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 gear news!

Jeff Berlin and Cort Announce Signature RITHIMIC Bass

1. Cort Jeff Berlin Signature RITHIMIC Bass

Jeff Berlin has teamed up with Cort for a new signature bass for 2014. Dubbed the RITHIMIC, the model features an alder body with a striking padouk and spalted maple top with a matching spalted headstock. Its hard rock maple neck is topped with a rosewood fingerboard…

Schecter Unveils Session Series Basses

2. Schecter Session Series Basses

Schecter has introduced the Session series of basses, which they describe as combining “no frills looks with high end electronics.” The series includes four and five string basses in the company’s Stiletto and Riot body styles…

Fender Custom Shop Unveils 2014 Custom Collection

3. Fender Custom Shop 2014 Custom Collection

Fender’s Custom Shop has unveiled the 2014 edition instruments of their annual Custom Collection. The lineup includes two basses: the 2014 Proto Precision Bass and the 1964 Heavy Relic Precision Bass…

Gibson Announces 2014 SG Special Bass

4. Gibson 2014 SG Special Bass

This year marks Gibson’s 120th anniversary and they’re celebrating with a plethora of new and upgraded models including the 2014 SG Special Bass. The 30-inch scale bass incorporates features from several of Gibson’s electric basses to create a unique and affordable bass…

Squier Announces Eva Gardner Precision Bass

5. Squier Eva Gardner Precision Bass

Squier has teamed up with Eva Gardner to introduce a new signature Precision bass. Gardner was the original bassist for The Mars Volta and has continued to work with artists ranging from Veruca Salt to Pink…

Reverend Guitars Announces Meshell Ndegeocello Signature Fellowship Bass

6. Reverend Guitars Meshell Ndegeocello Signature Fellowship Bass

Meshell Ndegeocello has a new signature bass from Reverend Guitars, aptly named the Meshell Ndegecello Fellowship Bass. Based on the Reverend Thundergun, the bass features set neck construction with a raised center ridge and reverse headstock…

Carvin Introduces BX700 Bass Amplifier

7. Carvin BX700 Bass Amplifier

Carvin has announced the BX700, an evolved version of their BX500 bass amplifier. The new head unit combines a Class A preamp with a Class D power section rated up to 700 watts at two ohms. Remodeled in a red-faced chassis, the BX700’s controls include three EQ sections…

EMG Introduces Geezer Butler Signature P and PJ Pickup Sets

8. EMG Geezer Butler Signature P and PJ Pickup Sets

EMG Pickups has unveiled the GZR-P and GZR-PJ signature bass pickup sets for Black Sabbath 4-stringer Geezer Butler. Designed with Butler, the pickups are made to reproduce the bassist’s tone during his earlier years in the band…

Guild Unveils New M-85 Bass Models

9. Guild’s New M-85 Bass Models

Guild is reviving the M-85 with two new models this year: the Newark St. Collection M-85 bass and the GSR M-85 II bass. Each of the instruments is a take on the vintage bass, which was the companion to the Guild M-75 Aristocrat guitar…

Tino Tedesco Announces The Primal Bass Series

10. Tino Tedesco Primal Bass Series

Swiss luthier Tino Tedesco has unveiled The Primal series of basses, including the 4/21 and 5/21. The new line aims to reduce the amount of options to be able to offer a professional instrument on a budget…

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