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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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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.

Fender Rumble Amp Review2

I recently picked up a Fender Rumble Bass Amp I thought I would be a good idea to write a review about it. To be totally honest, I had never been a big fan of the Rumble series amps in the past. I always thought they sounded kind of sterile and didn’t look that great either. However while browsing through the music store awhile back I noticed that Fender had a new series of Rumble amps and it immediately caught my eye.

Fender offers several different models with a wide range of sizes and power to choose from. I was looking for a good sounding practice amp that I could use on small jams, so I opted for the Fender Rumble 40. It has 40 watts running through a 10” speaker with 2 front mounted ports.

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