CONTENTS
ISSUE 116 APRIL 2015
E D ITO F Jo e l M clver,
joel@ blazepublishing.co.uk
S U B -E D IT O R A lex Ormiston, N ick Robbins
T E C H N IC A L CO N SU LTA N
Stuart Clayton
C O N T R IB U T O R
Bob Battersby, Duff
Battye, Andy Baxter, Nick Beggs, Je ff Berlin,
Jam ie Blaine, Mike Brooks, Tiffany Burow,
Dave Clarke, Stuart Clayton, Ben Cooper, Joe
Daly, Jon D'Auria, David Etheridge, Christopher
Evans, Mike Flynn, Paul Geary, Ian Glasper,
Joel Graham, Ruth Goller Spencer Grady,
Paolo Gregoletto, Hugh Gulland, Chris Hanby,
Andy Hughes, Ken Hunt, Kevin Johnson, Steve
Lawson, Phil Mann, Lee Marlow, Michael
McKeegan, Andrew McKinney, Stewart
McKinsey, Greg Moffitt, Chris Mugan, Ellen
O'Reilly, Franc O'Shea, Harry Paterson, Raz Rauf,
Alison Richter, Steven Rosen, Kevin Sanders,
Amit Sharma, Joe Shooman, Rob Statham, Jon
Thorne, Freddy Villano, Alex Webster, Sam W ise
A D V E R T IS IN G S A L E S Guy M eredith
G R A P H IC D E S IG N Steve D aw son
A D D E S IG
M att Smith
C O V E R P H O TO G R A P H Tina K
S T U D IO P H O T O G R A P H Y Eckie
O P E R A T IO N S D IR E C T O R Ja m e s Folkard
A S S IS T A N T P U B L IS H E R Ruth B u rge ss
P U B L IS H E R W e s Stanton
A C C O U N T
Dave Deo
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S mia
W
e pride ourselves,
here at the secret
BGM
command
bunker situated
deep in the frozen
tundra, that we'll
take on any challenge. Difficult
interviewee? Not a problem.
Impossible bit of gear? No
sweat. Doing justice to a bass
that costs as much as a second-
hand Mercedes? Ah.
.. now
that's when things get a little
tricky. This month we sent
our reviewer Duff Battye off
to Bass Gear in Twyford to get
his paws on an £11,000 Fodera Monarch Elite. Unsurprisingly, it's
a breathtaking instrument: not so much a tool as a work of art that
the lucky buyer will be able to bequeath to several generations of
descendants. Read his review on page 52.
In fact, art is what we're all about, in the sense that what brings you
and us together is our love of music. We happen to specialise in the
lower frequencies, sure, but it's music nonetheless, and that's a good
thing to have as a friend for life. The interviews in this month's issue
have one thing in common, as they do in every issue - and that is that
every bassist who appears in this magazine is in it for the noble goal
of creating sounds to stir the soul. In essence, our reviews and tuition
sections also serve the same purpose: enabling you to acquire the gear
and skills you'll need to refine your musical art. That's what makes
working on Bass
Guitar Magazine
so much more rewarding than, say,
Lawnmowing Weekly,
if there is such a publication.
We said goodbye in March to two great bass players, both of
whom would have understood what we mean about music being the
mission. Mike Porcaro of Toto and Andy Fraser of Free both knew
that the bass represented a higher calling: see our appreciation of
these great talents on page 6. Let's hope that wherever they are now,
the music is plentiful.
Jo e l Mclver, Editor
Fodera Amboyna Burl
52
Monarch 4 Elite
Duff Battye reviews a bass.
So far, so humdrum.
.. wait a
minute, this one costs eleven
grand!
Lakland Skyline
56
Series 44-01 Deluxe
Mike Brooks reviews a rather
more droppable/scratchable
£700-plus instrument. Phew
Squier Matt Freeman
Precision
A four hundred quid-plus-
change punk bass, given the
Brooks treatment
6 4 E lb e e cab series
Stuart Clayton runs these
tasty boxes through their
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