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Interview with Dweezil Zappa

Live at #GearFest 2017: Mitch Gallagher interviews Dweezil Zappa!

Interview with St. Vincent

Her self-titled album won a 2015 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. Her music has been described as "bold and almost jarringly confident." In 2016, she worked with Ernie Ball to design a signature series of... Read more »

Make Music Day 2017

#MakeMusicDay is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now on the summer solstice every year in more than 750 cities in 120 countries... Read more »

A First Timer’s Guide to GearFest

GearFest 2017 has almost arrived (register here for FREE)! In a matter of weeks, more than 14,000 music fans will descend on the Sweetwater campus for two full days of workshops, performances, product demos — and of... Read more »

12 Father’s Day Gifts for Musicians

Ties and cologne are sock drawer fodder. Grilling tools? He's got every flipper, scraper, slicer, and nipper he'll ever need. Finding the perfect Father's Day gift can be hard — unless your dad is a musician. Then... Read more »

Sweetwater Interviews Michael League of Snarky Puppy

In the midst of a world tour, Michael League from Snarky Puppy took some time to visit Sweetwater and join Mitch Gallagher for this interview. Find out how a world tour is even possible with dozens of performers... Read more »

Boss Introduces MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher

Ready for a new concept in pedalboard switching and control, one that maximizes creative options for guitarists and bassists? Then you're ready for the new Boss MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher! The MS-3 combines two... Read more »

Interview with Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet, guitarist for Stryper, visited Sweetwater to hold a workshop on his signature ISP Technologies Theta Pro guitar processor. From rich cleans to the highest gains, the Michael Sweet Theta Pro DSP has... Read more »

Guitar Repair Shop: Fixing Michael Sweet’s Signature Guitar

Sweetwater's in-house Guitar Repair Shop services more than 40 instruments every week. When you're dealing with that kind of volume, you never know who the next customer is going to be, or what they are going to ask... Read more »

Best Bass Rigs Under $1,000

Some bassists tour the world using mammoth-sized rigs with split signals, while others want nothing more than to plug right into their favorite amp, grab a pick, and let loose. But no matter what type of bassist you... Read more »

Paul Gray: The Man Behind the Mask

Seven years ago today, extreme metal music lost one of its most radiant beacons - Paul Gray of Slipknot. In tribute to Paul's indelible legacy and legend, we're going to look at a side of the man that was rarely... Read more »

Why Buy Your Guitar From Sweetwater?

See how Sweetwater goes to great lengths to give you the very best online guitar buying experience. From our online Guitar Gallery that allows you to see and select the exact instrument you want to our 55-point... Read more »

Remembering Chris Cornell

In September 1989, I was in LA as a panelist at the sold-out Concrete Foundations Forum — an annual event and the world's first exclusively heavy metal industry convention. On the evening of September 23, one of the... Read more »

Fender American Professional Jazz Bass Demo

Mitch Gallagher presents the Fender American Professional Jazz Bass, with help from Sweetwater Sales Engineer Andy Rice. Not many bass guitar designs have found wider favor around the world than the Fender Jazz... Read more »

Free Stem Mastering Seminar with Mike Wells

Dangerous Music and Sweetwater are proud to present a unique opportunity to learn stem mastering from a pro! The event will be streaming live on May 13, 2017, at 2pm EDT, free of charge. (A free Puremix membership... Read more »

13 Best Effects Pedals for Bass Guitar

Bass effects pedals have played an important role on many of our favorite rock and metal cuts — from Cliff Burton's curiously guitarish "For Whom the Bell Tolls" intro to Flea's slap-and-pop cascading wah solo in... Read more »

Behind the Brand: JHS Pedals

Sweetwater proudly represents hundreds of the music industry's top brands. Sometimes it's easy to forget that every brand is powered by people who share our passion for music. These are people worth knowing. People... Read more »

How to Set Up a Bass

To set up your bass guitar, you have to think big: big sound, big tone, big volume. This also means big sound waves and big string vibrations. With this in mind, you have to approach your setup in a way that... Read more »

Get Your Free Copy of Band:Smart

Want to know everything about everything related to bands and making it in the music business? Then you must check out Martin Atkins' acclaimed Band:Smart book — and we've got it for you completely FREE of... Read more »

Jimmy Haslip Interviewed by Sweetwater

Mitch Gallagher sits down with acclaimed bassist and producer Jimmy Haslip, founding former member of the jazz fusion group the Yellowjackets. Haslip was recording a project at Sweetwater Studios, and was kind... Read more »

New CITES Regulation Impacts International Import/Export of Rosewood Instruments

On January 2nd, 2017, a new regulation came into effect that requires official documentation — and in a lot of cases, fees — when shipping rosewood (and certain types of bubinga, too) in or out of the country. Why... Read more »

Ampeg Classic Analog Bass Preamp Pedal Demo

Dino Monoxelos from Ampeg presents the Classic Analog Bass Preamp pedal. Use the 3-band tone stack to explore a wide range of bass tones for any genre. Add extra high-end definition or low-end weight with the... Read more »

Ampeg Scrambler Bass Overdrive Pedal Demo

Dino Monoxelos from Ampeg presents the Scrambler Bass Overdrive pedal. The sound ranges from extremely subtle harmonic enhancement to screaming overdrive. Dial in some treble to help your tone cut through, then... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Vocalist’s Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians. Entitled The Vocalist's Guide to Recording, Rehearsing, and Performing: Care and Maintenance for Singers in Every Genre, this guide is... Read more »