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  • Ibanez Introduces ATK Premium Basses

    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 and an... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Luthman Natural

    Bass of the Week: Luthman Natural

    Luthman is a company that puts out some pretty intricate work yet also knows simple elegance, the latter of which is evidenced in their Natural model. Handmade in France by luthier Thierry Etienne, the Natural has a unique, fluid body style with customizable options. Available in 4-, 5-, 6-, and 7-string configurations, standard features on... »

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

    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, a... »

  • Le Fay Introduces 32˝ Fretless Singer 4 Bass

    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 while... »

  • Bass of the Week: De Gier BeBop

    Bass of the Week: De Gier BeBop

    There are lots of interpretations of the old J-bass, but one that strikes me most is the BeBop made by Dutch boutique shop De Gier. It offers a little more in the curves department with subtle tweaks to set itself apart from the classic design. Available in 4- or 5-string versions, the De Gier BeBop... »

  • Gear Review: Vigier Arpege IV Bass

    Gear Review: Vigier Arpege IV Bass

    In 1978, Patrice Vigier set out to become an independent luthier of guitars and basses, and Vigier Guitars was born. Thirty-four years later, the Vigier is still going strong. We got our hands on the company’s Arpege IV bass, and took it for a test drive. The Arpege IV is a lovely sounding four string... »

  • Kauer Guitars Introduces Daylighter Bass

    Kauer Guitars Introduces Daylighter Bass

    California-based Kauer Guitars has introduced the Daylighter Bass, modeled after their popular series of guitars by the same name. With several feature options, the company says the bass can cover ground from “classic Motown vibe straight through the most aggressive modern bass tones.” The Daylighter’s body is made of Spanish Cedar and is available in... »

  • Jackson Unveils JS Series Kelly Bird Basses

    Jackson Unveils JS Series Kelly Bird Basses

    Back in April, David Ellefson gave us the scoop on a new bass he was working on with Jackson that would combine elements of a classic bass style he sported during Megadeth’s “Countdown to Extinction” tour, and the company’s Kelly guitar model. Jackson has now introduced the resulting Kelly Bird basses as part of their... »

  • Bass of the Week: Schecter Stargazer-4

    Bass of the Week: Schecter Stargazer-4

    Schecter’s Stargazer-4 is a quirky take on basses of years past. The old school-inspired 4-stringer is built for versatility with EMG’s MMHZ humbucking pickup in the bridge position and the EMG SJHZ single-coil pickup in the neck position. For further tonal adjustments, the bass has an EMG active 2-band EQ in addition to a pickup... »

  • Italia Introduces the Imola Bass Guitar

    Italia Introduces the Imola Bass Guitar

    Italia’s new bass, the Imola, is described as “part 60s and part 21st century.” The bass features a korina body with acoustic chambering, and an f-hole. Finish options include Black and Tobacco Sunburst. The Imola’s hard rock maple neck is topped with a rosewood fingerboard. Pickups on the bass are a pair of Wilkinson WBJs,... »