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  • Ibanez Adds Fanned Fret SR Models to Bass Workshop Series

    Ibanez Adds Fanned Fret SR Models to Bass Workshop Series

    One of the many new basses at Ibanez’s booth this year was the SRFF, a fanned-fret version of their flagship SR bass. Available in five and six-string models, the bass features a multi-scale setup to optimize the tonal performance of each string. “The goal of the fanned-fret system is to even the tension of each... »

  • 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... »

  • Fodera Introduces Monarch 4 and Emperor 5 Standard Classic Basses

    Fodera Introduces Monarch 4 and Emperor 5 Standard Classic Basses

    Fodera went old school at NAMM this year by introducing the Standard Classics line, including the Monarch 4 and Emperor 5 Standard Classics. The new models retain the qualities of Fodera’s Standard series models while taking on a classic aesthetic. “All our tone woods and everything are from the same Brooklyn shop [and are] the... »

  • Bass of the Week: BL Design Marozi #014

    Bass of the Week: BL Design Marozi #014

    One of the first basses we featured in the Bass of the Week series was the redwood themed BL Design Barbary. After revisiting the BL Design website I found this unbelievable 5-string Marozi that centers around a stunning spalted myrtle burl top. The Marozi is one of luthier Beau Leopard’s double cutaway designs. This particular... »

  • Marcus Miller Teams with Sire Guitars for New Signature Basses

    Marcus Miller Teams with Sire Guitars for New Signature Basses

    Marcus Miller has a new line of signature instruments with Sire Guitars. The series is based on two models – the J-bass inspired V7 and the modern-styled M3 – and aims to create quality instruments at low prices. Miller describes how the series comes about in this interview video: Available in four or five-string versions,... »

  • AC Guitars Announces Border Reiver Travel Bass

    AC Guitars Announces Border Reiver Travel Bass

    AC Guitars is introducing a new compact model called the Border Reiver Travel Bass. Hand-built in Scotland, the headless bass takes its name from a piece of local history. “Border Reivers were bands of raiders that operated on both sides of the English/Scottish border from the 13th to 17th century,” luthier Alan Cringean explains. “So... »

  • Pedulla Guitars Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Limited Edition Basses

    Pedulla Guitars Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Limited Edition Basses

    Forty years in business is quite an accomplishment, and Pedulla Guitars is celebrating that very milestone with a limited edition collection of basses. Michael Pedulla, who started the company in 1975, has made one limited edition 40th Anniversary version of each of his bass models including the MVP, the Pentabuzz, the Rapture, the Nuance, and... »

  • Bass of the Week: Willcox Guitars Saber SL

    Bass of the Week: Willcox Guitars Saber SL

    This week we check out the Willcox Saber SL, a bass that is set apart by its innovative Lightwave pickups. Originally built under the LightWave moniker, designer Chris Willcox created a separate guitar company to put out his instruments. Willcox invented the LightWave optical pickup and incorporates it into the Saber SL. “The LightWave Optical... »

  • Bass of the Week: LedBelli Bass Guitars Jonah #015

    Bass of the Week: LedBelli Bass Guitars Jonah #015

    I love checking out new basses that set themselves apart from the pack, and the LedBelli Jonah does just that. The fretless, single-cut, semi-hollow bass is a real eye catcher. The company just shared pictures of the recently completed Jonah #015, which features a stunning book-matched California Redwood burl theme. The bass’s body is semi-hollow... »

  • MTD Kingston Announces Saratoga Deluxe Jazz Bass

    MTD Kingston Announces Saratoga Deluxe Jazz Bass

    MTD Kingston is introducing the Saratoga Deluxe Jazz bass at Winter NAMM 2015. A riff on their Saratoga bass, the Deluxe model includes active/passive operation with a bypassable 3-band EQ. The Saratoga Deluxe comes in three finishes: limited edition satin honey burst, satin dark cherry burst, or gloss transparent black. Its maple neck sports an... »