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Gift List for Bassists

by Justin Reamer
Take your bass playing to new lows with any (or all!) of these fantastic instruments and accessories:
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Musical Instruments

Dean Upright Electric Pace Bass Dean Upright Electric Pace Bass - $539.99
This futuristic looking bass is perfect for a gigging jazz musician. This model gives you the feel of an upright bass with the great electronics of a Dean instrument.

Bass Amplifiers

Laney RB6 165-Watt Richter Bass Amp Laney RB6 165-Watt Richter Bass Amp - $499.00
Now we're getting into serious power and performance territory. The RB6 can deliver 165 watt of floor shaking bass from its precision tweaked power amp stage. Connect a RB115 or RB410 to really get the neighbors complaining. Check out its versatile EQ section (Bass, Twin parametric EQ, Treble and Enhance) controls to dial in any tone you like.
Pignose Hog 30-Watt Portable Bass Amp Pignose Hog 30-Watt Portable Bass Amp - $199.99
This unique looking amp will turn heads for its look as much as its sound. This 30 Watt amp is the perfect practice and backstage amp. It's got a clean, punchy sound and is louder than it looks.
Rockman Bass Ace Headphone Amp Rockman Bass Ace Headphone Amp - $96.99
The Rockman Ace line lets you hear your instrument's dynamic range and clarity without driving your family crazy. This high-quality, low-priced headphone amps offer built in compression, volume control and auxiliary stereo input/output.

Bass Effects

Dunlop Crybaby 105Q Ultimate Bass Wah Pedal Dunlop Crybaby 105Q Ultimate Bass Wah Pedal - $129.99
This is the original wah-wah pedal used to create the sound of classic rock and roll. The Dunlop Crybaby provides that vintage wah sound that is simply incomparable.

Bass Accessories

Qwik Time QT-5 Credit Card Metronome Qwik Time QT-5 Credit Card Metronome - $13.95
This affordable metronome is small enough to fit in your pocket. Keep perfect time no matter where you are!
MBT Hardshell Bass Guitar Case MBT Hardshell Bass Guitar Case - $106.99
This hardshell case protects just as well as the MBT's Tweed model, just without the cool vintage look.
Planet Waves Bass Prowinder Stringwinder Planet Waves Bass Prowinder Stringwinder - $15.99
Take the pain out of changing your strings! Un-string and re-string your bass quickly and effectively with this stringwinder from Planet Waves.
D'Addario 4-String Acoustic Bass Strings D'Addario 4-String Acoustic Bass Strings - $28.99
These acoustic bass strings will give you that clear, bright sound that D'Addario is known for.
Dean Markley Blue Steel Stainless Steel 5-String Bass Strings Dean Markley Blue Steel Stainless Steel 5-String Bass Strings - $35.99
For you 5-stringers out there, check out these Steel Strings from Dean Markley. Comes in several gauges to suit your style.

Bass Instructional Books and Videos

Building Walking Bass Lines Building Walking Bass Lines - $19.99
Although walking bass lines are most commonly associated with jazz, they can be used in rock, blues, rockabilly, R&B, gospel, Latin, country and more. The goal of this book is to familiarize players with the techniques used to build walking bass lines. Through the use of 90-minutes' worth of recorded rhythm tracks, players will have the opportunity to put the new learning directly into action.
Play Bass Today! Beginner's Pack Play Bass Today! Beginner's Pack - $19.95
The book, CD and DVD pack is the ultimate self-teaching method designed to offer quality instruction. CD comes with 99 full-demo tracks, and the DVD offers more great advice to help beginners master the basics. This pack teaches: songs, riffs, scales, all musical styles, playing tips, techniques and more. Includes standard notation and tablature.
101 Bass Tips 101 Bass Tips - $16.95
Ready to take your playing to the next level? Renowned bassist Gary Willis presents valuable how-to insight that bassists of all styles and levels can benefit from. The book, photos, music, diagrams and accompanying 64-track CD provide a terrific, easy-to-use resource for a variety of topics, including: techniques, improvising and soloing, equipment, practicing, ear training, performance, theory, and much more.
Beginning Funk Bass Beginning Funk Bass - $14.95
On this DVD, Abe Laboriel (renowned for playing with Herb Albert, George Benson, Quincy Jones and others) presents 40 minutes of solid funk bass. He demonstrates thumping, slapping, snapping and popping. This DVD is not just for the beginner. Abe performs right-hand technique, funk rhythm, playing with a drummer, pentatonic scales, triads and more. This insightful DVD presents an essential foundation needed by every funk bass player. Includes a lesson book.
Accelerate Your Bass Playing Accelerate Your Bass Playing - $24.95
The DVD will help take your playing to the next level. Professor Anthony Vitti shares his proven method for improving the fundamental skills required to freely express yourself on the bass in many musical styles. Topics covered include: fingering exercises, interval and ear training, funk/R&B techniques, and rhythm studies. A clear and detailed instruction is given both onscreen and in the accompanying 80-page booklet.
Metallica - Riff by Riff Metallica - Riff by Riff - $19.95
Having trouble figuring out the bass line from 'Enter Sandman?' Well, look no further! This book is a complete, thorough analysis of the music of Metallica including notes on the band, a time line history, performance notes, photos, and equipment setup. This Bass Riff by Riff edition examines essentially every bass part in the music - using the actual music as played on the recording.
Flea Flea - $19.95
Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea might be the most well known and respected rock bassist of our time. This innovative funk master of the Red Hot Chili Peppers presents an introspective and live performance improvisation with Peppers' drummer Chad Smith in this DVD hosted by River Phoenix. Flea discusses the theories, philosophies, styles, sounds and techniques he uses when performing in the style he's famous for: slapping, plucking, thumping and popping, and bringing together rock, funk, punk, jazz and Latin like no one else.
Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius - $39.95
The late master demonstrates the techniques that made him the most influential electric bassist of all time. Jaco explains his right- and left-hand technique, harmonics, finger exercises and more. Includes several solos as well as performances.

Justin Reamer loves to play guitar and write about music, as both activities afford him the ability to wake up at noon, play with his cat for an hour, and then (and only then) get to work.
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