Read about Bass Guitar Rocks author Michael Ippersiel.

Hi! Bass Guitar Rocks is my online bass hangout. This is where I get to use my writing, video and web skills along with my experience and love of performing on bass guitar with you . I want to help others the way I wish someone could have helped me when I first picked up the bass guitar (before the internet was around).

My version of Bass Nirvana!
My version of Bass Nirvana!

As a journalist I’ve had the opportunity to interview musicians like Jason Newsted (Metallica) and Vinnie Paul (Pantera) as well as band members from Moist, The Four Horsemen and The Watchmen.

As a bass player I’ve been playing for almost seventeen years as part of Omega A.D. and I’ve performed throughout Southern Ontario (Canada) opening for bands like Nazareth, April Wine, Helix and The Killer Dwarfs.

My style is rock/hard rock oriented, that was the type of music I was listening to when I started playing and it’s been encoded into my DNA. I do respect all forms of music that incorporate melody, intelligent lyrics, well crafted songs and talented musicianship – even if they don’t fall into the ‘rock’ vein – but rock is my specialty. I’ve been playing 5 string bass almost exclusively since 1995. In 2007 I finally got my hands on an F Bass BN5 and I’m now in Bass Nirvana!

My current bass gear includes

  • F Bass BN5
  • Ibanez BTB 505 (F Bass preamp equiped)
  • Trace Elliot AH400 SMX Amp Head
  • Trace Elliot 4 x 10 cabinet w/ tweeter
  • Sansamp Bass Driver DI
  • Digitech BP8 Floor Processor
  • Monster Bass Cables

Bass guitar rig diagram showing the full signal path

I currently reside in Guelph, Ontario, Canada – I’m a proud parent of two boys and it’s been a little too long since I last stepped on stage.

Thanks for reading about Bass Guitar Rocks!


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  • Hey Mike –

    If you feel so inclined, please check out the Mean site and the MySpace (but you probably already have).

    I would love to be interviewed by bassguitarrocks.com! Especially in regards to the new album coming out later this year…


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