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  • Bass of the Week: Whitt Guitars 5-String Fretless Archtop Acoustic Bass

    Bass of the Week: Whitt Guitars 5-String Fretless Archtop Acoustic Bass

    My friend Gil sent me a heads up for this week’s featured bass, and I’m glad he did. This intriguing instrument is a one-of-a-kind acoustic fretless 5-string bass built by Daniel Whitt of Whitt Guitars. “At Whitt guitars, I build guitars that inspire creativity, capture the imagination and throw everything for a loop,” the bass... »

  • Xotic Launches Line of Bass Strings

    Xotic Launches Line of Bass Strings

    Xotic Guitars has launched their own brand of bass strings including sets for 4-, 5-, and 6-string basses. Available in nickel or stainless steel, the string feature round wound construction and can be ordered for 34″ or 33″ scale basses. The 4-string gauges run .045 to .105 while the 5-string set adds a .125 B-string... »

  • D&A Announces Starfish and Starfish+ Instrument Stands

    D&A Announces Starfish and Starfish+ Instrument Stands

    D&A Guitar Gear has introduced the Starfish, a new floorstand that sets itself apart with five legs that the company says doubles its stability. The added legs allow for the stand to stand tall even at 30 degrees of tilt. The stand comes in two variations: the Starfish and the Starfish+. Both versions feature a... »

  • Big Ear n.y.c. Announces Chaka Octave Fuzz Pedal

    Big Ear n.y.c. Announces Chaka Octave Fuzz Pedal

    Big Ear n.y.c. has unveiled the Chaka, an octave fuzz pedal designed for all instruments, but especially for bass. The pedal features Fuzz, Volume, and Tone knobs for dialing in your tone with a separate footswitch to activate the octave effect. “The fuzz side uses LED clipping diodes which are more aggressive, but less compressed,... »

  • Jackson Introduces David Ellefson Signature Kelly Bird V Bass

    Jackson Introduces David Ellefson Signature Kelly Bird V Bass

    Jackson Guitars has announced a 5-string version of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s signature Kelly Bird Bass. Building on the 4-string version, the bass retains many of the same features including a basswood body and a bolt-on bound maple neck with block inlays. The bass is fitted with a pair of EMG HZ40 pickups matched with... »

  • West Coast Pedal Board Introduces Little Rock Compact Pedal Board

    West Coast Pedal Board Introduces Little Rock Compact Pedal Board

    If you keep your effects chain between one and five stompboxes, West Coast Pedal Board has got you covered with the Little Rock pedalboard. The compact pedalboard measures 7 inches by 12 inches and weighs in at only 3.5 pounds for a small footprint and easy portability. Though it is part of their Standard series,... »

  • Ernie Ball Music Man Announces Neptune Blue Package to Premier Dealer Network

    Ernie Ball Music Man Announces Neptune Blue Package to Premier Dealer Network

    Ernie Ball/Music Man is now taking orders for their Neptune Blue edition of basses and guitars as part of their Premier Dealer Network. The series is based around an African Mahogany body with a custom Neptune Blue finish and can be ordered on most models. Each bass will be built with a figured, roasted maple... »

  • Bass of the Week: Marleaux Consat Signature

    Bass of the Week: Marleaux Consat Signature

    Gerald Marleaux is a world-class bass luthier based in Clauthal-Zellerfeld, Germany. His designs bring together the highest degrees of form and function into 4-, 5-, and 6-string basses. Today we check out Marleaux’s Consat Signature, the luxury version of his flagship Consat model. Standard features include a 3- or 5-piece birdseye maple neck with wenge... »

  • Sterling by Music Man Adds Natural Finish to Lefty Ray34 Series Bass

    Sterling by Music Man Adds Natural Finish to Lefty Ray34 Series Bass

    Sterling by Music Man introduced a new natural finish to the left-handed version of the Ray34 bass at this year’s Summer NAMM show. The natural finish allows for the bass’s lightweight ash body to be show through. The bass retains the features of the Ray34 series including maple neck, a single alnico humbucker pickup, and... »

  • Sandberg Guitars Introduces Serpentine Finish

    Sandberg Guitars Introduces Serpentine Finish

    Sandberg Guitars has been turning heads with interesting finishes on special handmade custom instruments. The company has now announced they’ve acquired a CNC machine that allows them to produce a new option called the Serpentine Finish, which brings two different types of woods together for each of the bass’s wooden components. “We have been doing... »