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Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in November 2017

Time to celebrate some popular new bass gear, AKA the top 10 reader favorite gear stories for the month.

Here are your favorites for November 2017. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing.

Fender Adds New Color To Mod Shop Basses

1. Fender New Mod Shop Bass Colors

Fender’s Mod Shop has expanded their option offerings for the Fall. The online instrument configurator has added a new limited edition color for 2017 Mystic Aztec Gold. It’s available on both their Precision and Jazz basses. Users begin the Mod Shop experience by picking their instrument then choosing colors, pickguards, pickups, hardware, and more. It…

Ibanez and Thundercat Team Up For The TCB1006 Bass

2. Ibanez Thundercat TCB1006 Bass

Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner has been turning heads for years, including when he debuted his signature Ibanez hollow-body bass on stage a few years ago. Now Ibanez and the bassist have teamed up to release the bass as a model in the company’s lineup. Made in the company’s Japanese workshop, the TCB1006 is a six-string built…

Fender Unveils Limited Edition Adam Clayton Precision and Jazz Bass

3. Fender Limited Edition Adam Clayton Precision and Jazz Basses

U2’s Adam Clayton is getting a new pair of special basses from Fender this year. The limited edition Adam Clayton Precision and Jazz basses come with maple fingerboards and a unique purple sparkle finish. Both basses are built with an alder body, carbon-reinforced maple neck, and maple fingerboard that’s adorned with abalone inlays. Fender fits…

Fodera Reveals Masterbuilt Southwest Bass

4. Fodera Masterbuilt Southwest Bass

Shortly after announcing the Woodblock, Fodera has unveiled their third Masterbuilt bass for 2017. The Southwest was designed by the company’s Emily Krohn and is inspired by the “textiles, textures, and colors of the American Southwest.” “To accomplish this look and theme, we chose various woods including Spruce, Bloodwood, Ebony, and Mahogany – capturing the…

Fender Now Shipping the Justin Meldal-Johnsen Road Worn Mustang Bass

5. Fender Justin Meldal-Johnsen Road Worn Mustang Bass

After previewing it at the Summer NAMM Show, Fender is now shipping the Justin Meldal-Johnsen Road Worn Mustang Bass. Modeled exactly after the Beck bassist’s own 1966 Daphne Blue Mustang, the short-scale bass features a maple neck, a road worn finish, and a custom-spec pickup. “As a player and producer, I feel strongly about the…

Dunable Guitars Unveils Jeff Matz Signature Bass

6. Dunable Guitars Jeff Matz Signature Bass

High On Fire’s Jeff Matz has a new signature bass from Dunable Guitars. The JM Bass is the product of several years of custom builds for the bassist, leading to an instrument with his exact specs. “Basically, [Matz wanted] what would be his dream instrument, fit for both tracking a High On Fire record, as…

OnkartGromt Introduces the Grompressor Pedal

7. OnkartGromt Grompressor Pedal

Norway’s OnkartGromt has released a new compressor called the Grompressor, which the company describes as an advanced compressor that is very useful for bassists. “With options to control Input Level, Threshold, Attack, Release, Ratio, and Output Gain it is almost like a plugin in a DAW,” says pedal builder Øyvind Mjanger. “You can also save…

Eastwood Guitars Unveils Two New Basses, Teases Doubleneck 4/6

8. Eastwood Guitars New Basses, Doubleneck 4/6

Eastwood introduced ten new instruments to their Custom Shop this week including two basses and a double neck guitar/bass. As part of their custom shop, each model is released under a crowd-funding/pre-order campaign. The first new bass is the Eastwood EB-1, which of course pays tribute to the Gibson EB-1 released in 1953. “We’ve made…

Boss Introduces The DR-01S Rhythm Partner Drum Machine

9. Boss DR-01S Rhythm Partner Drum Machine

Looking to add a little rhythm to your acoustic sessions? Boss has introduced the DR-01S Rhythm Partner, a drum machine they describe as “the world’s first virtual percussionist designed specifically for acoustic musicians.” The unit allows for setting the tempo, volume, and variation for your beat with several percussion instruments that can be put into…

TC Electronic Unveils 8 New Analog Pedals

10. TC Electronic’s 8 New Analog Pedals

TC Electronic has announced eight new analog effect pedals ranging between distortion, modulation, and dynamics. The series is dubbed the Analog Armada. “With strong steel enclosures and top mounted input/output jacks, these sturdy stompboxes provide analog warmth with and true bypass circuitry so your tone stays totally unaffected when the effects are off,” the company…

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