Three of my basses have a one-of-a-kind custom pickguard made by Alper from @alperiouspickguard.

Three of my basses have a one-of-a-kind custom pickguard made by Alper from @alperiouspickguard. I couldn’t be happier with how they have turned out. These pickguards help to transform each bass into a unique work of art. Alper is currently crafting a pickguard for my brand new @fender Precision 5-string bass. I look forward to posting the unboxing when it arrives. I can’t wait to show it off!

The bracelet I’m wearing is made from repurposed, used bass guitar strings.

The bracelet I’m wearing is made from repurposed, used bass guitar strings. Much thanks to my long-time friend and former work co-hort David Kohler for such a thoughtful gift from @retunedjewelry.

Because of the various alloys used to make guitar/bass strings, they are extremely difficult to recycle. Over 700 tons of strings end up in the dump every year. Retuned Jewelry works with music shops and musicians to collect used strings that would have otherwise been thrown away and instead make a variety of jewelry that are works of art in their own right.

My buddy David is an amazing artist as well. Check out the beautiful exotic wooden bowls and vessels he spins at https://dgkdesign.com (hit the link in my bio).

Thanks for the killer gift, David! I miss giving you all my money in our weekly poker games. 🤘😎

Over the years, I’ve owned and played several different makes and models of basses.

Over the years, I’ve owned and played several different makes and models of basses. I’m not really a collector by any means, and I typically sell or trade any of my gear that I don’t use on a regular basis. The @ernieballmusicman Stingray 5 HH is my go-to bass for it’s versatility, and I love the way it sits in the mix. I also own a few other basses as well for specific needs. They all qualify as my ‘dream gear’ for different reasons.

What’s on your list of ‘dream gear’?

Truth!

Truth!

This chart was inspired by a post I saw on @bassmagazineonline, but I adjusted it to include the results from my own experience. I have developed a love/hate relationship with the “I Love You, Man” movie.

Depending on perspective, this is a great era for independent musicians and artists to shine — those who can make recordings and videos without a big team.

Depending on perspective, this is a great era for independent musicians and artists to shine — those who can make recordings and videos without a big team. I’m so proud of all of the projects I work with for keeping up the momentum and finding new ways work and collaborate when everything felt so futile.

Photo capture from video by @red_hareimages

Here’s the full-length bass play-through for Serena Foster’s song, “Flatline Love”, including explanations of the tones and technique I use when performing this song at Serena’s live concerts.

Here’s the full-length bass play-through for Serena Foster’s song, “Flatline Love”, including explanations of the tones and technique I use when performing this song at Serena’s live concerts. I love playing this song because I get to utilize one of my favorite pedals, the Future Impact bass synth pedal by Panda Audio. This pedal is essentially a new and improved version of the legendary Deep Impact pedal briefly available from Akai in the late 1980s. The Deep Impact pedal has made appearances on many well-known records, including tracks by Muse and Jamiroquai

Check out the music video for Serena Foster – Flatline Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-gGr_Yhjyc

More on how to play bass guitar, play-throughs, and music technology:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-gGr_Yhjyc

Equipment Rundown:
In this video, I’m using an Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray bass with an custom Alperious pickguard, Kemper Profiler amp, Panda Audio Future Impact synth bass pedal, Source Audio pedals, and Ernie Ball strings.