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  • Ibanez Revamps BTB Basses For 2017

    Ibanez Revamps BTB Basses For 2017

    Ibanez’s BTB Standard series is getting a facelift for 2017 with several new features across the line. The BTB845, BTB846, BTB745, and BTB746 all have a new refined body arch, a zero fret, and come standard with D’Addario NYXL strings. Each of the basses are still constructed with a neck-through design featuring a five-piece maple/rosewood... »

  • Bass of the Week: Kanzian & Traunsteiner Viennese Five-String Bass

    Bass of the Week: Kanzian & Traunsteiner Viennese Five-String Bass

    As a double bass player, I love seeing old basses and wondering what stories they could tell. But I also love seeing the creation of new masterpieces, including this Kanzian & Traunsteiner five-string bass. Alex Kanzian and Fabian Traunsteiner are luthiers based in Vienna, Austria that opened their own shop about five years ago. “We... »

  • Sadowsky Guitars Introduces Deluxe Satin Series Basses

    Sadowsky Guitars Introduces Deluxe Satin Series Basses

    After unveiling the Satin Series earlier this year, Sadowsky Guitars has announced the Deluxe Satin line. The basses are made in the company’s New York City shop in batch to keep costs down. The series will be available in their traditional vintage-styled 4-21 and 5-21 models as well as their more modern 4-24 and 5-24... »

  • NS Design Announces WAV5 Radius Bass

    NS Design Announces WAV5 Radius Bass

    NS Design’s WAV Radius electric bass now comes in a five-string version. The WAV5 Radius Bass carries the same features of the WAV4 with the exception of the specs to accommodate the fifth string. Its scale is extended to 35 inches, while the string spacing is reduced to 18 millimeters. As part of the Radius... »

  • Kiesel Guitars Unveils Vanquish Multiscale Basses

    Kiesel Guitars Unveils Vanquish Multiscale Basses

    Kiesel Guitars has introduced two new multi-scale versions of their Vanquish bass. The VM49K and VM59K are four- and five-string basses, respectively, that are the Kiesel custom shop’s first multiscale bass instruments. The design includes fanned frets and offers some technical improvements. “The advantage of a multiscale bass over a traditional instrument is that the... »

  • Fender Unveils American Professional Series Basses

    Fender Unveils American Professional Series Basses

    Fender has unveiled the American Professional Series, which takes the place of their recently discontinued American Standard line. The new series will, of course, include Precision and Jazz bass models, but each will have new features. Updated specs include a new fret shape, new pickups, new electronics, new hardware, and new colors. Both the American... »

  • Bass of the Week: KD Basses Picasso

    Bass of the Week: KD Basses Picasso

    Andy Irvine of The Daily Funk Club shared some pictures of this bass on Facebook and it made me stop scrolling. The Picasso by KD Basses is a colorful, artistic take on the instrument made in Bulgaria. The bass’s body is built with an Elm core, but luthier Kostadin Dimitrov covered it with an irregularly-shaped... »

  • Fodera Unveils “Brooklyn” Bass in Masterbuilt Series

    Fodera Unveils “Brooklyn” Bass in Masterbuilt Series

    Fodera unveiled the third bass in their Masterbuilt line this past week with a special version of their Emperor II 5 Elite. The one-of-a-kind instrument is called “Brooklyn” and pays respect to the New York City borough that the company calls home. “Brooklyn, NY has been a part of the heart and soul of Fodera... »

  • Ernie Ball Music Man Teases 30th Anniversary StingRay5 Bass

    Ernie Ball Music Man Teases 30th Anniversary StingRay5 Bass

    Ernie Ball Music Man has unveiled their 2017 Spring Collection, including a 30th Anniversary StingRay5 model. The 5-string version of their flagship bass was first introduced in 1986 and the company is celebrating gorgeous limited edition version. The bass is built with an ash body covered in a transparent buttercream finish that’s accented with a... »

  • Sadowsky Unveils Vintage Style Single Cut Bass

    Sadowsky Unveils Vintage Style Single Cut Bass

    Roger Sadowsky and crew have introduced a vintage version of their Single Cut model, which was introduced earlier this year. The bass retains the specs of the original bass with two key differences: different pickups and the inclusion of a pickguard and control plate. Sadowsky gave us the scoop on the new pickup set, which... »