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  • TC Electronic Introduces Ditto X2 Looper

    TC Electronic Introduces Ditto X2 Looper

    TC Electronic has followed up on last year’s compact Ditto looper pedal with the Ditto X2. The pedal builds on its predecessor with a dedicated start/stop button, looper effects, and a loop import/export feature for loading premade loops. The Ditto X2 offers up to five minutes of looping with unlimited overdubs and undo/redo functions. It... »

  • Traynor Adds SB500H Bass Amp To Small Block Series

    Traynor Adds SB500H Bass Amp To Small Block Series

    Traynor has expanded their Small Block series of bass heads with the SB500H. A companion to last year’s SB200H, the new amp delivers 500 watts while weighting a mere four pounds. The SB500H retains many of the same features of its smaller brethren, including active and passive inputs, a 4-band EQ with low and hi... »

  • Tonecraft Audio Launches with 363 Tube Direct Box

    Tonecraft Audio Launches with 363 Tube Direct Box

    Tonecraft Audio launched this year with their flagship product, the Tonecraft 363 Tube Direct Box. The interface is made for all instruments that use a 1/4″ connection, but the company’s designer Ryan Feves notes that it was created with a slant towards upright and electric bass. “While the DI is not exclusively for bass, [Jon... »

  • Bass of the Week: CG Lutherie Sequel 5-String Hollow Body Fretless

    Bass of the Week: CG Lutherie Sequel 5-String Hollow Body Fretless

    I got a tip to check out CG Lutherie, a French bass builder, and I’m glad I did. The company’s Sequel bass is an interesting take on a hollow body with multiple sound holes on the bass side of the instrument. This 5-string fretless Sequel is built with a black limba body a neck of... »

  • Radial Announces Bassbone OD Pedal

    Radial Announces Bassbone OD Pedal

    Radial Engineering has updated their ToneBone series of pedals with the Bassbone OD, a bass preamp with two input channels and a built-in overdrive. The new pedal builds on the original Bassbone with several new features in addition to the overdrive such as a mute footswitch and the option to keep the effects loop active... »

  • Warwick Unveils 2014 Limited Edition Fortress Bass

    Warwick Unveils 2014 Limited Edition Fortress Bass

    Each year, Warwick releases the latest in their Limited Edition series of basses, and this year the company has announced the 2014 Limited Edition Fortress Bass. The model, which comes in 4- and 5-string versions, is limited to only 100 instruments in the world. The bass is built around a swamp ash body with a... »

  • Yamaha Now Shipping TRBX Basses

    Yamaha Now Shipping TRBX Basses

    Yamaha was showing off their new TRBX series of basses at this year’s Winter NAMM show. Combining elements of their former TRB and RBX lines, the new basses come in 300 and 500 levels with differing controls and pickups. All of the instruments sport a mahogany body and a five-piece maple/mahogany neck. The 500-level basses... »

  • Rickenbacker Announces 4003W Bass

    Rickenbacker Announces 4003W Bass

    Rickenbacker has introduced the W Series of guitars and basses for 2014. The lineup is a spin on their classic models, including the 4003 bass, but are made with walnut bodies. Though the company states that it’s careful not to change too much from the formulas they use to make instrument, they say the walnut... »

  • Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in January

    Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in January

    Thanks to the Winter NAMM Show, January is always a huge month for new gear stories. (So much so, we’ll still be covering the NAMM news into February). Here are the top 10 most popular gear stories in January, based on readership. Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing. And here’s to lots more... »

  • Bass of the Week: Franz Bassguitars Sirius

    Bass of the Week: Franz Bassguitars Sirius

    This week we take a look at the Franz Bassguitars Sirius, a stunning bass made in Bavaria by luthier Xaver Tremel. I found this bass through this excellent demo played by German bassist Ralf Gauck: The bass features a singlecut design that comes in either 4- or 5-string versions. Tremel starts the bass with a... »