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  • ESP Announces LTD Multi-Scale Basses

    ESP Announces LTD Multi-Scale Basses

    ESP got into the multi-scale game this year with the LTD B-1004SE and B-1005SE basses. Four and five-stringers, respectively, the new models have different scales for each string to optimize tension and ergonomics. The multi-scale effect is created with Hipshot solo bridges and a fanned fret design. Both basses are built with a swamp ash... »

  • Sadowsky Unveils Single Cut 24 Fret 5-String Bass

    Sadowsky Unveils Single Cut 24 Fret 5-String Bass

    When we interviewed Chip Shearin last year, he let us in on the scoop that he was working with Roger Sadowsky on a special project. That project came to light at the 2016 NAMM Show with the unveiling of the Sadowsky Single Cut 24 Fret 5-String Bass. “Co-designed with bassist Chip Shearin by both myself... »

  • Ibanez Introduces SR Cerro Singlecut Bass

    Ibanez Introduces SR Cerro Singlecut Bass

    Ibanez has expanded their Bass Workshop and Soundgear models with the SR Cerro, a singlecut bass available in Natural and Deep Twilight finishes. The Cerro’s body connects to the neck from the 24th fret all the way to 13th fret for increased stability and sustain. Built with neck-through construction, it’s built with a mahogany body,... »

  • Peavey Reintroduces the Cirrus Bass

    Peavey Reintroduces the Cirrus Bass

    Nineteen years after it debuted, Peavey reintroduced the Cirrus bass to their instrument lineup at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show. The neck-thru design will once again be available in four-, five-, and six-string models featuring a 35-inch scale maple and mahogany neck. Its alder body wings will be topped by either red oak or walnut.... »

  • Bass of the Week:  Wilkins Road Tested Roasted Cayenne WRTJ5

    Bass of the Week: Wilkins Road Tested Roasted Cayenne WRTJ5

    Made in the USA, the Wilkins Road Tested Roasted Cayenne WRTJ5 Bass is an instrument that the builder says will make you feel right at home. Luthier Pat Wilkins, who has been in the industry since 1976, writes that the WRTJ was developed from years of extensive research on one of the most widely used... »

  • Kiesel Guitars Introduces Vader Headless Bass Series

    Kiesel Guitars Introduces Vader Headless Bass Series

    Kiesel Guitars has introduced a bass version of their Vader Series of instruments. Available in four, five, and six-string versions, the basses feature a headless design with a compact, beveled body for ergonomics. Each version has 24 frets and a 34-inch scale, though the option of a 30-inch short scale is available. Standard features include... »

  • Fodera Introduces Emperor II Hybrid and Tony Grey Signature Monarch Basses

    Fodera Introduces Emperor II Hybrid and Tony Grey Signature Monarch Basses

    Fodera has announced two new basses with the Emperor II Hybrid and the Tony Grey Signature Monarch. Both instruments are handmade in their custom shop and are expansions on their flagship models. The Emperor II Hybrid takes their classic Emperor singlecut and introduces the Hybrid chambered body design. Fodera says the bass shares the complex... »

  • Willcox Introduces Saber SL HexFX Edition Basses

    Willcox Introduces Saber SL HexFX Edition Basses

    Willcox is now shipping a new version of their Saber SL bass called the HexFX Edition. The new model has a 13-pin DIN connector that allows for individual string outputs in addition to the Lightwave Optical Pickup System. “The HexFX Editions bring the individual string outputs, along with a summed mono output, to a 13-pin... »

  • Teye Guitars Unveils Super Coyote Bass Prototypes

    Teye Guitars Unveils Super Coyote Bass Prototypes

    After relaunching the brand earlier this year, Teye Guitars has unveiled the prototypes for a new bass model called the Super Coyote Bass. The instrument, which feature the company’s signature acid-etched aluminum artwork, was designed with AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams. “When Cliff Williams received his first Teye-bass, a superb Master series ‘La Mora’, his immediate... »

  • Gear Review: Sire Guitars Marcus Miller V7 5-String Bass

    Gear Review: Sire Guitars Marcus Miller V7 5-String Bass

    Sire Guitars’ Marcus Miller V7 5-String Bass really caught me off guard, more about that after the details. This instrument is definitely of the Fender-style design. The body and neck feel as you would expect from this approach. The Maple neck had that full rounded profile associated with J basses, and the Ash wood body... »