Bass covers seem to be a bigger deal lately, especially on YouTube.
Our piece on some of the best bass YouTube channels would serve to confirm these suspicions. I would have to add Anna Sentina to that mix as well. Thus, while pulling this piece together, I had to discipline myself to avoid too much bass content, since we are (after all) a guitar website.
We've also noticed a swelling of independent luthiers and guitar builders making their way onto the Twitter and broader social media realm. This is the age we live in, where anyone who is truly good at what they do can make a name for themselves.
Us the Duo (who are featured in the cover section) also happen to be a great example of this.
Here are a few quick hits of what we'll highlight:
- Bass covers
- Luthier's building Ukulele's with Dimarzio pickups
- New gear from PRS
- The MTV cribs equivalent of Tosin Abasi's home rig
All that and more in this edition of the GC Reading List's fourth installment.
- Luthier Meredith Coloma does fantastic work: Meredith Coloma, a Vancouver BC resident, builds some awesome instruments, including a Ukulele with a Dimarzio pickup built in at the neck position. Good stuff. Check out her Instagram as well.
- PRS's new Core and S2 series lineup: An article via Guitar World that showcases a few of PRS's electric guitar releases for 2017.
Image via Guitar World
- Free Tabs for TrueFire's rock rhythm course: TrueFire lets you access all of the printed content for this course, totally free, with some limited video accompaniment. The full course is available for purchase. Great resource for rock guitar slingers.
Pedals and Gear
- Strymon's take on effects pedal order and proper chaining sequence: The boutique pedal manufacturer provides some fantastic graphics and explanations on how to order your guitar pedals.
- Tosin Abasi's home setup is awesome: Guitar Center goes all "MTV Cribs" on us providing a fascinating look at Tosin Abasi's guitar rig that he uses at home. Pretty stellar by anyone's standards.
- Mesa Boogie in Red: The Triple Crown 1x12 combo from Mesa Boogie is shown here in a dark red color with the typical black grille. Great look for MB.
Triple Crown TC-50 1x12 combo, shown here in Red Bronco with a Black Jute Grille! Experience a bold voice unlike nothing else in our line! pic.twitter.com/mB83qUnFLB— MESA/Boogie (@MesaBoogie) December 6, 2016
- Tube vs. Digital Amplifier Article: Fender does a great job of breaking down the pros and cons of both tube (analog) and digital amplifiers and what type of player is better suited for each type of amp.
Image via Fender
Performances and Covers
- Don't Let Me Down on Good Morning America: Daya and the Chainsmokers do an admirable job performing "Don't Let Me Down" (a heavily produced and sterile track) live on Good Morning America. John Frusciante could learn a thing or two from these guys.
- Cover of Titanium: Us the Duo performs a slimmed down acoustic cover of "Titanium" on their YouTube channel. Fantastic up and coming husband/wife act that puts on a worthwhile live performance.
- Bass Cover of Thinking Out Loud: YouTube ace Miki Santamaria pulls off a perfect cover of Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" without skipping a beat.
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