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Buying a bass player a gift can be a tricky thing. The first thing to consider is the level of the player. Buying a gift for a beginner is the most straightforward because you most likely will be looking at budget basses and accessories. For more experienced players it can get a little more involved but I put together some bass gift ideas that hopefully will help.

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There are so many flatwound string brands available now that it can be a little overwhelming. In general all flatwounds will give you a warmer, more mellow tone than roundwounds but there are differences with each brand.

Although the basic design for flats is the same, there are several small differences in the construction of the string that can have a large impact on the tone and feel of each flatwound string set.

While roundwound strings are still by far the most popular bass strings, flatwounds have seen a huge resurgence in popularity within the last 10 years. As a consequence there are now many more choices for flats than ever before.

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Which is the better bass string for you, flatwounds or roundwounds? For the last few years there's been a shift in the bass world with many players switching from the more popular roundwound strings back to the old school flatwounds.

So whats the difference between these two types of bass strings?

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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.

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There's so much myth and mystery around the brilliant Motown bassist James Jamerson that it's sometimes hard to know who he really was. Thankfully though we have his amazing basslines to listen to, and for many bass players these recordings are a sort of sacred archive, the beginnings of modern bass playing and the creative output of a musical genius.

Before Jamerson almost all bassists would just play a simple root-fifth pattern or walking line. The bass player was basically there to keep time and outline the melody, and usually nothing more. James Jamerson changed all that and he did over a relative short period while working for Motown Records.

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