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  • Ibanez Introduces Compact Acoustic Electric Basses

    Ibanez Introduces Compact Acoustic Electric Basses

    Ibanez has launched two new compact acoustic basses with the AVNB1E and the AVNB1FE. The basses, which are fretted and fretless models respectively, feature a 634-millimeter scale with parlor shape body. “Our short-scale parlor basses offer players compact acoustic options which are better suited for small stages, make for easier trips, and do so without... »

  • Talking Technique: Short-Scale Bass Shedding

    Talking Technique: Short-Scale Bass Shedding

    Short-scale basses have recently enjoyed a bit of a resurgence – be it as an alternate tool in a pro’s kit or as a main axe chosen for its sound, lightweight, easy playability and hip factor. In this episode, we’ll explore some right-hand, left-hand, and coordination drills that will help you wrap your mind around... »

  • Höfner Unveils the H500/5 “Reeperbahn” Bass

    Höfner Unveils the H500/5 “Reeperbahn” Bass

    Höfner has reissued another part of their history with the H500/5 “Reeperbahn” bass. Based on the 500/5 that was produced between the ’50s and ’70s, the instrument features a large hollow body and short scale neck. It was famously used by a Beatle, though not the one you’re thinking of. “Although used by many players... »

  • Ibanez Unveils the BTB845V Bass

    Ibanez Unveils the BTB845V Bass

    Back in 2015, Ibanez introduced a five-string bass to their Bass Workshop Series they called the Volo. The bass featured a shorter 33-inch scale and was tuned E to C for a higher range. Now Ibanez has brought the model back as the BTB845V. The spirit of Volo lives on through the new bass has... »

  • Bass of the Week: Tuli Basses HIILYX

    Bass of the Week: Tuli Basses HIILYX

    I’m always floored by Tuli Basses, and builder Aron Bach made my day by sending me the details of his latest HIILYX bass. The six-string bass is the new single cut model that he revealed at the 2018 London Bass Guitar Show. Even with six strings and a single cut body, the HIILYX comes in... »

  • Spector Introduces the Bantam 4 Short-Scale Bass

    Spector Introduces the Bantam 4 Short-Scale Bass

    Spector was showing off several new models at the 2018 Winter NAMM Show including the new Bantam 4, a short-scale bass with a chambered alder body. The combo of features helps to keep the bass’s weight down to just seven pounds. The basses are built with a carved NS-style body topped with quilted maple in... »

  • 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... »