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Bass Gear Round-Up: The Most Popular Gear for September 2012

Our bass gear coverage made up a good part of the top 10 most read stories overall in September. Here is your complete list of top 10 gear stories for the month.

As always, these lists come with a warning… may cause GAS.

Gibson Announces Grabber 3: ’70s Tribute Bass

1. Gibson Announces Grabber 3: ’70s Tribute Bass

Gibson first introduced the Grabber bass in the 1970′s, with the company completely redesigning their version of the electric bass following their successful run with the EB series. Gibson is going back to the Grabber with the introduction of the Grabber 3, a ’70s tribute bass the company says “recaptures the best qualities of the original version, produced from 1973 to 1975, but increases the overall quality and versatility”…

Ibanez Introduces ATK Premium Basses

2. Ibanez Introduces ATK Premium Basses

Ibanez has given its Premium treatment to their ATK model, resulting in the ATK800E and the ATK805E. Beyond being built at their Premium Factory to premium quality standards, the company’s bass designers spent a lot of time researching and developing the pickup configuration, which includes a CAP double humbucker in the bridge position…

Vox Introduces Apache Series Bass Guitars

3. Vox Introduces Apache Series Bass Guitars

Vox has expanded their bass lineup with the Apache series of basses, which pick up where their predecessors from the ’60s left off. The new travel instruments are separated by body shape, as the Apache 1 Bass features Vox’s classic Teardrop shape while the Apache 2 Bass features their Phantom body style…

Vox Introduces Bass amPhones

4. Vox Introduces Bass amPhones

Vox is rounding out their new bass-related gear for the fall with the Vox amPhones Bass Headphones. Made by Audio-Technica, the new Bass amPhones have a built-in bass amplifier modeled after their AC100 bass amp, allowing you to plug directly into your bass. The circuitry also includes a built-in adjustable compressor for tweaking your sound…

Le Fay Introduces 32˝ Fretless Singer 4 Bass

5. Le Fay Introduces 32˝ Fretless Singer 4 Bass

Le Fay has introduced a new fretless version of their Singer model with a 32-inch scale and 19mm string spacing. Among the new features is the inclusion of the company’s new single-coil pickups, which have angular thumb rests and a three-point screw arrangement to prevent wobbling. Two pickups are under the bridge pickup cover…

Gibson Unveils Midtown Standard Bass

6. Gibson Unveils Midtown Standard Bass

Taking elements of their semi-acoustic EB basses and their Midtown guitar line, Gibson has unveiled the Midtown Standard Bass, a new semi-hollow design with a full 34˝ scale. The chambered body sports a pair of f-holes for a classic look, but the body is actually made of routed solid woods rather than a laminated top…

Vox Introduces Two New Multi-Effects Bass Pedals

7. Vox Introduces Two New Multi-Effects Bass Pedals

Vox has announced the StompLab series of multi-effects pedals, including the StompLab IB and IIB pedals for bass. The respective stompboxes offer 60 and 61 types of modeling including amp, cabinet, and effects with 100 preset programs. All the effects were created from Vox’s VT+ series of modeling amps as well as the Tonelab series…

Xotic Introduces 4-String Version of XP-1T Bass

8. Xotic Introduces 4-String Version of XP-1T Bass

Xotic has released a 4-string of the XP-1T model, which thus far had only been available as a 5-string. The P-style bass offers vintage and modern tones by including a toggle for passive or active electronics. The active portion is Xotic’s Tri-Logic bass preamp, which has Bass, Mid, and Treble controls, a Mid switch…

Fodera Introduces Monarch 4 Standard Bass Guitar

9. Fodera Introduces Monarch 4 Standard Bass Guitar

Fodera is finishing out their Standard series of basses with the Monarch 4 Standard. Similar to the Matt Garrison, Emperor 5, and Yin Yang Standard basses, the new model is built in batch and offered in a single configuration with no options in order to keep the price and wait time down…

Hofner Unveils Limited Edition Black Violin Bass

10. Hofner Unveils Limited Edition Black Violin Bass

As part of their 125th anniversary celebrations, Hofner has unveiled a limited edition Black Violin Bass. The new bass shares many of the specs of the company’s ’61 Cavern bass but utilizes closely spaced single coil “Toaster” pickups that were only used in 1960…