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  • Ibanez Announces Talman Bass Series

    Ibanez Announces Talman Bass Series

    Ibanez is taking a page out of the old school with their new Talman Bass Series, consisting of the TMB300 and TMB100. The basses, which feature a retro aesthetic, share many of the same features with the 300 having an edge in features. Both models are built with a mahogany body, maple neck, and rosewood... »

  • Bass of the Week: Bruno Régis Custom 4-String Bass

    Bass of the Week: Bruno Régis Custom 4-String Bass

    I love checking out fledgling bass builders and self-starters, so when Alain Guiraud sent a note about his new bass, I got just as excited as he did. His friend and guitarist Bruno Régis created an axe that mixes and matches features from a handful of basses. Guiraud says it is his friend’s first order,... »

  • D’Angelico Guitars Introduces EX-SD Bass

    D’Angelico Guitars Introduces EX-SD Bass

    After introducing the EX-Bass two years ago, D’Angelico announced the solidbody EX-SD Bass at this year’s NAMM Show. The four-string bass features a chambered mahogany body topped with flame maple and a mahogany neck. Its rosewood fingerboard holds 21 frets and is adorned with mother of pearl block inlays as position markers. The EX-SD is... »

  • Warwick Introduces Stu Hamm Signature Bass

    Warwick Introduces Stu Hamm Signature Bass

    Warwick introduced a new signature bass for Stuart Hamm during the NAMM Show this year. The new model is based on the company’s Streamer with extended contouring and a deeper cutaway for improved access to the higher register. The Stu Hamm Signature bass is built with an alder body and five-piece birdseye maple and rosewood... »

  • Ibanez Unveils 40th Anniversary 2609B Black Eagle Bass

    Ibanez Unveils 40th Anniversary 2609B Black Eagle Bass

    Ibanez has announced they will reissue the famed 2609B, also known as the Black Eagle bass. Admitting they are not apt to reissue many instruments, the company says the limited edition run marks the 40th anniversary of the classic model. The bass has several striking features, including its distinctly sculpted mahogany body, its f-hole shaped... »

  • Bass of the Week: Hilton Guitars Sk8bass

    Bass of the Week: Hilton Guitars Sk8bass

    Part of the fun of the NAMM show is finding all the oddities that are tucked away into the booths for different vendors. One of the coolest discoveries for us this year was an intricate striped bass at the Hipshot booth. After a minute we got to talking with its creator, Pete Hilton of Hilton... »

  • Rickenbacker Introduces 4003S and 4003SW Basses

    Rickenbacker Introduces 4003S and 4003SW Basses

    Rickenbacker launched a pair of new takes on their classic 4003 bass this year with the 4003S and 4003SW. The new models take the current 4003 and 4003W basses and give them a vintage aesthetic made popular by the ’60s 4001S bass. “People wanted the look of the 4001S without the binding and with dot... »

  • Bass of the Week: James Trussart SteelCaster Bass

    Bass of the Week: James Trussart SteelCaster Bass

    One of the most interesting booths we visited at the NAMM Show this year was James Trussart Custom Guitars. The L.A.-based luthier takes a different approach to building instruments and uses steel for his bodies, often giving them a rusted finish. “I’ve always liked the look and feel of old guitars, believing them to have... »

  • Ritter Instruments Unveils Okon Concept at NAMM 2015

    Ritter Instruments Unveils Okon Concept at NAMM 2015

    Boutique bass builder Jens Ritter unveiled a new bass at the NAMM Show this year called the Okon Concept. The new model matches the luthier’s distinctive Okon body shape with his BA Tuning System, which mounts the tuners on the back of the bass’s body. Following a golden theme, the bass features a 24-karat antique... »

  • Ernie Ball Announces Music Man Neck Through Basses

    Ernie Ball Announces Music Man Neck Through Basses

    Ernie Ball’s booth at NAMM this year was buzzing with a new neck-through version of their flagship StingRay Bass. Available in four and five-string versions, the StingRay Neck Through is built with a 3-piece maple neck the runs the entire length of its ash body. The StingRay has only featured bolt-on construction since its introduction... »