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  • Five Tips and Tricks for Power Trio Bassists

    8 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    Power Trio Bassist

    The three-piece band or power trio is a staple of rock and roll. Bands like the Police, Rush, Nirvana, and Green Day have gone down in history as three-man musical powerhouses. While a lot of talent is required to make this band format work- as with any other format- a power trio comes with its own set of unique challenges. The biggest one is: How to fill out the sound with only three musicians? Sure, it sounds fine when everyone is chugging along at full throttle, but if the guitarist takes a solo suddenly there is a big old gap in the midrange where the rhythm guitar should be. This is an age-old symptom of the power trio, leaving many bassists to wonder what they can do to make it sound less empty.

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  • Using the Contour Knob to Dial in Your Bass Tone

    6 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    Bass Amp with Contour Knob

    In addition to your amplifier’s standard EQ controls, a contour knob, like the one found on many Carvin Audio bass amplifier heads, can further help you find a bass tone that sits perfectly in your band’s mix. While the function and engineering of each given contour knob may vary, the general purpose is to provide an extra tool for tone shaping the midrange frequencies and providing a classic “scooped mids” sound.

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  • Getting a Good Guitar Tone in the Studio Part 2: Setting Up Your Guitar at Home

    3 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    Setting Up A Guitar

    Going into the studio can be an exciting endeavor, whether you are recording your own music or doing session work. To make sure your recording session goes as smoothly as possible, it’s important to take some time beforehand to make sure your guitar is working properly and ready to lay down tracks the minute you set foot in the studio.

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  • Getting a Good Guitar Tone in the Studio, Part 1: Choosing an Amplifier

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    V3M Recording Guitar Tracks in the Studio

    Getting a good guitar tone in the studio can be a different beast than dialing in your tone in a live setting. While some guitarists use the same amp setup for the studio and stage without issue, some prefer to switch it up and record with different gear.

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  • What’s the Difference Between Speaker Cables and Guitar Cables? Why Does it Matter?

    17 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    Guitar Cable

    Somewhere along the line somebody probably told you “Don’t ever use guitar cables for speakers and vice versa!” If not you will be glad you noticed this article because it might save you some trouble down the road. What seems confusing is that from outward appearances the two cables can look much the same, if not identical. The plugs are interchangeable in most cases as well. So let’s take a look at why they are different, what they are optimized for, and why they don’t make good substitutions for one another.

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