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  • Fender Introduces Four New American Vintage Basses

    Fender Introduces Four New American Vintage Basses

    Fender has expanded its American Vintage series with four new basses including the ’58 Precision Bass, the ’63 Precision Bass, the ’64 Jazz Bass, and the ’74 Jazz Bass. As with the rest of the line, the new basses are reimagined to bring new life to the original designs. Each bass was picked for significant... »

  • D’Angelico Introduces the EX-Bass

    D’Angelico Introduces the EX-Bass

    D’Angelico Guitars has been reborn for 2013. The brand, named for luthier John D’Angelico, has relaunched several instruments including the EX-Bass, which will be part of their Standard Series. With its single-cutaway, semi-hollow body, the 32.25˝ scale bass bears the company’s classic vibe and vintage feel. It also pays homage to D’Angelico’s New York roots... »

  • Ampeg Introduces Limited Edition Heritage B-15N Bass Amp

    Ampeg Introduces Limited Edition Heritage B-15N Bass Amp

    Two years ago, Ampeg paid homage to one of their most popular vintage models with a limited run of the Heritage B-15, which they did again in 2012. This year the company has introduced the Heritage B-15N, a new model that delivers the sound of the B-15 in a new black finish. The new amp,... »

  • PRS Guitars Adds Grainger Basses To Core Line

    PRS Guitars Adds Grainger Basses To Core Line

    About a decade after introducing their Private Stock model, Paul Reed Smith Guitars and bassist Gary Grainger have teamed up again to introduce the Grainger 4 and Grainger 5 basses to the company’s Core production line. The new models are modified slightly from their predecessors to add more universal appeal to players. Made in PRS’s... »

  • Bass of the Week: Carvin SB4000

    Bass of the Week: Carvin SB4000

    In 2009, Carvin teamed up with Sekou Bunch to create the SB4000, a bass the company says was designed with “vintage vibe.” The U.S.-made bass is a 4-string, though a 5-string SB5000 is available with many of the same specs. Standard features on the SB4000 include an alder body, eastern hard rock maple neck, and... »

  • Dean Unveils John Entwistle Hybrid 5-String Bass

    Dean Unveils John Entwistle Hybrid 5-String Bass

    Dean unveiled several new basses at NAMM this year including a 5-string version of the John Entwistle Hybrid bass. Sharing many of the features of the 4-string Hybrid, The Ox’s new signature model sports bolt-on construction with an alder body and a maple “C”-shaped neck. Other features include a pair of EMG HZ Humbucker pickups,... »

  • ESP Unveils LTD Elite Basses

    ESP Unveils LTD Elite Basses

    ESP has introduced a new line in their products called the LTD Elite series, which splits the difference price and quality between ESP’s high-end instruments and their more affordable LTD line. The new line is built in Japan and are based on the company’s most popular ESP models, including two basses: the J-4 and J-5.... »

  • Orange Amplification Announces DIVO VT1000 Valve Tester

    Orange Amplification Announces DIVO VT1000 Valve Tester

    Orange Amplification has released the DIVO VT1000 Valve Tester, an automatic tube tester that performs a host of diagnostics on both preamp and power amp tubes. The unit has one octal and two nine pin valve sockets to fit different types of tubes. Once inserted, the user presses the start button and the tests are... »

  • Ampeg Introduces PF-800 Bass Amp

    Ampeg Introduces PF-800 Bass Amp

    Ampeg has expanded their Portaflex Series with the PF-800. At 800-watts the bass head is the strongest in the line while only weighing 11.8 pounds. Similar to the rest of the line, its compact design allows it to be stowed inside the Portaflex PF flip-top cabinets. Features on the new amp include classic hi/lo boosts,... »

  • Aguilar Announces Two New Soapbar Pickup Series

    Aguilar Announces Two New Soapbar Pickup Series

    Aguilar has introduced the Super Singles and the DCB pickups, two new pickup series for bass. Both types of pickups are wound in the company’s New York City factory and will be available in a variety of 4-, 5-, and 6-string standard soapbar sizes. The Super Singles offer a single coil sound in a soapbar... »