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  • Ernie Ball Music Man Previews Cutlass and Caprice Basses

    Ernie Ball Music Man Previews Cutlass and Caprice Basses

    Ernie Ball Music Man has unveiled their first fully passive basses with the Caprice and Cutlass models. The basses, which were debuted at the NAMM Show this year, feature brand new body styles that are influenced by old school design with modern playability. Even with new body styles, players will be familiar with the necks... »

  • Sire Guitars Launches Marcus Miller M7 Series

    Sire Guitars Launches Marcus Miller M7 Series

    Sire Guitars has teamed up with Marcus Miller once again to introduce the Sire Marcus Miller M7 Series. The dual humbucker design, which has been in the works for some time, is now open for pre-order and will be shipping on April 30th. Available in four and five-string versions, the M7 has a modern body... »

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  • Jackson CBXNT IV and V Concert Basses Now Available

    Jackson CBXNT IV and V Concert Basses Now Available

    Jackson Guitars is now shipping the CBXNT IV Concert and CBXNT V Concert basses. Four and five-string models, respectively, the company describes the basses as perfect for metal or other styles that demand low, punchy bass. Jackson says the heart of the bass is in their electronics. “The heart of this beast is a pair... »

  • Cort Upgrades the B5 Plus AS Bass for 2016

    Cort Upgrades the B5 Plus AS Bass for 2016

    Cort has updated their B5 Plus AS bass with a new set of electronics. The model, which is part of the Artisan Series, now comes with the Markbass MB-1 EQ to match its Bartolini MK-1 pickups. The bass’s preamp is described as providing a “very natural and transparent boost” that won’t color the instrument’s natural... »

  • New York Bass Works Introduces Reference Series Basses

    New York Bass Works Introduces Reference Series Basses

    New York Bass Works has announced the Reference Series, a line of basses that bring together luthier David Segal’s custom work with the classic J-bass platform. “The Reference Series Basses are instruments infused with the DNA of nearly 20 years of custom bass projects, complex renovations, and pain-staking repairs of nearly every brand of instrument,”... »

  • Ernie Ball Music Man 40th Anniversary StingRay Now Available for Pre-Order

    Ernie Ball Music Man 40th Anniversary StingRay Now Available for Pre-Order

    Ernie Ball Music Man’s 40th Anniversary “Old Smoothie” StingRay Bass is now available for pre-order. Unveiled at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show, the bass is named after a prototype from 1976 that was designed by Leo Fender and gifted to Sterling Ball. Central to its design is a 10-pole piece pickup that gives it a... »

  • ESP Introduces Classic Styled LTD AP-204 Bass

    ESP Introduces Classic Styled LTD AP-204 Bass

    ESP unveiled the LTD AP-204 at this year’s NAMM Show, calling it a “modernized update of a classic shape for contemporary music styles.” The bass, which comes in Charcoal Metallic and Burgundy Burst finishes, is fitted with a set of ESP-designed P/J pickups. The bass is built with bolt-on construction featuring a mahogany body, maple... »

  • B&G Handmade Guitars Announces Big Sister Bass

    B&G Handmade Guitars Announces Big Sister Bass

    B&G Handmade Guitars has unveiled the Big Sister, a bass to support their Little Sister guitar model. The semi-hollow bass, which comes in fretted or fretless, was designed for old school flair. “This Big Sister idea was born with the release of the Little Sister guitar,” B&G writes. “We wanted to apply the same traditional... »

  • ESP Introduces Marco Mendoza Signature Bass

    ESP Introduces Marco Mendoza Signature Bass

    ESP has unveiled a new signature bass for Dead Daisies bassist Marco Mendoza. The Marco Mendoza LTD MM-4FM Bass is modeled after the ESP Vintage-4 with a set of EMG X-series P/J pickups. The bass is built with an alder body topped with flamed maple finished with a Dark See-Thru Green Sunburst. Mendoza opted for... »

  • Larry Kimpel Teams with Combe-Luthier for Signature Bass

    Larry Kimpel Teams with Combe-Luthier for Signature Bass

    Bassist Larry Kimpel has teamed up with French luthier Mathieu Combe to create LK5 Signature Bass. Kimpel, a seasoned session and touring bassist, worked closely on the bass’s design. The LK5 is built with a French ash body, three-piece hard maple neck, and compound-radius maple fingerboard. The light maple and ash motif is accented by... »