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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... »

  • 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... »

  • 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... »

  • Jackson Introduces David Ellefson Signature Kelly Bird V Bass

    Jackson Introduces David Ellefson Signature Kelly Bird V Bass

    Jackson Guitars has announced a 5-string version of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s signature Kelly Bird Bass. Building on the 4-string version, the bass retains many of the same features including a basswood body and a bolt-on bound maple neck with block inlays. The bass is fitted with a pair of EMG HZ40 pickups matched with... »

  • Ernie Ball Music Man Announces Neptune Blue Package to Premier Dealer Network

    Ernie Ball Music Man Announces Neptune Blue Package to Premier Dealer Network

    Ernie Ball/Music Man is now taking orders for their Neptune Blue edition of basses and guitars as part of their Premier Dealer Network. The series is based around an African Mahogany body with a custom Neptune Blue finish and can be ordered on most models. Each bass will be built with a figured, roasted maple... »

  • Sterling by Music Man Adds Natural Finish to Lefty Ray34 Series Bass

    Sterling by Music Man Adds Natural Finish to Lefty Ray34 Series Bass

    Sterling by Music Man introduced a new natural finish to the left-handed version of the Ray34 bass at this year’s Summer NAMM show. The natural finish allows for the bass’s lightweight ash body to be show through. The bass retains the features of the Ray34 series including maple neck, a single alnico humbucker pickup, and... »

  • Sandberg Guitars Introduces Serpentine Finish

    Sandberg Guitars Introduces Serpentine Finish

    Sandberg Guitars has been turning heads with interesting finishes on special handmade custom instruments. The company has now announced they’ve acquired a CNC machine that allows them to produce a new option called the Serpentine Finish, which brings two different types of woods together for each of the bass’s wooden components. “We have been doing... »

  • 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,... »

  • 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... »