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  • Fodera Unveils 35th Anniversary Monarch 4 Deluxe Bass

    Fodera Unveils 35th Anniversary Monarch 4 Deluxe Bass

    Fodera is gearing up for 2018 by announcing the 35th Anniversary Monarch 4 Deluxe. Celebrating the company’s flagship design, the new bass is described as combining classic Fodera tone and looks with modern electronics and playability. “For this bass, we’ve adopted an early Fodera wood combination of a Mahogany body, Quilted Maple top, and a... »

  • Electro-Harmonix Reissues the Op-Amp Big Muff Pi Pedal

    Electro-Harmonix Reissues the Op-Amp Big Muff Pi Pedal

    Electro-Harmonix reached into their past to reissue the Op-Amp Big Muff Pi from the late ’70s. The new pedal is faithful to the original 1978 design with a few new features including a compact, die-cast chassis, and true bypass switching. “The pedal relies on op-amps rather than transistors and three gain stages rather than four,... »

  • Bass of the Week: Neal Heppleston Panormo Double Bass

    Bass of the Week: Neal Heppleston Panormo Double Bass

    British double bass luthier Neal Heppleston sent us photos of his Panormo model to check out, and I’ve been obsessing over it. Each piece of wood is jaw-dropping, but moreover, it seems every little detail is a work of art in itself. Hand-built in his Sheffield shop, the bass is designed after the work of... »

  • Fredric Effects Introduces The BugCrusher

    Fredric Effects Introduces The BugCrusher

    London’s Fredric Effects has expanded their tonal palette with the BugCrusher, an analog sample rate reducer that produces an aliasing effect. Although its name makes it sound like it is a BitCrusher, Fredric writes that’s not the case. “Despite the name, the BugCrusher is not an actual BitCrusher. Most BitCrusher effects will have sample rate... »

  • Ashdown Announces Norman Watt-Roy Special Edition OriginAL Pre-DI

    Ashdown Announces Norman Watt-Roy Special Edition OriginAL Pre-DI

    Ashdown has expanded their lineup of signature gear with the Norman Watt-Roy Special Edition OriginAL Pre-Di. Watt-Roy, who is best known as the bassist for Ian Dury and the Blockheads, helped create the unit. “Strictly limited to a run of 50 special units, the special edition Norman Watt-Roy OriginAL Preamp Pedal has been tweaked to... »

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  • CruzTools Updates GrooveTech Multi-Tool

    CruzTools Updates GrooveTech Multi-Tool

    CruzTools has updated their GrooveTech Guitar and Bass Multi-tool just in time for the holidays. The second generation of the gadget has the original features: both metric and inch hex wrench sizes, ball-end for the truss rod sizes, and S2 steel tools with a polished chrome finish. New features include a 5/16” socket that fits... »

  • Thin The Herd Guitars and Birdsong Guitars Announce the CBG 30.5 T-Bass

    Thin The Herd Guitars and Birdsong Guitars Announce the CBG 30.5 T-Bass

    Thin The Herd Guitars recently collaborated with Scott Beckwith of Birdsong Guitars to create the CBG 30.5 T-Bass. The bass takes elements from each of the companies’ instruments. “Scott started with our familiar Model T body, then applied his signature ‘recipe’ for quality tone and ease-of-playability into the design. Loaded with EMG-sized, custom-wound PUNCHBUCKER Pickups... »

  • Fodera Reveals Masterbuilt Yin Yang Hybrid Bass

    Fodera Reveals Masterbuilt Yin Yang Hybrid Bass

    Fodera revealed their fourth and final Masterbuilt bass for the year, and it’s incredible. The Masterbuilt Yin Yang Hybrid combines two signature instruments to pay tribute to their respective owners: Victor Wooten and Anthony Jackson. “Not only are these two artists pioneers in their craft, but also in instrument design through our collaborative relationship,” the... »

  • Bass of the Week: Mas Hino NYC Matador

    Bass of the Week: Mas Hino NYC Matador

    Master luthier Mas Hino is a man that can appreciate the finer things in life. That’s why his bass design called the Matador is inspired by both Picasso and Lamborghini. “The Matador was inspired by Pablo Picasso. The shape is an acoustic guitar with an offset on the sides like Picasso’s guitar,” Hino writes. “The... »

  • Xotic Unveils the XJPRO-1 5-String ProVintage Series Bass

    Xotic Unveils the XJPRO-1 5-String ProVintage Series Bass

    Xotic has expanded their bass lineup with the XJPRO-1 5-String ProVintage Series Bass. As part of the ProVintage Series, the new bass combines elements of classic and modern features while building on their previous lineup. “The ProVintage Series basses, inspired by the Xotic XJ Series, feature a structurally balanced neck for reliable intonation that is... »