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  • Kiesel/Carvin Guitars Unveils RV69K Roy Vogt Signature Vanquish Bass

    Kiesel/Carvin Guitars Unveils RV69K Roy Vogt Signature Vanquish Bass

    Nashville bassist and educator Roy Vogt has teamed up with Kiesel/Carvin Guitars to release the RV69K Roy Vogt Signature Vanquish Bass. The 6-string bass, which is the first bass to carry the Kiesel badge, is made in the USA in the company’s custom shop and can be ordered with a variety of options. Standard features... »

  • Maxon Introduces the BD10 Hybrid Bass Driver

    Maxon Introduces the BD10 Hybrid Bass Driver

    Maxon has announced the BD10 Hybrid Bass Driver, a bass overdrive pedal that features a symmetrical clipping circuit for “heavy yet articulate distortion.” The company teamed up with famed Japanese bassist Masaki to design the unit to keep up with extended techniques. The BD10 has a dedicated clean level for mixing in your dry signal.... »

  • Bass of the Week: o3 Guitars Rhodium Purplehaze

    Bass of the Week: o3 Guitars Rhodium Purplehaze

    This week we take a look at another eye-catching bass from o3 Custom Guitars called the Rhodium. The Spanish-made bass is also called the Purplehaze due to its gorgeous purple satin finish over its ash body. Its neck is a five-piece laminate comprised of flamed maple and wenge with a pau ferro toneblock. The bass... »

  • LedBelli Bass Guitars Introduces Jonah “Thin Wing” Bass

    LedBelli Bass Guitars Introduces Jonah “Thin Wing” Bass

    Bass luthier Cleve Johnson has introduced a new model to his lineup from LedBelli Bass Guitars called the Jonah “Thin Wing.” The bass is a variation on LedBelli’s flagship Jonah with extra shaping for a slimmer profile. “The ‘wings’ of the bass are heavily contoured and thin, thus the ‘thin-wing’ designation,” Johnson explains. “The thickest... »

  • MK Introduces Passive Jazz Electric Upright Bass

    MK Introduces Passive Jazz Electric Upright Bass

    Electric upright bass company MK has announced a new passive jazz model of their flagship bass. The Jazz-P features piezo transducer pickups and passive electronics, which MK says solves tonal problems of the bass including noise at high levels of amplification. It’s built with a single piece of horse chestnut for the body and neck... »

  • EBS Introduces Magni 500 Bass Combo Series

    EBS Introduces Magni 500 Bass Combo Series

    EBS has taken their Reidmar amp design and built it into a new series of combo amps. The Magni 500 bass combo series features 210 and 115 models that incorporate an all-analog preamp with a lightweight power amp section. Both the 210 and 115 configurations include a tweeter to fill out their range. Similar to... »

  • Elixir Revamps Bass Strings

    Elixir Revamps Bass Strings

    After getting feedback from over a thousand bass players, Elixir Strings has announced they’ve revamped their Nanoweb coated bass strings. “We recently decided to broaden our range in both Nickel Plated and Stainless Steel Strings,” says application engineer Justin Fogelman. “New and refined gauges and single strings give bassists a tool to find what really... »

  • Bass of the Week: MBJ Guitars Nutsy Bass

    Bass of the Week: MBJ Guitars Nutsy Bass

    Joe Kruse has spent the past eight years working with Carl Thompson and two more years in Roger Sadowsky’s shop. Now he’s striking out on his own with MBJ Guitars, which focuses on unique short-scale designs and killer wood combinations. The luthier gave us the rundown on his Nutsy bass, which is our bass of... »

  • Schecter Introduces Diamond Plus Basses

    Schecter Introduces Diamond Plus Basses

    New for 2015, Schecter has built upon their Diamond Series of basses with the Diamond Plus Series. The new lineup includes the Diamond-J Plus and Diamond-P Plus in a variety of finishes. Both models are built with a choice of swamp ash or alder for the body, a 6-bolt maple with carbon fiber reinforcements, and... »

  • Ernie Ball Introduces Slinky Flatwound Bass Strings

    Ernie Ball Introduces Slinky Flatwound Bass Strings

    Ernie Ball is fusing the elements of two types of strings with their new Slinky Flatwound Electric Bass Guitar Strings. Developed with the company’s patented cobalt steel alloy, the strings are described as having the sound of round wound strings with the smooth feel of traditional flatwound strings. The strings are constructed with a cobalt... »