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  • Zon Introduces Billy Gould Signature BG4 Bass

    Zon Introduces Billy Gould Signature BG4 Bass

    Zon’s booth at NAMM this year was highlighted by the release of the Billy Gould Signature BG4 Bass. The instrument has several unique features, including a tulip wood boy, a black satin finish, and a Hipshot D-tuner, but its electronics push the envelope. The BG4 is fitted with a pair of Bartolini pickups which seemingly... »

  • Ibanez Introduces BTB33 Volo Bass

    Ibanez Introduces BTB33 Volo Bass

    Ibanez has introduced the BTB Volo to their conceptual Bass Workshop Series. The Volo is a fresh take on the company’s BTB model that is aimed at players looking to explore the higher registers. The five-string bass features a shorter 33-inch scale and comes factory tuned from E to C, which Ibanez points out is... »

  • Aguilar Unveils Super Double Pickups

    Aguilar Unveils Super Double Pickups

    Aguilar introduced the Super Double Pickups at NAMM this year. The pickups feature dual rows of Alnico 5 pole pieces that the company says dishes out a “thick yet articulate tone” as well as hum-canceling performance. The pickups come in versions for four, five, and six-string basses. Aguilar builds them in their New York City... »

  • Ibanez Announces Talman Bass Series

    Ibanez Announces Talman Bass Series

    Ibanez is taking a page out of the old school with their new Talman Bass Series, consisting of the TMB300 and TMB100. The basses, which feature a retro aesthetic, share many of the same features with the 300 having an edge in features. Both models are built with a mahogany body, maple neck, and rosewood... »

  • Bass of the Week: Bruno Régis Custom 4-String Bass

    Bass of the Week: Bruno Régis Custom 4-String Bass

    I love checking out fledgling bass builders and self-starters, so when Alain Guiraud sent a note about his new bass, I got just as excited as he did. His friend and guitarist Bruno Régis created an axe that mixes and matches features from a handful of basses. Guiraud says it is his friend’s first order,... »

  • Laney Amplification Unveils the Nexus Studio Live Bass Amp

    Laney Amplification Unveils the Nexus Studio Live Bass Amp

    Laney Amplification has expanded their Nexus series of bass amps with the Nexus Studio Live, a hybrid tube bass amp designed for use on stage or in a session. The core of the amp includes a ECC83 tube in the preamp and a class D amps for a total output of 1,000 watts, but that’s... »

  • D’Angelico Guitars Introduces EX-SD Bass

    D’Angelico Guitars Introduces EX-SD Bass

    After introducing the EX-Bass two years ago, D’Angelico announced the solidbody EX-SD Bass at this year’s NAMM Show. The four-string bass features a chambered mahogany body topped with flame maple and a mahogany neck. Its rosewood fingerboard holds 21 frets and is adorned with mother of pearl block inlays as position markers. The EX-SD is... »

  • Warwick Introduces Stu Hamm Signature Bass

    Warwick Introduces Stu Hamm Signature Bass

    Warwick introduced a new signature bass for Stuart Hamm during the NAMM Show this year. The new model is based on the company’s Streamer with extended contouring and a deeper cutaway for improved access to the higher register. The Stu Hamm Signature bass is built with an alder body and five-piece birdseye maple and rosewood... »

  • Old School: John Worster / Arvell Shaw Bohemian Double Bass (Circa 1820)

    Old School: John Worster / Arvell Shaw Bohemian Double Bass (Circa 1820)

    A couple of weeks ago, Damian Erskine sent me an email filled with excitement. Here’s an excerpt: You know about my trip to pick up my dad’s bass in St Louis, right? Well, Jim Widner (who cared for it for the past 25 years) pointed out a name carved in the front. Faint but clear:... »

  • Dunlop Debuts Marcus Miller Super Bright Strings

    Dunlop Debuts Marcus Miller Super Bright Strings

    Dunlop’s booth at this year’s NAMM Show was buzzing with the announcement Marcus Miller had joined forces with them to create a signature line of strings. “Starting with our new Super Bright formula, we worked closely with him to develop strings that perfectly complement his sound—crisp and cutting with a big fundamental and powerful low... »