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  • Dan Lakin Launches D. Lakin Basses with Two New Models

    Dan Lakin Launches D. Lakin Basses with Two New Models

    Three years after selling Lakland Basses to a private investment group, Dan Lakin is getting back into the bass building business. His new company, D. Lakin Basses, is launching two new models that with his signature artists Joe Osborn and Bob Glaub. The Joe Osborn 4 is defined by a pair of single coil D.... »

  • Rikkers Custom Basses Announces Acoustiline and Acidline Basses

    Rikkers Custom Basses Announces Acoustiline and Acidline Basses

    Dutch luthier Rikkers Custom Basses turns thirty this year, and to celebrate the company has introduced two new bass models: the Acoustiline and the Acidline. As with the rest of their instruments, the basses are hand made in the North of Holland. The Rikkers Acoustiline is a unique hollow body acoustic bass defined by its... »

  • Shredneck Introduces Z-Series Travel Basses

    Shredneck Introduces Z-Series Travel Basses

    Shredneck, a company that specializes in practice and travel instruments, has introduced the Z-Series of travel basses. At a total body length of 36.25″, the Z-Series bass is approximately 5/8ths the size of a standard bass guitar. The instrument’s 2-piece nato body is loaded with a PJ pickup configuration with volume and tone controls. The... »

  • AC Guitars Introduces The Krell Single Cut Model Bass

    AC Guitars Introduces The Krell Single Cut Model Bass

    Scottish luthier Alan Cringean of AC Guitars has introduced a singlecut version of his Krell bass, which was unveiled last year. The new model features all of the body contours of its predecessor but replaces the upper horn with a continuous slab to connect more of the neck to the body. The new design features... »

  • Spector Unveils Helium Series Basses

    Spector Unveils Helium Series Basses

    Spector introduced their Helium Series of NS and Forte basses at Winter NAMM this year. The series uses a unique combination of reclaimed woods to create basses that weigh in at seven pounds and twelve ounces. “The top of this neck thru body instruments wings are carved from quarter sawn sycamore obtained from salvaged logs... »

  • MTD Releases Norm Stockton Artist Edition Bass

    MTD Releases Norm Stockton Artist Edition Bass

    After two years of tweaking, MTD has released the Norm Stockton Artist Edition Bass. The bass is based on the company’s Saratoga model while combining features of Stockton’s previous MTD basses, including a more rounded arm contour and a strap button position that’s moved up like a 535. Key to the instrument’s design is its... »

  • Höfner Renames “Beatle Bass” Reissue Line of Basses

    Höfner Renames “Beatle Bass” Reissue Line of Basses

    Höfner has announced that their line of 500/1 Violin “Beatle Basses” are getting new names to more accurately represent their time. The construction and fittings will remain unchanged. “Due to the sequence that re-issue models were released in, more than 10 years ago, the [Paul] McCartney spec bass became the Vintage ’62 Re-issue despite the... »

  • ESP Introduces LTD RB Series Design with Rocco Prestia

    ESP Introduces LTD RB Series Design with Rocco Prestia

    ESP has introduced the RB Series of basses to their LTD line. Designed over the course of a year with Tower of Power’s Rocco Prestia, the bass is built to offer tonal flexibility. The RB comes in 4-, 5-, and 6-string versions in either Natural or Honey Natural finishes. Each bass is fitted with Aguilar... »

  • Fender Announces Online Configurator with American Design Experience

    Fender Announces Online Configurator with American Design Experience

    Ever wanted to mix and match your favorite parts of a Fender? Now you can with the company’s new American Design Experience. Originally introduced in 2011 at the Fender Visitor Center in Corona, California, the direct-to-consumer program now has an online presence to allow you to customize your own instrument via an online configurator tool.... »

  • Dean Reintroduces Stylist Cabbie Bass

    Dean Reintroduces Stylist Cabbie Bass

    After discontinuing the model in 2007, Dean has reintroduced the Stylist Cabbie Bass. The outlandish semi-hollow bass stands out with a yellow top and a black and white checkerboard design on the back and sides. The 4-string bass features a 32″ scale. Its maple neck sports a “C”-shape profile and is topped with a rosewood... »