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The Rattler is an extremely flexible distortion pedal that can go from a modest amount of grit, all the way to fire-breathing distortion, while still maintaining the original character of the Rat. 
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In the beginning of electric bass, there was no aftermarket pickup industry. You were essentially stuck with what came with your bass from the OEM, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing since the tones from the 50s and 60s are amazing...But you were out of luck if you wanted something different for your bass.
Originally called the “Deluxe Model”, the J Bass came out 9 years after the original Precision Bass in 1960 as Fender’s attempt to capitalize on the success and widespread adoption of the electric bass. Compared to the P Bass, the J Bass was designed to be more ergonomic and provide additional tonal possibilities with its two pickups. Somewhat ironically, most jazz players remained true to their acoustic basses in the early 60s, but the J Bass...
The sound was now both clear and defined while also retaining warmth, evenness, and just an overall pleasing sound from top to bottom. Nothing was overly emphasized or out of place.
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A vintage Jazz Bass is what dreams are made of. It growls, it cuts, it slaps, and it does all the things that we dream a J Bass would do. 

The 70-year-old P bass can cover a lot of tonal territory, that is, with the right pickups. In this article, we’ll give you an overview of some of the best Precision Bass pickups you have available in 2024...

In 1957, Fender introduced the first mass-production split-coil hum-canceling pickup in the Precision Bass. And ever since, hum-canceling bass pickups have been a staple in the industry. Before that, the electric bass hummed...Why? 

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The choice between active and passive bass pickups has sparked a perpetual debate among bass players. However, the decision between the two isn't...

Yes, the Darkglass Alpha-Omega is amazing at getting aggressive scooped metal tones since that was one of its original design goals. But, it CAN do much more...
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Ever looked at your bass and thought, "I love you, but is there a way to make you sound way better?" 

You’re not alone.

As an electric instrument, a bass relies on its pickups to transform its string vibrations into electrical currents that can then be amplified to create the sounds that we all love. 

There’s one thing that any seasoned musician knows to be true about playing live gigs. "If something can go wrong, then it will go wrong, right before your gig starts."


That’s why most musicians who have been at it for some time will always carry a few extra items when they play out. 

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What happens if you want access to tones that are not simply possible to achieve with your bass >cable>amp setup? What you need are bass effects pedals. While similar in concept to their six-string counterparts, bass pedals are engineered to handle the lower frequency range and dynamics of the bass guitar. 

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