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Django Reinhardt : Keep Cool

Stu Hamm has been a staple of the chops-heavy Bass Player scene since the ’80s. He’s best known for his prodigious two-handed tapping and slap technique, particularly in solo or “bass-up-front” settings and alongside shred and fusion guitar virtuosos like Joe Satriani and Frank Gambale. Thus I wondered if Fender’s upgraded Stu Hamm Urge II with Drop-D tuner would be an instrument with super-low action, like an Ibanez SoundGear with its super-thin neck, and optimized for a mid-range solo tone. I was imagining the bass equivalent of a tricked-out Honda Civic.

Fender’s Stu Hamm Urge II is, in fact, a powerful and versatile instrument. It boasts solid, classic (but not standard) Fender construction, full tonal range, and a high output gain. If this instrument satisfies Stu Hamm’s needs as a performer, I imagine the Urge II would be great for a player looking to cover the full range of musical roles: bass, chordal, solo-or merely bass, if you so choose.

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