Seymour Duncan Unveils NYC Bass Pickups

Seymour Duncan Unveils NYC Bass Pickups

Press Release Santa Barbara, CA (July 10, 2014) — Like the soapbar pickups found in some of the world’s finest handcrafted basses, the NYC uses the same dual coil J-type pickup design with a double row of exposed Alnico pole pieces. The four conductor cable allows for three wiring modes which provide a wide variety of tonal options: Wire the pickup in parallel mode for a slightly thickened, hum-canceling single coil sound. Wire it in series mode for high output with maximum punch and fullness. Or wire it in single coil mode for true vintage Jazz Bass sound. The Alnico 2 rod pole pieces provide a punchy and focused tone with a natural and smooth upper midrange. Compared to an active soapbar, the tone is warmer and more organic. The NYC design provides a more even volume with... [Read more]

Bob Dylan Lyrics Set Auction Record

Bob Dylan Lyrics Set Auction Record

Bob Dylan’s handwritten draft for “Like a Rolling Stone” was recently sold at auction by Sotheby’s for a record-setting $2 million. This topped the previous record set in 2010 when John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “A Day in the Life” sold for $1.2 million. Dylan’s lyrics were written on stationery from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington. According to Sotheby’s, the lyrics were put up for auction by a man identified only as a fan from California “who met his hero in a non-rock context and bought [the lyrics] directly from Dylan.” Lyrics to another Dylan classic, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” sold for $485,000, according to Reuters, at Sotheby’s first dedicated music history sale in more than a decade.    Read More →

Korg Has a New Vibe!

Korg Has a New Vibe!

  Korg recently announced the launch of a modernized classic… the Nu-Vibe — an updated take on the vintage classic. You know the one… This contemporary classic was designed with the help of the original engineer who created the beloved Japanese made modulation-type effect unit that made a blazing debut at the Woodstock festival. The inimitable sound of this distinctive modulation effect has captivated numerous guitarists and audiences. Because only a very small number of the original units exist, and the circuit itself was not accurately understood and its components were difficult to obtain, it was rare for anyone today to have the opportunity to try out the unit that produced these famous sounds. These factors elevated the original to a semi-divine status. Over the years,... [Read more]

Early George Harrison Guitar To Be Auctioned

Early George Harrison Guitar To Be Auctioned

Early George Harrison Guitar To Be Auctioned  A black-and-white 1962 Rickenbacker 425 guitar played by George Harrison on British television before the Beatles’ US invasion is headed to the auction block. The instrument is estimated to bring between $400,000 and $600,000 and will be sold by Julien’s Auctions on May 16-17 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Harrison played the guitar during the Beatles’ 1963 appearances on British TV shows “Ready Steady Go!” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars” prior to the group’s US performances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in February 1964, launching Beatlemania and the British Invasion of rock bands. The instrument was originally purchased in Mount Vernon, Illinois in 1963. Harrison later painted the guitar white and black to match... [Read more]

First 3 Led Zeppelin Albums Newly Remastered

First 3 Led Zeppelin Albums Newly Remastered

First Three Led Zeppelin Albums Newly Remastered By Jimmy Page, Each With An Additional Disc Of Previously Unreleased Companion Audio Multiple CD, Vinyl, And Digital Formats, Including Limited Edition Super Deluxe Boxed Set, Available June 3 John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant came together in 1968 as Led Zeppelin. Over the next decade, the band would become one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, selling more than 300 million albums worldwide. Their songs are some of the most celebrated in rock ‘n’ roll history that, to this day, resonate with fans young and old around the globe. Still, no matter how many times you may have listened to their music, you’ve never heard Led Zeppelin like this before. With the June 3 release... [Read more]

Rolling Stones Gear Book Giveaway!

Rolling Stones Gear Book Giveaway!

Gbase is having a contest on Facebook and giving away several copies of the awesome new book Rolling Stones Gear by Andy Babiuk and Greg Prevost! Rolling Stones Gear is the first book to historically document all of The Rolling Stones’ musical gear on their way to superstardom. Rolling Stones Gear not only covers the group’s personal background, but also every tour and studio session from their inception in 1962 to date, with detailed descriptions what instruments and equipment were used during these periods. Every song recorded by the band, including demos and outtakes are documented, with input from within the Stones’ ranks as well as from people who were involved with the band. Author Andy Babiuk was given exclusive access to The Rolling Stone’s musical equipment, and he has... [Read more]

New York Guitar Show and Expo Returns

New York Guitar Show and Expo Returns

The New York Guitar Show and Expo returns for its 3rd consecutive year this April. The show continues to gain steam and make a name for itself with more than 60 vendors, thousands of guitars and 10,000 square-feet of expo space at the Freeport Recreation Center in Freeport, Long Island. Guitar afficiandos and gear heads can expect to find some of the country’s best dealers and shops at the two day event which kicks off at 9:30 am on April 26th. Gbase.com sat down with Rich Johnson, the expo’s founder and promoter, and got a sneak peak at what’s in store for audiences this year. Gbase:  The 3rd Annual New York Guitar Show and Expo is quickly approaching. What can guitar aficionados expect at this year’s event? RJ:  As usual fans can expect a tight and well run,... [Read more]

Jimi Hendrix Postage Stamp

Jimi Hendrix Postage Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring the great Jimi Hendrix with a limited edition postage stamp that was released as part of its Music Icons series. Rudy Guttierez created original art for the stamp and the stamp sheet. Art director Greg Breeding was the designer. The artist created the selvage and stamp art with acrylic paint and colored pencils. His choice of colors and designs introduced elements of movement and rhythm with an almost musical flow, paying homage to the 1960s without directly imitating the era’s art. The stamp sheet, designed to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve, features a painting of Hendrix’s face surrounded by colorful swirls and small icons that reference song lyrics or aspects of Hendrix’s life. The stamp art shows Hendrix in performance. The sixteen... [Read more]

WANTED: Vintage D’Angelico String Packaging!

WANTED: Vintage D’Angelico String Packaging!

D’Addario is searching for the original packaging from a vintage set of D’Angelico electric guitar strings! As the image indicates, there are some specific details that identify the exact set they are looking for. • Must have the vintage D’Angelico logo as shown in the photo, but without the D’Merle logo • Must include the original vinyl pouch • Must be an electric set, but no particular string gauge is required and they can be either round wound or flat wound • There is no label card for this set, as the info was stamped on the E/1st string front envelope If you think you’ve found one of these most elusive string sets, please email don.dawson2@daddario.com with an image or the details and you might just claim a $100 reward, along with 10 sets of D’Addario NYXL strings... [Read more]

TailPeace Dsignz Snake, Steer, Skull & Cross!

TailPeace Dsignz Snake, Steer, Skull & Cross!

  Cool gear alert!!! TailPeace Dsignz has introduced four unique custom-made designs which instantly retrofit a traditional stop-bar tailpiece. The Snake, Steer, Skull, and Cross are each constructed from lightweight die-cast aluminum for enhanced sustain. They mount easily on the tailpiece studs without modification and without ever touching the surface of your guitar. It’s a cool way to dress up your axe! TailPeace Dsignz are made in the USA. Each design is available in a choice of chrome, nickel, black or gold. Prices range from $79.95 to $99.95.     For more info: www.TailPeace.com  Read More →