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  • Kala Revamps California Series U-Basses for 2016

    Kala Revamps California Series U-Basses for 2016

    Kala has revamped their California U-Bass series for 2016. The mini-scale, solid-body instruments will have reshaped necks and bodies, plus new placement for the fret markers on the fingerboard. “The California body and neck have been cut and sanded to smoother, more rounded edges so they provide more comfort for the player,” The company writes.... »

  • Eastwood To Revive Teisco Spectrum 5 Bass

    Eastwood To Revive Teisco Spectrum 5 Bass

    Eastwood’s Custom Shop is reviving another classic instrument with their new model called the Spectrum 5 Bass. Based on the Teisco Spectrum 5, the bass version is a four-string that will feature a precision German carved top in the spirit of the original. The bass will carry many of the same vintage features, though Eastwood... »

  • Fender Updates Deluxe Series Basses

    Fender Updates Deluxe Series Basses

    Fender has revamped their Deluxe series of instruments into a more cohesive lineup with a shared set of upgrades. The series includes new versions of the Deluxe Active Precision Bass Special, the Deluxe Active Jazz Bass, and the Deluxe Active Dimension Bass. Each of the basses now has a 12-inch fingerboard radius, active/passive electronics, a... »

  • Ibanez Adds New Finishes For Summer 2016

    Ibanez Adds New Finishes For Summer 2016

    Ibanez has added new finishes to a host of their electric basses, including the Gio series, the SR300 series, and the Talman TMB310. Each of the entry level basses have a pair of new color options. The Ibanez Gio series will now include the GSR200SDL, a Soda Blue 4-string, and the GSR205DVM Deep Violet Metallic... »

  • Birdsong Guitars Introduces Sparrow Bass and SD Curlee Phoenix

    Birdsong Guitars Introduces Sparrow Bass and SD Curlee Phoenix

    The short-scale masters at Birdsong Guitars have taken things a step further by adding the Sparrow Bass to their lineup. Originally introduced as a prototype, the model features an incredibly short 25.5-inch scale. Birdsong explains on their website: “The thought was this – if our 31″ scales behave & speak like 34s, could we do... »

  • Spector Adds Walnut Stain Model to Legend Neck-Thru Series

    Spector Adds Walnut Stain Model to Legend Neck-Thru Series

    Spector has expanded their Legend series of instruments with the Legend Neck-Thru Walnut Stain bass. Available in four- and five-string versions, the model features the company’s flagship NS body design built with a figured maple top and carved maple body finished in a rich walnut stain. The bass is fitted with a pair of passive... »

  • LedBelli Bass Guitars Unveils Majestic Model

    LedBelli Bass Guitars Unveils Majestic Model

    Luthier Cleve Johnson of LeBelli Basses has unveiled a new flagship model called the Majestic. The bass, which is the company’s seventh model, sets itself apart in shape as well as construction. “The Majestic is a departure from the rest of the LedBelli line in that it is the only LedBelli model that does not... »

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  • Stonefield Musical Instruments Introduces Freekbass Signature Model

    Stonefield Musical Instruments Introduces Freekbass Signature Model

    New Zealand’s Stonefield Musical Instruments has teamed up with Freekbass to produce a signature model. Based on the company’s Model 1-4C, the bass has special tweaks to fit the funk bassist’s style. “Using the dense and somewhat brittle African wenge for the top wood and Solomon Island ebony for the fingerboard adds a bite to... »

  • Fender Unveils Flea Signature Jazz Bass

    Fender Unveils Flea Signature Jazz Bass

    Fender has teamed up with bass legend Flea to release the Flea Signature Jazz Bass. The new model is a recreation of the bassist’s Shell Pink 1961 Jazz Bass he received from a fan and used to record the Red Hot Chili Peppers albums Stadium Arcadium and The Getaway. “Shell Pink is the rarest of... »

  • Gretsch Announces Tom Petersson 12-String and 4-String Signature Basses

    Gretsch Announces Tom Petersson 12-String and 4-String Signature Basses

    Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson and Gretsch teamed up to announce a pair of signature basses at this year’s Summer NAMM show in Nashville, Tennessee. The models include the USA Custom Shop Tom Petersson Signature 12-String Falcon Bass and the G6136B-TP-AWT Tom Petersson Signature 4-String Bass. Petersson has been testing the 12-string prototype live on the... »