Bass Player - Apr 2013 - Gary Willis

Bass Player - Apr 2013 - Gary Willis

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Throughout his nearly 20-year tenure with fusion trailblazers Tribal Tech, fretless bass master Gary Willis has lived on the leading edge of the instrument, taking tone and technique to new places. His frontier spirit is strong as ever on new solo and Tribal Tech discs, so this month we connect with Gary for his Bass Player cover debut, complete with an in-depth lesson. 

As we recover from this year's NAMM Show, we look back to the coolest bass gear from the always-epic event. We catch up with super sideman Pete Sears, who has played with artists from Jefferson Starship to John Lee Hooker, and we talk with young gun Zach Cooper, who holds it down for the progressive-leaning Coheed and Cambria. 

In our Soundroom, we examine a new Cliff Burton signature bass from Aria Guitars, as well as chorus and overdrive pedals from MXR and tapewound strings from La Bella and GHS. John Goldsby and Ed Friedland return for their beloved Woodshed columns, and we burn it all down with a transcription of Racer X's "Scarified," complete with history and analysis from super-shredder Juan Alderete. Dig in!