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?


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.


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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Coming up with the best Fender Bass years is a tall task, especially when you consider all the years Fender produced great basses. I decided to concentrate on the vintage years between the 50's and 70's even though there are many awesome years after that and up to today.

It would be almost impossible to play a vintage Fender from every year and of course any given bass could be amazing or not so good from the same year.

I therefore put the main criteria on the significance of that bass in Fender's history, on the great players that used them, and the overall reputation of that years quality.

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