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  • Gruv Gear Introduces SoloStrap Neo at NAMM

    Gruv Gear Introduces SoloStrap Neo at NAMM

    Gruv Gear introduced the SoloStrap Neo 4.0 and 2.5 at NAMM this year. The new straps are a more economical version of their existing straps and comes in a four-inch wide version to accommodate bassists. “We had our DuoStrap Signature and then made the Duostrap Neo as an affordable version of it,” Gruv Gear’s Jay... »

  • Bass of the Week: Hilton Guitars Sk8bass

    Bass of the Week: Hilton Guitars Sk8bass

    Part of the fun of the NAMM show is finding all the oddities that are tucked away into the booths for different vendors. One of the coolest discoveries for us this year was an intricate striped bass at the Hipshot booth. After a minute we got to talking with its creator, Pete Hilton of Hilton... »

  • Warwick Introduces the LWA 500 Compact Bass Amplifer

    Warwick Introduces the LWA 500 Compact Bass Amplifer

    Warwick expanded their lightweight bass amp lineup with the LWA 500 at NAMM this year. Rated at up to 500 watts, the compact amp weighs in at only 2.42 pounds. The LWA 500 combines a preamp based on the Class A/Low Z circuitry found in the WA series with a Class D power amplifier to... »

  • 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... »

  • Eden Introduces Californiwah Bass Filter Pedal

    Eden Introduces Californiwah Bass Filter Pedal

    Eden Amplification was showing off its new CaliforniWAH bass filter pedal at the Winter NAMM Show this year. The new pedal is designed for versatility with two different voicing settings and four effect parameters. The Californiwah has four control knobs: Low Point, Sensitivity, Resonance, and Effect Level. Low Point adjusts where the effect starts in... »

  • Bass of the Week: James Trussart SteelCaster Bass

    Bass of the Week: James Trussart SteelCaster Bass

    One of the most interesting booths we visited at the NAMM Show this year was James Trussart Custom Guitars. The L.A.-based luthier takes a different approach to building instruments and uses steel for his bodies, often giving them a rusted finish. “I’ve always liked the look and feel of old guitars, believing them to have... »

  • 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... »