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Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in December

Here’s the top 10 most popular bass gear stories on No Treble for the month of December, 2012. As always, this is based on reader views and sharing.

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Warwick Introduces Corvette $$ NT Special Edition 68 Bass

1. Warwick Introduces Corvette $$ NT Special Edition 68 Bass

Warwick has unveiled the Corvette $$ NT Special Edition 68, a custom shop bass inspired by the General Motors 1968 Model Corvette Stingray. The hot-rodded bass shares the car’s style with a Candy Apple red finish and an airbrushed aluminum center section while the Corvette name is inlaid into the tigerstripe ebony fingerboard…

NoahJames Guitars Introduces JENZ Bass Machine Heads

2. NoahJames Guitars Introduces JENZ Bass Machine Heads

NoahJames Guitars has introduced JENZ Machine Heads, a new type of bass tuning machine that the company says alleviates several issues in bass guitar design by the string to anchor at the lowest point on the machine head post. The channel automatically wraps the string neatly to avoid sticking and slippage from winding error…

NS Design Announces NXT-Series Omni Bass

3. NS Design Announces NXT-Series Omni Bass

NS Design has introduced an NXT-Series version of their Omni Bass, an electric upright that sports a 34˝ scale like that of a bass guitar. The new instrument is designed for the bass guitarist interested in adding the character and expressiveness of an upright. Available in 4- and 5-string models…

Spector Adds NS-5 Bass to USA Neck Thru Series

4. Spector Adds NS-5 Bass to USA Neck Thru Series

Spector has reintroduced the NS-5 to their USA Neck-Thru Series of basses. First made between 1987 and 1990 during the company’s Kramer era, the new NS-5 retains the same features while offering current Spector build options. Its neck is a 3-piece laminate of Rock Maple fitted with AAAA figured maple body wings…

Darkglass Electronics Unveils Vintage Microtubes Pedal

5. Darkglass Electronics Unveils Vintage Microtubes Pedal

Darkglass Electronics has unveiled the Vintage Microtubes, a unique overdrive pedal aimed at creating classic rock and roll bass tones from the ’70s through the ’90s. “What we did for this one was to study the greatest and most legendary bass tones and all the components involved in creating them; amplifier brands, recording techniques, etcetera,” said Darkglass founder Douglas Castro….

Veillette Introduces Flyer Acoustic-Electric Bass

6. Veillette Introduces Flyer Acoustic-Electric Bass

Veillette Guitars is now offering the Flyer Bass, a lightweight acoustic-electric bass guitar designed to strike a balance between the acoustic and electric worlds. Designed after the company’s Flyer guitar, the bass features bent sides and a floating top and back to deliver acoustic tone, feel, and response…

Amptweaker Announces Bass TightFuzz Pedal

7. Amptweaker Announces Bass TightFuzz Pedal

Due to bassist interest during Summer NAMM, Amptweaker is now offering a bass version of their new TightFuzz pedal. The Bass TightFuzz is tweaked for bass players with extended lower range of the Tight and Tone controls and an added Dry Low knob that blends dry low end into the signal…

Rotosound Updates Steve Harris Signature Bass Strings

8. Rotosound Updates Steve Harris Signature Bass Strings

Rotosound has upgraded their Steve Harris Signature Bass Strings by using a new burnishing process to give them a smoother finish. The company explains the change facilitates fast playing as well as reduces string noise. The Iron Maiden bassist’s signature strings are flatwounds that are described as slightly brighter than traditional flatwounds…

Demeter Introduces VTBP-201-800D and HBP-1-800D Powered Preamplifiers

9. Demeter Introduces VTBP-201-800D and HBP-1-800D Powered Preamplifiers

Demeter Amplification has introduced VTBP-201-800D and HBP-1-800D, a pair of powered preamplifiers that take the company’s existing HBP-1 and VTBP-201 bass preamps and match them with 800 Watt Class D amplifiers. The units feature Jensen transformers to completely isolate the pre and power amp sections, which they say allow for noiseless operation…

Suhr Announces New Buffer Pedal

10. Suhr Announces New Buffer Pedal

Suhr has introduced the Buffer pedal, a transparent signal buffer/line driver. The company explains that tone loss happens from signal degradation, which often is caused by long cable runs or using multiple instrument cables like on a pedal board. The Buffer uses unity buffering to reverse these effects. Suhr’s Buffer features a compact, aluminum enclosure…