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Fender Kingman SCE Acoustic/Electric 4-String Bass Review

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Have you always been looking for just the right acoustic/electric bass?

Have you always played electric at the acoustic shows and not sure if an acoustic/electric bass would be the right fit? All I can say is look no further than the Fender Kingman SCE Acoustic/Electric 4-string Bass.

So, as usual, when I do a review, I test it “in the field” on a few gigs, as well as a little bit of recording. I had a gig coming up with a couple acoustic/electric guitars, piano, and percussion, so I thought, why not try the Fender Kingman SCE. The tone is ear candy, amplified or not. I always like getting feedback from others, but it was offered before I could ask. Quite a few people right off the bat stated, “You need to keep that one!” Well, that was my thoughts exactly.

As you know, I don’t tend to try and get too technical in my reviews, instead I review from the point of view of a player…

Does it play well, who will it work for, and other stuff like that. I haven’t been this excited about a full-bodied acoustic/electric bass like this in quite some time. The neck feels great, and if you like a jazz profile neck, and really who doesn’t, this is another plus. Personally, the Fender Kingman SCE, with the exception of having an acoustic body of course, feels like an electric bass from a playing standpoint. To clarify, it doesn’t feel bulky in the sense of the way most acoustic basses feel.

The dreadnaught shaped body consists of laminated mahogany for the back and sides with a solid spruce top, with the rosette around the sound hole being checkerboard and the bracing is scalloped X, which provides excellent stability and a more balanced voice.

The 34” scale neck is maple with a “C” shape jazz profile, finished off with a 20 fret Walnut fingerboard, complete with block inlays and a Fender jazz bass headstock. The body and neck both have a beautiful gloss finish. The bridge is comprised of Walnut with a compensated bone saddle, with the nut also being bone material. The tuners are chrome, vintage style. Strings are .045 – .100 Fender Phosphor Bronze. It also comes standard with a hard-shell case.

Check out the Fender Kingman SCE Acoustic/Electric 4-string Bass online or at a Fender music retailer near you!

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Working-Class Zeros: Episode #3 – John Patitucci IG Video, The Summer Festival Gig, iPads on Stage

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WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

In this episode we cover John Patitucci’s IG video about saying ‘no’ to the gig, the Summer Festival gig, and iPads on stage (sure it’s awesome but is it necessary?)

These stories from the front are with real-life, day-to-day musicians who deal with work life and gigging and how they make it work out. Each month, topics may include… the kind of gigs you get, the money, dealing with less-than-ideal rooms, as well as the gear you need to get the job done… and the list goes on from there.” – Steve the Bass Guy and Shawn Cav

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Interview With Bassist Curly Hendo

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Interview Wity Bassist Curly Hendo

Bassist Curly Hendo…

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, bassist Curly Hendo has been super busy. Starting with dance from a young age, Curly took up bass shortly after and has been going strong ever since. She has collaborated with numerous acts worldwide and is an in-demand session/touring bassist and musical director.

Join me as we learn about Curly’s musical journey, how she gets her sound, and her plans for a very bright future.

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New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers

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New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers

New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers…

Aguilar Amplification is excited to unveil the next generation of Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers. These amplifiers are designed to meet the exacting standards of today’s bassists, enhancing their musical expression through in-demand features and fresh new designs.

The latest innovations in the Tone Hammer and AG series include the introduction of the Aguilar Cabinet Suite, dual XLR outputs, expanded connectivity options, and power section upgrades. These features not only provide superior sound quality and flexibility but also maintain the classic Aguilar performance that musicians have relied upon.

Key features of the next-generation amplifiers:

Aguilar Cabinet Suite: This new software allows players to load Aguilar ’s custom-designed SL/DB cabinet impulse responses (IRs), or their own custom IR files. This feature is available through both XLR and headphone outputs, offering new tone shaping and cabinet emulation options.
 
Dual XLR Outputs & Expanded Connectivity: Musicians can now tailor their tone and utilize cabinet IRs for their monitor mix, while also sending a pre-EQ ’d signal directly to the front-of-house. This dual functionality ensures optimal sound for both the artist and front-of-house. The new amplifiers include auxiliary input and headphone output options for silent practice. They also feature mix controls to fine-tune the listening experience, ideal for both practice and performance.

Upgraded Power Sections: Previously exclusive to Aguilar’s 700-series, the upgraded power sections in the Tone Hammer and AG 500 now support a 2.67 ohm load and include universal mains. These enhancements make the amplifiers perfect for international touring, offering seamless voltage adaptation.

“The new Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers are a testament to Aguilar ’s commitment to world class sound and performance, providing bassists with the tools they need to define their sound on the global stage,” remarks Jordan Cortese, Brand Manager, Aguilar Musical Instruments.

The next-generation Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers are available for purchase through www.aguilaramp.com and Aguilar’s extensive dealer network worldwide. For more information about the new amplifiers and other Aguilar products, please visit www.aguilaramp.com.

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Artist Update With Bassist Derek Frank

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Artist Update With Bassist Derek Frank

Bassist Derek Frank…

Many of you will remember the last time I chatted with Derek Frank was back in 2017. The main thing that impressed me was how busy Derek was and how he juggled playing with many huge acts.

Now, I am happy to hear that Derek launched a new album last March titled “Origin Story” where he digs deep into his roots and pays homage to Pittsburg.

Join me as we get caught up after all these years and hear the details about the new album, how Derek gets his sound, and his plans for the future.

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String Instrument Humidifiers

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String Instrument Humidifiers

String Instrument Humidifiers

After living in some very humid parts of the country for decades, we moved to a dryer, much sunnier location. As a result, I started noticing some fret sprout on my string instruments and recently did a video on fret sprout correction.

It occurred to me that I should take a more preventative approach to string instrument humidification. Of course, I turned to my instrument maintenance experts, Music Nomad Equipment Care, for a solution and they suggested their Humitar series. (Note: They sent two press samples and I purchased the remainder online.)

Join me as I look at these useful tools for keeping my string instruments in tip-top condition.

The Humitar series is available online at Music Nomad Equipment Care, as well as Amazon.com

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