Ever since solid state amplifiers emerged in the 1960's the debate has raged over which is better for bass, tube amps or solid state amps?

For us bass players the choice isn't quite as volatile as it is for guitar players, many of whom would rather drink poison than play through a solid state amp. Still, there are those bassists that swear by that natural warm, fat tone that a tube amp delivers.

So the question is, what's the difference between them and what's best for you? Oh yeah....there's also a third option.


In the bass community we often hear the phrase "less is more". This annoys some people to no end, they reason that less is less and more is more.

Of course they're missing the point, which is why I propose the "less is better" substitute.

In most cases when it comes to bass playing, less is better. I say most cases because there are times when you do need a little bit more in the bass line, but for most situations the less is better policy works very well.


Fender introduced the short scale Mustang Bass in 1966. The original concept was to offer a smaller scale instrument for students and young bassists of shorter stature. However it gained popularity amoung many pro bassists.

The Fender Mustang Bass was the last bass Leo Fender designed before he sold the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company in 1965 to CBS.


Most bass players have heard of compressors but not many really know what they do.

They come in several different forms but all serve the same basic function.

Whether it's a cheap stomp-box compressor or a fancy high-end rack mounted version the idea is essentially the same: to compress your bass signal's dynamic range.

The question is, why would you want to do that?


Yet another hotly debated bass topic out there....is there a difference in tone between a maple and rosewood fingerboard?

Some bassists swear that maple boards sound brighter and more aggressive than rosewood, which tends to have a darker, more mellow tone they claim.

Being that I've owned both rosewood and maple board basses I thought I'd give my two cents worth on the subject.

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