standard range try any sub-octave pedal, such as the EHX Micro POG or Boss OC-2. Different pedals will give you different flavors.


We know you’ll find the Wing Bass to be blast to play, as well as an asset when you’re craving to play while away from home and your beloved main bass.”

The instruments were incredibly unique and very, very well made. For those unfamiliar with the craftsmanship of one Mr. Chris Stambaugh, it would be great to familiarize yourselves with one of the most talented and underrated Luthiers in the New England area…

Check out stambaughdesigns.com

The attention to detail on the woodwork, as well as the set-up and electronics were top notch.

This is by no means a novelty or a toy in any way and it was constructed with the same care that one would put into a professional level instrument.

We ran the Custom 7- and two 5 strings through a PJB PB-400 and an array of pedals and also tried out a little bit of the beautifully built guitar.

These guys really do make wonderful products and they fit a very much needed niche for the traveling hobbyist and musician that wants to keep the overhead space but not sacrifice quality while writing or practicing on the road.

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Visit online at www.wingbass.com

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Album: John Entwistle, Rarities Oxhumed – Volume Two

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Album: John Entwistle, Rarities Oxhumed – Volume Two

Rarities Oxhumed – Volume Two is the second of the series of posthumous releases coming from John Entwistle.

Rarities Oxhumed – Volume Two is a compilation that was curated by drummer Steve Luongo, who served as John Entwistle’s producer, bandmate, business partner and good friend for many years. As Luongo states, “When I agreed to do two volumes of John Entwistle rarities, I knew volume two had to be even better than volume one. It is!” The collection of songs on Volume Two are from his years with the John Entwistle Band and include re-mastered versions of studio tracks including “Endless Vacation”, alternate mixes of tracks like “Sometimes”, and live tracks including The Who cuts “Real Me”, “Long Live Rock” and an epic version of “Young Man Blues”. The latest preview track to be released is the Who cut “Had Enough.”

Listen to “Had Enough” here: push.fm/ps/hadenough

Rarities Oxhumed – Volume One was quickly embraced by longtime fans as it featured gems like “Bogey Man” featuring Keith Moon, “Where You Going Now” (demo for the Who), and a raw live version of “Trick of the Light” recorded during the John Entwistle Band’s final tour in 2001. Deko Entertainment is thrilled to have been able to bring both volumes of this unearthed music of John Entwistle to the fans and forever solidify him as one of the greatest rock musicians ever.

For more information, visit online at dekoentertainment.com/john-entwistle

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

I am sure many of you are very familiar with Mark Egan as we have been following him and his music for many years now. The last time we chatted was in 2020.

Mark teamed up with drummer Shawn Pelton and guitarist Shane Theriot to produce a new album, “Cross Currents” released on March 8th, 2024. I have been listening to this album in its entirety and it is simply superb (See my review).

Now, I am excited to hear about this project from Mark himself and share this conversation with our bass community in Bass Musician Magazine.

Photo courtesy of Mark Egan

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markegan.com
markegan.bandcamp.com
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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB…

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB – Hearing protection has always been front and center on my mind because I love music so much, I cannot imagine my life if I were unable to hear.

You might remember back in 2021, we had a good look at the Minuendo Lossless Earplugs featuring adjustable protection. This system has a lot of very good features but there was always the question of how much sound attenuation to choose.

Now, the great folks at Minuendo have come up with a new version of their earplugs that has a set 17dB noise reduction. You still get a lot of the great features of the adjustables but you just don’t have to think about the specific sound level. In addition, this new version of earplugs comes at a very attractive price point.

For more information, visit online at Minuendo.com

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

I was intrigued when The Bastard Instrument showed up on my desk… let’s dig in!

When we dive into the history of our beloved instrument, the bass, we find roots that go back as far as the 15th century. This instrument was a member of the violin family and was for the longest time, an acoustic instrument. As the years passed and music changed, there was a need for the instrument to evolve and the electric bass was born.

Comparatively, the electric bass is a relatively new instrument with its earliest appearances dating back to the 1930s and it is exciting to be an electric bass player while this history unfolds around us. Fortunately for us and future generations to come, Professor Brian F. Wright has taken on the herculean task of documenting the trajectory of the electric bass with this excellent book.

The Bastard Instrument presents an extraordinary amount of fine details about the instrument itself, the development of the amplification to handle its output, the pioneers that dared play it, the rapidly evolving music that flourished because of its presence and so much more. 

When I first started reading this book, I noticed that it felt a tad academic, like a textbook (it might be one someday) or a doctoral thesis, but to present all this information accurately, this approach is more than appropriate. Another detail that might be a bit of a spoiler is that the book only gets us up to the late ’60s. I was left wanting more as we know that so much has happened in the bass world since that time frame; I hope there is another volume in the works to get us up to the present!

All in all, “The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass” is a must-read for all of us who play electric bass and understand its essential place in music.

I found that there was a lot that I already knew but also quite a bit that I was unaware of. I believe that to know and understand where you are, you must know the history of exactly how you got here.

Highly recommended.

The Bastard Instrument is available at Amazon.com (beginning July 2024)

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This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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

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