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  • Jens Ritter Introduces R8-Concept Fretless Bass

    Jens Ritter Introduces R8-Concept Fretless Bass

    Jens Ritter has expanded on the idea of his R8-Singlecut bass with the R8-Concept Fretless Bass. The new models set themselves apart by utilizing the Ritter Backside Tuning System, which puts the tuning machines on the back of the bass’s body while accepting standard single-ball strings. Another distinguishing feature is the R8-Concept’s extended fingerboard, which... »

  • D&A Introduces IceStand Collapsable Bass and Guitar Stand

    D&A Introduces IceStand Collapsable Bass and Guitar Stand

    D&A has announced the IceStand, a foldable stand for basses and guitars. Available in Acoustic and Electric versions, the IceStand is a take on the company’s flagship GigStand that features a clear material to unveil its structure. The IceStand opens in two steps to offer a cradle with a three-point base and non-slip polymer materials... »

  • Fender Introduces Classic Series Precision and Jazz Basses with Lacquer Finishes

    Fender Introduces Classic Series Precision and Jazz Basses with Lacquer Finishes

    Fender has expanded their bass lineup with the Classic Series ’60’s Jazz Bass Lacquer and Classic Series ’50s Precision Bass Lacquer. In following with the series, the basses pay homage to their vintage counterparts and distinguish themselves with period-correct gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finishes. The Classic Series ’60’s Jazz Bass Lacquer is built with an alder... »

  • Fret-King Announces STVDIO Country Squire Semitone Bass

    Fret-King Announces STVDIO Country Squire Semitone Bass

    Fret-King will be adding to their high-end, one-off STVDIO series of instruments this fall with the introduction of the Country Squire Semitone Bass. The singlecut, bolt-on bass features a pair of designer Trev Wilkinson’s new JM pickups wired to a 3-way toggle switch. In keeping with a vintage vibe, Wilkinson used traditional woods for its... »

  • Gear Review: Rybski Sean O’Bryan Smith Deluxe Signature Bass

    Gear Review: Rybski Sean O’Bryan Smith Deluxe Signature Bass

    Rybski’s Sean O’Bryan Smith Deluxe Signature Bass is a truly rare custom bass. Rare in the sense that most custom basses have some element of “stock” to them, where as this bass is a signature model with features to fit a particular player’s needs and the builders unique touches that comprise his own inspiration and... »

  • Jim Dunlop MXR M89 Bass Overdrive Pedal Now Shipping

    Jim Dunlop MXR M89 Bass Overdrive Pedal Now Shipping

    Jim Dunlop is now shipping the MXR M89 Bass Overdrive, the latest effects pedal in their Bass Innovations series. The pedal features standard overdrive controls with Volume, Tone, and Drive knobs, but adds a Clean control to blend in clean signal with a pre-tuned EQ. “Pre-tuning the Clean signal ensures that when you blend it... »

  • Bass of the Week: Off Guitar Design soulbrotha’

    Bass of the Week: Off Guitar Design soulbrotha’

    A collaboration between Martin Off and luthier Jozsi Lak, the Off Guitar Design soulbrotha’ bass is unique mix of retro and modern design aesthetics. The bass, which gets its design from the company’s soulsista’ guitar, is handmade by Lak in Germany. Much of the soulbrotha’s construction is optional, from the body wood (alder, swamp ash... »

  • Höfner Debuts “Cavern” Versions of Contemporary and Ignition Violin Basses

    Höfner Debuts “Cavern” Versions of Contemporary and Ignition Violin Basses

    Höfner has introduced new “Cavern” versions of their Contemporary and Ignition Series Violin basses at the 2013 Musikmesse in Frankfurt last week. The pickups on the new models are positioned closely together and towards the neck in the Cavern style, similar to Paul McCartney’s original 1961 bass. Each of the entry level basses will be... »

  • Digitech Announces JamMan Express XT Looping Pedal

    Digitech Announces JamMan Express XT Looping Pedal

    Digitech has expanded their looping pedal lineup with introduction of the JamMan Express XT, a pared down pedal built for simplicity. The pedal sports one knob for adjusting the loop level with a footswitch for controlling the looping process. Three colored LEDs display what mode you’re in – Record, Dub, or Play – which are... »

  • Waterstone Honors Jackson Pollock with Studio Bass

    Waterstone Honors Jackson Pollock with Studio Bass

    Waterstone Musical Instruments is honoring the work of Jackson Pollock with a new line of guitars and basses named after the influential abstract artist. The instruments feature an abstract finish inspired by the floors of Jackson Pollock’s studio. “Pollock’s studio was a converted barn, where he spread his canvas out flat and danced around it,... »