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  • Ibanez Introduces BTB33 Volo Bass

    Ibanez Introduces BTB33 Volo Bass

    Ibanez has introduced the BTB Volo to their conceptual Bass Workshop Series. The Volo is a fresh take on the company’s BTB model that is aimed at players looking to explore the higher registers. The five-string bass features a shorter 33-inch scale and comes factory tuned from E to C, which Ibanez points out is... »

  • Ibanez Announces Talman Bass Series

    Ibanez Announces Talman Bass Series

    Ibanez is taking a page out of the old school with their new Talman Bass Series, consisting of the TMB300 and TMB100. The basses, which feature a retro aesthetic, share many of the same features with the 300 having an edge in features. Both models are built with a mahogany body, maple neck, and rosewood... »

  • D’Angelico Guitars Introduces EX-SD Bass

    D’Angelico Guitars Introduces EX-SD Bass

    After introducing the EX-Bass two years ago, D’Angelico announced the solidbody EX-SD Bass at this year’s NAMM Show. The four-string bass features a chambered mahogany body topped with flame maple and a mahogany neck. Its rosewood fingerboard holds 21 frets and is adorned with mother of pearl block inlays as position markers. The EX-SD is... »

  • Warwick Introduces Stu Hamm Signature Bass

    Warwick Introduces Stu Hamm Signature Bass

    Warwick introduced a new signature bass for Stuart Hamm during the NAMM Show this year. The new model is based on the company’s Streamer with extended contouring and a deeper cutaway for improved access to the higher register. The Stu Hamm Signature bass is built with an alder body and five-piece birdseye maple and rosewood... »

  • Ibanez Unveils 40th Anniversary 2609B Black Eagle Bass

    Ibanez Unveils 40th Anniversary 2609B Black Eagle Bass

    Ibanez has announced they will reissue the famed 2609B, also known as the Black Eagle bass. Admitting they are not apt to reissue many instruments, the company says the limited edition run marks the 40th anniversary of the classic model. The bass has several striking features, including its distinctly sculpted mahogany body, its f-hole shaped... »

  • Ibanez Adds Fanned Fret SR Models to Bass Workshop Series

    Ibanez Adds Fanned Fret SR Models to Bass Workshop Series

    One of the many new basses at Ibanez’s booth this year was the SRFF, a fanned-fret version of their flagship SR bass. Available in five and six-string models, the bass features a multi-scale setup to optimize the tonal performance of each string. “The goal of the fanned-fret system is to even the tension of each... »

  • Rickenbacker Introduces 4003S and 4003SW Basses

    Rickenbacker Introduces 4003S and 4003SW Basses

    Rickenbacker launched a pair of new takes on their classic 4003 bass this year with the 4003S and 4003SW. The new models take the current 4003 and 4003W basses and give them a vintage aesthetic made popular by the ’60s 4001S bass. “People wanted the look of the 4001S without the binding and with dot... »

  • Ritter Instruments Unveils Okon Concept at NAMM 2015

    Ritter Instruments Unveils Okon Concept at NAMM 2015

    Boutique bass builder Jens Ritter unveiled a new bass at the NAMM Show this year called the Okon Concept. The new model matches the luthier’s distinctive Okon body shape with his BA Tuning System, which mounts the tuners on the back of the bass’s body. Following a golden theme, the bass features a 24-karat antique... »

  • Ernie Ball Announces Music Man Neck Through Basses

    Ernie Ball Announces Music Man Neck Through Basses

    Ernie Ball’s booth at NAMM this year was buzzing with a new neck-through version of their flagship StingRay Bass. Available in four and five-string versions, the StingRay Neck Through is built with a 3-piece maple neck the runs the entire length of its ash body. The StingRay has only featured bolt-on construction since its introduction... »

  • Fodera Introduces Monarch 4 and Emperor 5 Standard Classic Basses

    Fodera Introduces Monarch 4 and Emperor 5 Standard Classic Basses

    Fodera went old school at NAMM this year by introducing the Standard Classics line, including the Monarch 4 and Emperor 5 Standard Classics. The new models retain the qualities of Fodera’s Standard series models while taking on a classic aesthetic. “All our tone woods and everything are from the same Brooklyn shop [and are] the... »