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  • Ibanez Adds New Color Finishes to SR Premium Series Basses

    Ibanez Adds New Color Finishes to SR Premium Series Basses

    Ibanez stepped up its SR series in 2011 with the SR Premium, which took the company’s flagship model and gave it upgraded features. The series has traditionally kept in the vein of boutique basses with only natural finishes, but Ibanez has announced that the SR Premium 1400E and 1405E will be getting new color options... »

  • Xotic Announces 6-String XJ-1T Bass

    Xotic Announces 6-String XJ-1T Bass

    Xotic has expanded their XJ-1T series with a 6-string bass, which the company describes as having the feel and tone of a traditional jazz-type bass with the addition of two more strings. The 34″ scale bass is fitted with a pair of the company’s single coil pickups and Hum Reduction Inductor circuit that eliminates the... »

  • Bass of the Week: M-Tone Guitars Boki

    Bass of the Week: M-Tone Guitars Boki

    M-Tone Guitars made their first bass earlier this year, and by the looks of it, they got it right the first time. The M-Tone Boki is a custom bass that was hand-built in Portland, Oregon with a “super light” one-piece swamp ash body finished in a gorgeous floral paint job. Its motif is carried over... »

  • Ibanez Introduces Peter Iwers PIB3 5-String Bass

    Ibanez Introduces Peter Iwers PIB3 5-String Bass

    In Flames bassist Peter Iwers has teamed up with Ibanez to release a third signature bass called the PIB3. Featuring a new blood red finish, the company says the new five-string model’s secret weapon is the EQB-IIID 3-band EQ. The mid control is set up to boost at one frequency while cutting at a different... »

  • ADA Amps Introduces Definition Preamp

    ADA Amps Introduces Definition Preamp

    ADA Amps has unveiled the Definition Preamp, a discrete transistor preamplifier housed in a stompbox format. The pedal is designed to get the most out of instruments with passive magnetic pickups. ADA says the Definition’s high impedance and low capacitance allow for passive pickups to “produce their full dynamic and frequency capabilities without introducing compression,... »

  • Aries Basses Introduces the Aman II Bass

    Aries Basses Introduces the Aman II Bass

    Aries Basses has added a new model to their lineup called the Aman II. The design is brings together elements of two of their existing basses with the front pulling from the Aman I and the semi-acoustic body style of their Conis bass. The Aman II is built with a chambered Mahogany body and spruce... »

  • Bass of the Week: Whitt Guitars 5-String Fretless Archtop Acoustic Bass

    Bass of the Week: Whitt Guitars 5-String Fretless Archtop Acoustic Bass

    My friend Gil sent me a heads up for this week’s featured bass, and I’m glad he did. This intriguing instrument is a one-of-a-kind acoustic fretless 5-string bass built by Daniel Whitt of Whitt Guitars. “At Whitt guitars, I build guitars that inspire creativity, capture the imagination and throw everything for a loop,” the bass... »

  • Xotic Launches Line of Bass Strings

    Xotic Launches Line of Bass Strings

    Xotic Guitars has launched their own brand of bass strings including sets for 4-, 5-, and 6-string basses. Available in nickel or stainless steel, the string feature round wound construction and can be ordered for 34″ or 33″ scale basses. The 4-string gauges run .045 to .105 while the 5-string set adds a .125 B-string... »

  • D&A Announces Starfish and Starfish+ Instrument Stands

    D&A Announces Starfish and Starfish+ Instrument Stands

    D&A Guitar Gear has introduced the Starfish, a new floorstand that sets itself apart with five legs that the company says doubles its stability. The added legs allow for the stand to stand tall even at 30 degrees of tilt. The stand comes in two variations: the Starfish and the Starfish+. Both versions feature a... »

  • Big Ear n.y.c. Announces Chaka Octave Fuzz Pedal

    Big Ear n.y.c. Announces Chaka Octave Fuzz Pedal

    Big Ear n.y.c. has unveiled the Chaka, an octave fuzz pedal designed for all instruments, but especially for bass. The pedal features Fuzz, Volume, and Tone knobs for dialing in your tone with a separate footswitch to activate the octave effect. “The fuzz side uses LED clipping diodes which are more aggressive, but less compressed,... »