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  • Tech 21 Unveils Private Stock Formula 21 All-Tube Bass Preamp

    Tech 21 Unveils Private Stock Formula 21 All-Tube Bass Preamp

    Tech 21 has unveiled the Private Stock Formula 21, an exclusive vacuum tube bass preamp. The limited edition preamp is hand-built at the company’s U.S. factory and is housed in a solid mahogany cabinet with a cherry finish. Custom designed by Tech 21 president Andrew Barta, the Formula 21 came as a vision of an... »

  • G&L Introduces MJ-4 Bass Guitar

    G&L Introduces MJ-4 Bass Guitar

    G&L has introduced the MJ-4 Bass, a bass with a familiar feel that the company says is part of an evolution of bass features. The model sports a pair of G&L’s new Bi-Coil Alnico V pickups, which they say looks like a classic single-coil but actually contains two side-by-side coils configured in series-humbucking mode. The... »

  • Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in February

    Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in February

    While NAMM seems like a distant memory now, the gear coverage from the show kept coming in February (and we still have more to cover!) And that made for a gear-filled February. Here are the top 10 most popular gear stories on No Treble for February, 2013. 1. Fender Introduces Four New American Vintage Basses... »

  • Bass of the Week: Line 6 Variax Bass 700

    Bass of the Week: Line 6 Variax Bass 700

    This week we take a look at the Line 6 Variax Bass 700, an interesting bass that was produced during the 2000’s. It included special modeling software to reproduce tons of classic bass sounds, ranging from a ’61 Jazz Bass to a ’03 Thumb to bass synths. The Variax used piezo bridge saddles to capture... »

  • Pigtronix Introduces Three New Bass Effects Pedals

    Pigtronix Introduces Three New Bass Effects Pedals

    Pigtronix debuted three new bass-centric effects pedals at NAMM this year: the Bass Fat Drive, the Philosopher Bass Compressor, and the Bass Envelope Phaser. Each is a tweaked version of one their existing products that have been fine-tuned for bassists. Bass Fat Drive The Bass Fat Drive features Pigtronix’s CMOS clipping concept and responds by... »

  • Rybski Introduces Sean O’Bryan Smith Signature Basses

    Rybski Introduces Sean O’Bryan Smith Signature Basses

    Rybski Custom Bass Guitars has introduced the Sean O’Bryan Smith Signature Bass. Currently available in Deluxe and Standard versions, the Nashville bassist’s new bass brings together classic elements of a traditional P/J bass with modern craftsmanship and a 21-fret J-profile neck. “Sean’s career incorporates a successful solo career and also a highly successful recording career... »

  • NS Design Announces CR5 Radius Bass Guitar

    NS Design Announces CR5 Radius Bass Guitar

    NS Design excited the bass community at last year’s NAMM show by unveiling the NS Radius Bass Guitar. This year, the company has introduced a production version of the headless bass. Made in the Czech Republic, the CR5 Model shares all the same dimensions as its U.S. counterpart. The CR5 Radius Model is a 5-string... »

  • Jackson Introduces Quilted Maple Top Concert Basses

    Jackson Introduces Quilted Maple Top Concert Basses

    Jackson’s Concert Bass series has grown this year with the introduction of the JS3QM and JS3VQM models. The new versions take all the features of their brethren and add a quilted maple top. Four and five-string basses, respectively, the JS3QM and JS3VQM Concert Basses feature basswood bodies, bolt-on maple necks, and 24-fret, compound-radius rosewood fingerboards.... »

  • Review: Cort T54 and Curbow 52 Basses

    Review: Cort T54 and Curbow 52 Basses

    This review will cover two Cort basses, the T54, and the Curbow 52. These basses are not the Cort basses of years past you may remember when you went shopping for one of your early basses. For an entry level intermediate basses, I was truly impressed with the features, fit and finish, and the sound.... »

  • Ernie Ball Introduces Classic Sabre Bass

    Ernie Ball Introduces Classic Sabre Bass

    After a limited release for their Premier Dealer Network, Ernie Ball has reissued the Music Man Sabre as a standard model. The original Sabre, first introduced in 1978, was Music Man’s first dual humbucking bass. The new Classic Sabre is the first production of the instrument in twenty years and brings back the vintage design... »