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Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in October

October is in the books… and those books include at least four new fuzz pedals! Add a couple of new Fodera basses, even more pedals, and some other exciting bass gear, and you have the top 10 gear stories of the month.

As always, these are ranked by reader views. Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing.

Here are your top 10 gear stories for October, 2013:

Fender Introduces Vintage Hot Rod ’60s Precision and ’70s Jazz Basses

1. Fender Introduces Vintage Hot Rod ’60s Precision and ’70s Jazz Basses

Fender has rolled out two new basses as part of their Vintage Hot Rod series, an American-made lineup that the company describes as incorporating the best of old and new features. The Fender Vintage Hot Rod ’60s Precision Bass and ’70s Jazz Bass riff on classic designs while adding new features…

Fodera Unveils Anthony Jackson Presentation II Bass

2. Fodera Unveils Anthony Jackson Presentation II Bass

Last year, Fodera teased the public with pictures of an interesting prototype hybrid bass they were developing. The company has now unveiled the result: the Fodera Anthony Jackson Presentation II Bass. Building on the AJ Presentation body shape, the next generation of the bassist’s signature series has a completely hollow acoustic body…

TC Electronic Announces New BG250 Series Combo Amps

3. TC Electronic Announces New BG250 Series Combo Amps

TC Electronic has expanded their BG250 combo from a single 1×15 model to an entire series of bass amps featuring three new speaker configurations: 2×10, 1×12, and 2×8. Each of the 250-watt combos features dual TonePrint onboard effects, intelligent Tone Shaping controls, a built-in tuner, a direct output, and rehearsal inputs…

Moog Introduces Five New Minifooger Effects Pedals

4. Moog Introduces Five New Minifooger Effects Pedals

Moog has unveiled the Minifooger family of effects pedals designed for use with bass and electric guitar. The compact stompboxes are housed in cast aluminum enclosures and feature completely analog signal paths, true bypass, optional battery power, and an expression input for adjusting parameters on the fly…

Electro-Harmonix Introduces Next Step Crying Bass Wah/Fuzz

5. Electro-Harmonix Introduces Next Step Crying Bass Wah/Fuzz

Electro-Harmonix has expanded their Next Step series of pedals to the bass realm with the Crying Bass Wah/Fuzz. Similar to other Next Step effects, the pedal features no moving parts and uses a motion sensor to translate movement. The pedal’s fuzz circuit adds distortion and harmonics to the signal…

Fodera Introduces Victor Wooten Fretless Bass; A Tribute to Joe Compito

6. Fodera Introduces Victor Wooten Fretless Bass; A Tribute to Joe Compito

Fodera is honoring one of their friends with a bass they’re calling the Victor Wooten Fretless; A Tribute to Joe Compito. The bass is a nearly identical to the 5-string fretless bass the late Joe Compito built for Victor Wooten, who famously used it on the Grammy-winning Flecktones album Flight of the Cosmic Hippo

Perri Ink Guitars Unveils the Rocky IV Bass

7. Perri Ink Guitars Unveils the Rocky IV Bass

L.A.’s Perri Ink Guitars has unveiled it’s first custom bass guitar, the Rocky IV. The U.S.-made bass is crafted with a contoured solid alder body and a one-piece maple neck that’s fitted with black block inlays. For more visual flair, the body is embellished with 12K gold leafing by the artist “Sonny Boy…”

Darkglass Electronics Announces Duality Dual Fuzz Engine

8. Darkglass Electronics Announces Duality Dual Fuzz Engine

Darkglass Electronics has unveiled the Duality, a fuzz pedal that offers up two separate fuzz circuits that can be used individually or blended for a wide variety of textures…

EBS Introduces FuzzMo Pedal

9. EBS Introduces FuzzMo Pedal

EBS has introduced the FuzzMo, a fuzz pedal for bass that fills the gap between their distortion pedals and vintage fuzz effects. In addition to Gain and Volume controls, the Fuzzmo has a Blend knob for mixing your clean tone with your dirty signal…

Reed James Custom Pickups Introduces RJ NEO Vintage Vibe Jazz Bass Pickups

10. Reed James Custom Pickups Introduces RJ NEO Vintage Vibe Jazz Bass Pickups

Reed James Custom Pickups has released the new RJ NEO Vintage Vibe Noiseless Jazz Bass Pickup, a single coil pickup that mixed modern and vintage tone with noiseless operation. The Vintage Vibe incorporates exposed poles that are individually charged by small neodymium magnets…