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Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in August 2015

Time for the celebration that gives most No Treble readers a bad case of G.A.S. We prefer to call it the top 10 most read gear stories on No Treble for the month though.


Bohemian Guitars Announces Boho Bass

1. Bohemian Guitars Boho Bass

Here’s something different: Bohemian Guitars has introduced the Boho Bass, a hollow body electric bass constructed with an upcycled oil can. Each body has a removable back as well as an internal wood frame for increased amplification and structural integrity…

Gizmotron Revived with Version 2.0

2. Gizmotron Revived with Version 2.0

A piece of the ’70s is being revived with the Gizmotron 2.0. Originally designed in 1973, the Gizmotron is an electro-mechanic device that attaches near the bridge of your bass or guitar and creates a sustained, bowed sound similar to a cello…

Eastwood Guitars Announces Surfcaster Bass

3. Eastwood Guitars Surfcaster Bass

After creating a tribute to the guitar version, Eastwood Customs has announced they will be creating a Surfcaster Bass. Originally introduced by Charvel in 1991, Eastwood describes the Surfcaster as an instrument for country players as well as the “surf” crowd…

Ibanez Terra Firma Bass Gets Maple Fretboard

4. Ibanez Terra Firma Bass with Maple Fretboard

After introducing the model last year, Ibanez is now offering the Terra Firma model in 5- and 6-string models with maple fretboards. The single-cut BTB model is part of the company’s experimental “Bass Workshop” series and has several features typically found on boutique basses…

Nordstrand Guitars Introduces Dan Lutz Nordy DL vM5 Bass

5. Nordstrand Guitars Dan Lutz Nordy DL vM5 Bass

Nordstrand Guitars has teamed up with bassist Dan Lutz to unveil the Nordy DL vM5. The bass is a take on the company’s Nordy vM5 model that brings together their NP5 and BigMan pickups for a unique configuration…

Kiesel/Carvin Guitars Updates Icon Series Basses

6. Kiesel/Carvin Guitars Updated Icon Series Basses

Kiesel Guitars, formerly Carvin Guitars, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Icon series of basses with an upgraded version of the instruments. Available in four-, five-, and six-string models, the Icon 2.0 bass now features a deeper body cutaway for improved comfort, a three-piece headstock design, and an option for a chambered body…

MBS Effects Introduces Parallel Universe Bass Blender

7. MBS Effects Parallel Universe Bass Blender

MBS Effects has released the Parallel Universe Bass Blender, a pedal they describe as a parallel mixer that allows you to mix your dry signal with the pedals placed on its effects loop…

Vibrance Guitars Introduces Bass Models

8. Vibrance Guitars Bass Models

Vibrance Guitars has gotten into the deep end with a new line of basses. Available in four and five-string versions, the basses are hand-crafted in the U.S. by luthier Craig Collins. Each bass design includes neck-through construction and a highly chambered body for extra harmonic resonance…

Universal Audio Introduces Ampeg SVT-VR and SVT-3 Pro Plug-Ins

9. Universal Audio Ampeg SVT-VR and SVT-3 Pro Plug-Ins

Recording bassists have some new amp modeling software options with Universal Audio’s new Ampeg Bass Amp plug-ins. The two new plug-ins focus on the SVT sound with an SVT-VR model and an SVT-3 Pro model, both of which are included in UAD Software v8.3 and are made exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces…

Darkglass Electronics Introduces Super Symmetry Compressor Pedal

10. Darkglass Electronics Super Symmetry Compressor Pedal

Darkglass Electronics has expanded their pedal lineup with the Super Symmetry, a compressor they describe as state of the art with a classic feel. “It sounds modern in the way that it doesn’t color your tone while compressing, but the way it reacts to your playing is simply natural and seamless,” they write…