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  • Thin The Herd Guitars and Birdsong Guitars Announce the CBG 30.5 T-Bass

    Thin The Herd Guitars and Birdsong Guitars Announce the CBG 30.5 T-Bass

    Thin The Herd Guitars recently collaborated with Scott Beckwith of Birdsong Guitars to create the CBG 30.5 T-Bass. The bass takes elements from each of the companies’ instruments. “Scott started with our familiar Model T body, then applied his signature ‘recipe’ for quality tone and ease-of-playability into the design. Loaded with EMG-sized, custom-wound PUNCHBUCKER Pickups... »

  • Bass of the Week: Gretsch G6199 Billy-Bo Bass

    Bass of the Week: Gretsch G6199 Billy-Bo Bass

    This week we’re checking out a hip Gretsch bass that had its start as a blues guitar. The Gretsch G6199 Billy-Bo Bass is a four-string version of the company’s recreation of Bo Diddley’s classic Jupiter Thunderbird guitar he designed in 1959. When he gifted it to Billy Gibbons, the ZZ Top frontman didn’t dare to... »

  • Eastwood Guitars Unveils Two New Basses, Teases Doubleneck 4/6

    Eastwood Guitars Unveils Two New Basses, Teases Doubleneck 4/6

    Eastwood introduced ten new instruments to their Custom Shop this week including two basses and a double neck guitar/bass. As part of their custom shop, each model is released under a crowd-funding/pre-order campaign. The first new bass is the Eastwood EB-1, which of course pays tribute to the Gibson EB-1 released in 1953. “We’ve made... »

  • Eastwood To Reissue Airline Pocket Bass

    Eastwood To Reissue Airline Pocket Bass

    Eastwood Custom Shop is reintroducing another vintage bass with a remake of the Airline Pocket Bass. The short-scale bass, which GE Smith described as one of the best recording basses around, was a widely requested reissue for the company. “This time around we will fix a few of the originals short-comings,” they explained. “We’ll give... »

  • Höfner Introduces the Club Bass 500/2 Double Cut

    Höfner Introduces the Club Bass 500/2 Double Cut

    Höfner has introduced the Club Bass 500/2 Double Cut, a model inspired by the original 1965 model. The short-scale, hollow body bass dishes out old school tone with a double cutaway design for easy access to the upper register. It’s built with a select spruce top and flame maple for its back and sides, which... »

  • Chowny Bass Unveils the SWB Pro

    Chowny Bass Unveils the SWB Pro

    Chowny Bass has expanded their lineup with the SWB Pro, an upgraded version of the bass designed with bassist Scott Whitley. While the short-scale model retains many features, there are a handful of updates. The SWB Pro comes in two finishes – Matt Ash/Walnut or Gloss Ash with Quilt Maple – with other new features... »

  • Supro Unveils the Huntington Bass

    Supro Unveils the Huntington Bass

    Supro has announced the Huntington Bass, a retro model that comes in single, double, or triple pickup configurations. The short-scale bass takes the body shape of an early ’60s Ozark model with the passive electronics and sound design of the equally vintage Supro Pocket Bass. It is built with a choice of mahogany, swamp ash,... »

  • Guild Introduces the Jumbo Junior Bass

    Guild Introduces the Jumbo Junior Bass

    Bassists looking for a super short scale bass have a new option with the Guild Jumbo Junior Bass, a four-string acoustic/electric. It has just a 23¾-inch scale. Part of Guild’s Westerly Collection, the Jumbo Junior bass is built with a solid Sitka spruce top with arched flamed maple for the back and sides. “We chose... »

  • Bass of the Week: Rick Turner Guitars Model 1 Bass

    Bass of the Week: Rick Turner Guitars Model 1 Bass

    This week we’re checking out the Model 1 Bass from the legendary luthier Rick Turner. The instrument is a take on the Alembic co-founder’s Model 1 guitar and features a medium 32-inch scale. Described as “incredibly acoustic and detailed with a modern full-bodied tonal range,” the deluxe version of the bass is built with a... »

  • Bass of the Week: Helios Guitars Capsicum Acoustic Bass

    Bass of the Week: Helios Guitars Capsicum Acoustic Bass

    This week we’re checking out a gorgeous instrument made by Helios Guitars called the Capsicum acoustic bass. Made by hand in Italy, the bass features a stunning body crafted from mahogany for the back, Italian walnut for the sides, and white spruce for the top. As beautiful as it looks, each part of the bass... »