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Bass News

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 »

Disc Makers Releases Free Home Studio Handbook

Our friends at Disc Makers have published their latest free guide: The Home Studio Handbook! Aimed at anyone interesting in home recording, this guide provides information on everything you need to know about... Read more »

Editors’ Picks: Coolest New Gear of 2017… So Far

Here at Sweetwater we constantly scan the horizon looking for new and innovative products or vintage products come back to life. We look for awesome new gear that excites us — gear that we know our customers... Read more »

Loopers, Delays and Groundhogs

Okay campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties, 'cause it's cooooooold out there. It's Groundhog Day, and we're celebrating with a look at the delays and loopers that'll keep your licks repeating over... Read more »

Sweetwater’s Winter NAMM 2017 Report

The annual Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show in Anaheim, California is here — and Sweetwater is on the scene! Check out our comprehensive online trade show report here at... Read more »

Trace Elliot ELF Bass Amp Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Trace Elliot ELF bass amplifier. How'd you like to hold 200 watts in the palm of your hand? With the Trace Elliot ELF micro bass head you can. Achieve great bass tones with ease, thanks... Read more »

Coming Soon: NAMM 2017

The annual Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show in Anaheim, California, will open its doors at 10am PST on Thursday, January 19 — and Sweetwater will be there! Tune in at 10 to view... Read more »

Disc Makers offers Music Release 101 Course

Looking to release your own music to your fans? Like to maybe sell some copies or get some notice? Then you need this new FREE 5-day e-mail course from our friends at Disc Makers! Just sign up — did we mention... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2017 Sneak Preview!

The big annual Winter NAMM trade show is just around the corner, and we're expecting an amazing array of new product introductions at this year's show! But why wait until the show opens to start learning about... Read more »

Gallien-Krueger PLEX 4-band Active Preamp Pedal Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFH3lDWPPCw Bassist Trip Wamsley presents the Gallien-Krueger PLEX Preamp pedeal, a 4-band active preamp/EQ pedal for bass. Smooth out your sound using the PLEX's built-in compressor... Read more »