Monday, April 27, 2015

Bass Players You May Not Know – Krautrock Edition

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If you have ever put on a progressive rock record made in the 70s, there is a good chance that you have reached for a krautrock record at least once. Krautrock is a progressive rock sub-genre that mostly grew to prominence in the 1970s, featuring groups like Kraftwerk and Amon Duul II. Many of these great musicians have inspired the founders for punk, metal, and experimental groups that have grown to prominence. Today, we wanted to take a look at some of the best bass players from the genre:

  • Holger Czukay – This funky guy is most likely the patron saint of funky krautrock bass players. As a founding member of Can, Czukay often held down the bottom with drummer Jaki Liebzeit, playing funky grooves inspired by rock and soul coming out of the US. Check out “Oh Yeah” from Tago Mago.
  • Jean-Hervé Péron – Inspired by groups like the Velvet Underground, Péron and company often laid down hypnotic riffs that were simultaneously busy and simple. Hear him rocking hard on "Just a Second / Picnic on a Frozen River, Deuxieme Tableau" from Faust IV.
  • Hartmut Enke – Ash Ra Tempel were one of the best examples of ambient cosmic rock. Bass player and founder Harmut Enke, as well as members Manuel Göttsching and Klaus Shulze, often got together to break out intense jams that will still send your mind into outer space.  Listen to the album Ash Ra Tempel to travel to another world.

This is just the tip of the iceberg! There is plenty of great groups to check out, including Neu!, Cluster, Xhol Caravan, and Popol Vuh. When you are ready to start making your own mind-expanding jams, check out the electric bass guitar selections at

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Look at Our Amps – ValveTrain Amplification

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Shopping for a special amp for your bass is very important. You need to find an amp that works well with your instrument, as well as an amp that sound good to you. Bass Central, your online source for both big name and boutique bass amps, is proud to provide you with a wide array of options to suit your needs. These options include limited edition amps from ValveTrain Amplification. This company is known for providing hand-wired bass amplifiers in limited editions that are inspired by the most sought after vintage amps in history. The makers of these amps are very passionate about their creations and it shows in each selection they offer. 

Bass Central is currently offering Brandywine and Revolution selections, including heads and cabinets. The Brandywine head is inspired by the tones of early 1960s amps. To capture this sound with today’s active basses, it features a variable pad that allows you to dial in the sweet spot for 9- and 18-volt systems. Furthermore, it includes bass, middle, and treble controllers that can help you reproduce the sound of early flip-top amps produced in New Jersey. 

If that sweet vintage sound is something you love, then you’re going to enjoy this selection. Take a look at our boutique bass amps and place an order with us today!