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  • Yamaha Revamps BB Series Basses for 2017

    Yamaha Revamps BB Series Basses for 2017

    Yamaha’s BB Bass series is growing this summer with nine new models that debuted at the Summer NAMM Show. The reworked basses, which range from entry-level to professional, will feature a smaller body among other upgrades. The new line starts with the four-string BB234 and five-string BB235. Each is built a solid alder body fitted... »

  • Warwick Unveils Limited Edition Teambuilt 35th Anniversary Basses

    Warwick Unveils Limited Edition Teambuilt 35th Anniversary Basses

    Each year, Warwick releases a special master-built, limited-edition model. This year they’re celebrating their 35th anniversary with a version of the Thumb NT, but they’ve also just announced a companion model in their Teambuilt series. The Warwick Teambuilt Pro Series Thumb BO LTD 2017 will come in four and five-string models limited to 100 units... »

  • Modulus Graphite Unveils the Funk Unlimited RevOLite Bass

    Modulus Graphite Unveils the Funk Unlimited RevOLite Bass

    Modulus Graphite has expanded on their Funk Unlimited model with the RevOLite version. Designed by master builder Joe Perman, the Funk Unlimited RevOLite carries the same shape with advanced carbon fiber reinforced construction that increases rigidity and reducing weight. The bass weighs in at just 6.5 pounds. The RevOLite’s body is built with carbon fiber-reinforced... »

  • Ibanez Updates BTB Premium Basses

    Ibanez Updates BTB Premium Basses

    After revamping their standard BTB line earlier this year, Ibanez has now announced an updated version of their BTB Premium basses for 2017. The new 1805E and 1806E BTB Premium basses feature the combination of a rosewood and ash body with a nine-piece wenge/bubinga/maple neck-through design. The neck is also reinforced with graphite rods. They’ve... »

  • Sandberg Announces Steamed Oak Fingerboards

    Sandberg Announces Steamed Oak Fingerboards

    To keep up with the new CITES regulations on rosewood, Sandberg Guitars has turned to a new fingerboard option: steamed oak. The innovation was first shown at NAMM this year as a prototype. “Oak is a very eco-friendly and sustainable wood with very desirable sonic qualities and dynamic response,” the company wrote in a press... »

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  • Cort Introduces the GB74JJ Bass

    Cort Introduces the GB74JJ Bass

    Cort has expanded their GB7 series of guitars and basses with the GB74JJ, a jazz-style bass that they describe as integrating both modern and classic aspects. That blend is centered in its pair of VTB-ST pickups that are fitted into a swamp ash body. “Crafted with winding materials that maximize high and low frequencies, the... »

  • Fender Unveils CB-60SCE Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Fender Unveils CB-60SCE Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Fender has introduced the Classic Design series that they say is aimed at the company’s acoustic tone and aesthetic at an affordable price. The lineup includes the CB-60SCE, an acoustic bass guitar featuring a slim-taper neck profile and rolled fingerboard edges for playability. Its concert-bass body is built with a solid spruce top with mahogany... »

  • Ibanez Announces Six-String Fretless Portamento Bass

    Ibanez Announces Six-String Fretless Portamento Bass

    Ibanez announced the expansion of their Portamento Fretless bass series with a six-string version. The SRF706 will retain the features of its four and five-string predecessors while adding a high C string. The bass is built with neck-through construction featuring a five-piece maple and bubinga neck, mahogany body wings, and a rosewood fingerboard. Ibanez fits... »

  • 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... »