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  • Fender Issues Update on Use of Rosewood

    Fender Issues Update on Use of Rosewood

    At the beginning of the year, new CITES regulations went into effect for all species of rosewood. The wood is very common in basses and other stringed instruments as a fretboard material. To address the issue, Fender released a statement on how they are changing their instruments to deal with the new regulation. “Fender is... »

  • G&L Guitars Unveils Kiloton 5 Bass

    G&L Guitars Unveils Kiloton 5 Bass

    After introducing the Kiloton bass late last year, G&L Guitars has now unveiled a five-string version of the model. The Kiloton 5 adds a low B-string while retaining features of the four-string. Its body comes in alder or swamp ash and is based on the company’s SB-2, which was designed by Leo Fender. The neck... »

  • Epiphone Unveils Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Jack Casady Bass

    Epiphone Unveils Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Jack Casady Bass

    Jack Casady and Epiphone are celebrating twenty years since the introduction of the bass legend’s signature bass. Launched in 1997, the bass will be offered this year in a special limited edition outfit defined by a flame maple veneer top and a Wine Red finish. It will also come with a custom gig bag, deluxe... »

  • SVS Designs Introduces the Adapt Bass

    SVS Designs Introduces the Adapt Bass

    Luthier Shawn Shannon was showing off his production bass prototypes at the NAMM Show this year, and now the first model is available for order. The SVS Designs Adapt is a four-string bass designed to provide tonal clarity in standard, drop, and sub tuning that the company says is normally exclusive to five and six-string... »

  • ESP Adds Fretless and 5-String Basses to LTD Thinline Series

    ESP Adds Fretless and 5-String Basses to LTD Thinline Series

    ESP expanded their Thinline acoustic bass series this year with the TL-4Z Fretless and the TL-5SM. The models are four- and five-string basses, respectively, that feature modern aesthetic with exotic tops. The TL-4Z Fretless carries the same features of the TL-4Z in a fretless format. Its body is built with chambered mahogany and topped by... »

  • ESP Unveils New Frank Bello Signature Model Basses

    ESP Unveils New Frank Bello Signature Model Basses

    Anthrax’s Frank Bello teamed up with ESP again this year to create a new signature bass, resulting in the custom shop Frank Bello J-4 and the LTD Series FB-J4. Each bass is a take on a classic P/J design in a sleek black color scheme with red accents. The custom shop version is crafted one... »

  • Italia Guitars Unveils the Maranello Cavo Bass

    Italia Guitars Unveils the Maranello Cavo Bass

    Italia Guitars unveiled a handful of new instruments at Musikmesse this year including the Maranello Cavo Bass. The short-scale, semi-hollow four-stringer is described as “packing an enormous punch in a very comfortable package.” Available in Racing Green and Translucent Cocoa colors, the retro-styled bass is built with a chambered mahogany body complete with the company’s... »

  • Ibanez Adds to SR Premium Series Basses

    Ibanez Adds to SR Premium Series Basses

    Ibanez freshened up their SR Premium line with two new finishes for 2017. The SR1400-MLG and the SR1405E-GWH are the first in the series to feature gloss finishes and come in Mojito Lime Green and Glacial White, respectively. Each model is built in the company’s premium factory with a mahogany body, figured maple top, five-piece... »

  • Kiesel Guitars Introduces Aries Bass Series

    Kiesel Guitars Introduces Aries Bass Series

    Kiesel Guitars has expanded their bass lineup with the Aries series, which comes in four-, five-, and six-string versions. The made-in-the-USA model is based on their Aries guitar and carries similar aesthetics in a bigger package. As with the rest of Kiesel’s custom shop instruments, the Aries bass is available with a wide range of... »

  • Reverend Guitars Unveils 20th Anniversary Mercalli Basses

    Reverend Guitars Unveils 20th Anniversary Mercalli Basses

    Reverend Guitars is celebrating 20 years in the business with a special 20th Anniversary Mercalli Bass. Available in four and five-string versions, the bass carries many of the same features as the standard Mercalli with several special features. Most notable is the eye-catching sky blue flame maple top adorned with a brushed aluminum pickguard. It... »