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  • Yamaha Introduces Flame Maple Models To TRBX Series

    Yamaha Introduces Flame Maple Models To TRBX Series

    Yamaha’s TRBX bass series will get two models this year. The company will be unveiling the TRBX604FM and TRBX605FM at the 2018 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. Four and five-string basses, respectively, the TRBX604FM and TRBX605FM upgrade the bass’s looks with flame maple tops with matching headstocks. They carry many of the same features... »

  • Schecter Unveils The Apocalypse Bass Series

    Schecter Unveils The Apocalypse Bass Series

    Schecter will be rolling out a new line of basses at the Winter NAMM Show called the Apocalypse Bass Series. Designed with “high-end specs and aggressive style,” the company says that the C-4 and C-5 Apocalypse basses pack a punch thanks to their pickups. “[They are] powered by Schecter US Custom Shop Apocalypse Bass Humbucker... »

  • Bass of the Week: Sadowsky Guitars NYC Will Lee 5-String

    Bass of the Week: Sadowsky Guitars NYC Will Lee 5-String

    One of the great things about writing the Bass of the Week column is that builders send us photos of some of their best work. This recent Sadowsky NYC Will Lee 5-string hit my inbox and stopped me in my tracks. Built with a chambered swamp ash body, the bass’s candy apple orange finish and... »

  • Bass of the Week: Mas Hino NYC Matador

    Bass of the Week: Mas Hino NYC Matador

    Master luthier Mas Hino is a man that can appreciate the finer things in life. That’s why his bass design called the Matador is inspired by both Picasso and Lamborghini. “The Matador was inspired by Pablo Picasso. The shape is an acoustic guitar with an offset on the sides like Picasso’s guitar,” Hino writes. “The... »

  • Xotic Unveils the XJPRO-1 5-String ProVintage Series Bass

    Xotic Unveils the XJPRO-1 5-String ProVintage Series Bass

    Xotic has expanded their bass lineup with the XJPRO-1 5-String ProVintage Series Bass. As part of the ProVintage Series, the new bass combines elements of classic and modern features while building on their previous lineup. “The ProVintage Series basses, inspired by the Xotic XJ Series, feature a structurally balanced neck for reliable intonation that is... »

  • Willcox Guitars Unveils 2018 Saber Bass

    Willcox Guitars Unveils 2018 Saber Bass

    Wilcox Guitars is updating their bass lineup by replacing their outgoing Saber VL Bass with the 2018 Saber bass. The reworked instrument features an AAAA flame maple top, lightweight chambered swamp ash body, and their patented LightWave optical pickup system. “LightWave pickups use infrared light technology to ‘map’ or ‘see’ string vibration, resulting in a... »

  • Bass of the Week: Fast Guitars Intrepid

    Bass of the Week: Fast Guitars Intrepid

    This week we’re checking out the Intrepid bass from Fast Guitars. Available in four-, five-, or six-string versions, the model features a lightweight chambered body with a long-tenon neck joint. “Our neck joints are as tight and precise as any other type of neck joint. With a tapered tenon, the string tension will only tighten... »

  • Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette Five-String Bolt-On Bass

    Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette Five-String Bolt-On Bass

    Back in May we shared an incredible bass by Frederiek de Vette. Shockingly, it was her first ever build. Now she’s followed up with her second bass that looks just as stunning. We’ll let her tell you the story: “For this build, my second, I decided on a five string fretted bass with a bolt-on... »

  • Fodera Unveils Masterbuilt Series Woodblock Emperor II 5 Elite Bass

    Fodera Unveils Masterbuilt Series Woodblock Emperor II 5 Elite Bass

    Fodera has unveiled the latest in their Masterbuilt Series with the “Woodblock” Emperor II 5 Elite. Limited to four basses per year, the Masterbuilt series is described as the pinnacle of what their custom shop can produce. Woodblock was created as a collaborative design with Vinny Fodera and luthiers Vadim Medved and Patrick Blaney, who... »

  • Esh Bass Guitars Available In North America

    Esh Bass Guitars Available In North America

    Esh Bass Guitars has announced their basses will now be available in the United States and Canada. The European manufacturer has been relaunched this year with a North American sales channel. “The Esh bass guitar brand is known for its innovative Eshtronics onboard electronics package as well as edgy and unique body stylings,” the company... »