Author Archives: Bruce

Bruce’s Hall of Fame

  When I posted the clips for my new Profile Signature Model Bass on YouTube, I found quite a few bass players who’ve taken the time to cover some of my parts … because they like them.  Here’s a selection of some of the best … Nice playing, one and all …        

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A Roll of the Dice

How many of us have been sitting somewhere on a dreary winter’s afternoon, looked out the window and thought, ‘There has to be more to it than this’ — or felt the impulse to leap up from where we’re sitting to stride off into some great adventure? In 1971, Luke Rhinehart wrote The Dice Man — whose subheading announced, ‘This book can change your life’.  One day, Rhinehart is inspired by an intriguing coincidence and, bored with his job, gives over his … Continue reading

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Fighting Fit

When he was only 17, Bruce Lee wrote in his diary … After 4 years hard training in kung fu, I began to understand the principle of gentleness — the art of neutralizing the opponent’s effort with the minimum of one’s own energy — which must be done in calmness, without striving.  It sounds simple, but the actual application was difficult.  The moment I engaged in combat, after exchanging a series of blows or kicks, all theory of gentleness was … Continue reading

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The ‘Salmon Pink’ Myth

Few things in the vintage guitar market are as confusing as the custom guitar colour often referred to as Salmon Pink.  To understand why, you have to go back to Fender’s paints of the 1950s and 60s and realize they were also the automobile paints of the time.

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Los Angeles, May 1997

The first ever New Labour government had just been elected in England.  On my TV, a Richard Branson impersonator with a gurning grin and a wife with a mouth like a letterbox were glad-handing the peasants near the entrance to Downing Street.  The scene cut back to a weasely-looking man blowing kisses to the crowd and a fat man trying desperately to look like he could move in time to music.  For the time being, I was better off here … Continue reading

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Now That’s What I Call Bass!

Here’s a page to dip into — a selection of great bass lines spanning almost fifty years of popular music — with clips to view of them captured on record, video or in early performance.  Though many of them are ‘old’ they’re still relevant and well worth watching.  All of them had some influence on me. But not only have they influenced me — and that’s why I begin with Evelyn King / ‘Shame’ from 1978.  Then hear how it was deconstructed to … Continue reading

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Folk Tale

There’s an Armenian folk tale that tells of a man who had a bass guitar with only one string, which he used to play for hours on end — always holding his finger in the same place.  For seven years his wife put up with this note in the patient expectation that her husband would die of boredom. But since that never happened, one evening she  remarked gently, ‘I’ve noticed on Bruce Thomas’s videos that this wonderful instrument has four strings, … Continue reading

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