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  • Surine Basses Introduces The Lunara NTVII Bass

    Surine Basses Introduces The Lunara NTVII Bass

    Luthier Scott Surine was showing his basses at the NAMM Show this year including a brand new model called the Lunara NTVII. The bass, which is Surine’s second single-cut design, features neck-through construction with a seven-piece Rock Maple and Walnut neck. The Lunara NTVII’s swamp ash body core is sandwiched between a Redwood burl top... »

  • Ibanez Introduces SR300E with Upgraded Electronics

    Ibanez Introduces SR300E with Upgraded Electronics

    Ibanez is stepping up their SR300 series with the SR300E basses, featuring upgraded pickups and electronics. The models, which come in four-, five-, and six-string versions, aim to bring a high quality of tone and control to a lower price point. The lineup centers around Ibanez’s new Powerspan dual coil pickups that have stainless steel... »

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  • Gittler Instruments Unveils Bass Models at NAMM 2016

    Gittler Instruments Unveils Bass Models at NAMM 2016

    First introduced in the 1980s, the minimalist Gittler Guitar was reborn in 2013 thanks to musician and titanium expert Russ Rubman. This year Gittler Instruments has unveiled three new bass models, including four-string, five-string, and fretless versions. “Similar to the six string Gittler Guitar, these basses are manufactured of aircraft grade titanium with an optional... »

  • Sadowsky Introduces Satin Series Bass Guitars

    Sadowsky Introduces Satin Series Bass Guitars

    Sadowsky has unveiled the Satin Series, a lineup that brings their chambered, NYC-made basses to nearly half the cost of a built-to-order custom instrument. The instruments include their 21 fret Vintage Style J Bass and 24 fret Modern Bass models built in batch with limited options. “We’re committed to serving the working musician, so we... »

  • Fender Unveils American Elite Series Basses

    Fender Unveils American Elite Series Basses

    Fender’s new bass offerings at the NAMM Show this year revolved around their new American Elite series of instruments. The lineup includes each of the company’s main models with the American Elite Precision Bass, Jazz Bass, Jazz Bass, and Dimension Bass. Common features for the series are Fender’s fourth generation Noiseless pickups, compound neck shapes,... »

  • Orange Amplification Launches O Bass Guitar

    Orange Amplification Launches O Bass Guitar

    Orange Amplification took to NAMM to launch the O Bass, a vintage-styled bass that comes in Teardrop Sunburst, Off-Black and Orange finishes. The bass first made an appearance at the 2014 Winter NAMM show as a demonstrator piece, but came to production after videos of the instrument spread online. The company describes the O Bass... »

  • Cort Launches Jeff Berlin Rithimic V Bass

    Cort Launches Jeff Berlin Rithimic V Bass

    Jeff Berlin’s signature Rithimic bass now comes in a five-string version. The Cort Rithimic V was displayed at the Winter NAMM show this year with the bassist on hand to talk about it. “I’m entirely a four-string guy,” Berlin noted, “but I wanted to help make an efficient an instrument as possible for five-string players.... »

  • ESP Announces LTD Multi-Scale Basses

    ESP Announces LTD Multi-Scale Basses

    ESP got into the multi-scale game this year with the LTD B-1004SE and B-1005SE basses. Four and five-stringers, respectively, the new models have different scales for each string to optimize tension and ergonomics. The multi-scale effect is created with Hipshot solo bridges and a fanned fret design. Both basses are built with a swamp ash... »

  • Sadowsky Unveils Single Cut 24 Fret 5-String Bass

    Sadowsky Unveils Single Cut 24 Fret 5-String Bass

    When we interviewed Chip Shearin last year, he let us in on the scoop that he was working with Roger Sadowsky on a special project. That project came to light at the 2016 NAMM Show with the unveiling of the Sadowsky Single Cut 24 Fret 5-String Bass. “Co-designed with bassist Chip Shearin by both myself... »

  • Ibanez Introduces Artcore Vintage Basses at NAMM 2016

    Ibanez Introduces Artcore Vintage Basses at NAMM 2016

    Ibanez gave their Artcore line of basses a rustic turn this year with the Artcore Vintage Series. The semi-hollowbody, short-scale basses come in distressed finishes to give the vibe of an old workhorse instrument, right down to the antiqued pickup covers. Each of the models is built with a maple body, which the company says... »