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Michael Gelfand

Michael Gelfand

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Michael Gelfand is a bass player and former senior editor at Musician magazine who has written extensively about music and musical equipment for many mainstream publications and websites. He lives in a log cabin on the wooded outskirts of New York City with his wife, twin sons and a disobedient Siberian husky, where he spends a lot of time rationalizing why any sane person needs 12 basses and a 2,000-watt 2 x 15 bass rig in a 90 square foot work space.

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Life is often at its best when you have choices, but sometimes having good choices makes for hard decisions. Such is the case for bassists who are wondering whether to buy a four- or five-string bass. Who knew that

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Perfection is in the eye of the beholder, and perhaps nowhere more so than when defining the perfect bass guitar. As we discussed in part 1 of this article, some players prefer four strings

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I used to be cynical about the idea of a signature bass. The concept struck me as a marketing ploy whereby a star player put their John Hancock on the headstock of a marginally different version of a familiar

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Welcome to a new feature here on the blog! Each month, bassist Michael Gelfand will focus on a different aspect of bass playing.   I count myself among the lucky ones who have never seriously damaged their basses while practicing, performing

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Using compression on your bass is the musical equivalent of putting salt in food. If you’ve never tried it, you probably think your sound is fine without it. But once you succumb to the intrigue and finally figure out

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