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  • 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... »

  • 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... »