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  • Bass of the Week: Lowe Custom Guitars Chromasonic

    Bass of the Week: Lowe Custom Guitars Chromasonic

    Luthier Brad Lowe launched his custom instrument business in 2009 in order to combine his lifelong interests of the musical, visual, and industrial arts. His flagship bass model called the Chromasonic is proof that he’s on the right track. Available in 4- and 5-string versions, the bass is designed with a unique body shape that… »

  • TC Electronic Announces Limited Edition Ditto Looper Gold

    TC Electronic Announces Limited Edition Ditto Looper Gold

    TC Electronic is re-issuing the original Ditto Looper with a limited edition gold-colored run of the compact looping pedal. Limited to 5,000 units, the pedal will retain the same features as its predecessor including its true-bypass, analog dry-through design. The Ditto Looper simplifies the concept of a looping pedal with a single footswitch for starting… »

  • OZZtosh Introduces LUMA Aluminum Body Bass

    OZZtosh Introduces LUMA Aluminum Body Bass

    OZZtosh unveiled their latest creation, the LUMA Bass, at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee last week. The bass follows suit with the rest of their LUMA series and is CNC machined from a 6061 solid aluminum billet. The instrument is then hand polished and assembled in the U.S. Weighing in at 8.7 pounds,… »

  • ValveTrain Amplification Announces Brandywine All-Tube Bass Amp

    ValveTrain Amplification Announces Brandywine All-Tube Bass Amp

    Amp company ValveTrain has announced the Brandywine amplifier, a 50-watt all-tube bass amp inspired by the bass amps for the early ‘60s. The amp is described as marrying vintage tone with modern features and was designed primarily for studio use. Instead of a simple pad, the amp starts with a variable pad on the input… »

  • Rick Turner Teams Up with Michael Kelly Guitars to Release Licensed Renaissance Bass

    Rick Turner Teams Up with Michael Kelly Guitars to Release Licensed Renaissance Bass

    Luthier Rick Turner has teamed up with Michael Kelly Guitars to release a licensed line of his Renaissance instruments, including the Renaissance Bass. Turner, who co-founded Alembic in 1970, has been making the series by hand up until now. The Michael Kelly MKB4SB Renaissance Bass is a chambered acoustic 4-string bass built with an okumé… »

  • Bass of the Week: James Colby’s Homemade “Glitzy” Bass

    Bass of the Week: James Colby’s Homemade “Glitzy” Bass

    Sometimes if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. We love it when bassists take building their instrument into their own hands, and Jim Colby nailed it with his bass that he calls “Glitzy.” ”‘Glitzy’ came about due to my love of 60’s Fender basses, and a meager paycheck,” the bassist… »

  • Ella Basses Introduces Isaac Singlecut Bass

    Ella Basses Introduces Isaac Singlecut Bass

    Ella Basses has introduced a new singlecut model called the Isaac. Named after luthier Jeff Power’s son, the bass is handmade and can be ordered to suit. The Isaac has been made in 4- and 5-string versions with standard features including set-neck construction, Bartolini pickups and electronics, and Hipshot hardware. The first 4-string Isaac is… »

  • Seymour Duncan Announces NYC Bass Pickups

    Seymour Duncan Announces NYC Bass Pickups

    Seymour Duncan has announced a new line of pickups. Similar to pickups found on the city’s handcrafted basses, the new NYC Bass Pickups use a dual coil J-type pickup design with a double row of exposed Alnico pole pieces. They are also made for flexibility with a four conductor cable that allows for three wiring… »

  • Digital Audio Labs Adds Expansion Products to Stompblox Pedalboard Line

    Digital Audio Labs Adds Expansion Products to Stompblox Pedalboard Line

    Digital Audio Labs has extended their line of Stompblox modular pedalboards with the Stompblox Riser and the Stompblox Extend. The new products are the first two modular expansion products that connect to the Stompblox system to expand its functionality. Intended to make the back row more accessible, Stompblox Risers are designed to snap into the… »

  • Dean Markley Introduces Blue Steel Nickel-Plated Bass Strings

    Dean Markley Introduces Blue Steel Nickel-Plated Bass Strings

    After keeping them to limited to artists and exclusive dealers, Dean Markley has launched a nickel-plated version of their Blue Steel bass strings. Similar to the stainless steel set, the Blue Steel Nickel-Plated strings are cryogenically frozen with liquid nitrogen to improve their lifespan. The company describes the strings as gentler to the touch. Nickel… »