Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in May 2015

Time for one of our favorite roundups – the top 10 most popular bass gear stories on No Treble.

Here are the reader favorites for May, 2015.

MK Introduces Passive Jazz Electric Upright Bass

1. MK Passive Jazz Electric Upright Bass

Electric upright bass company MK has announced a new passive jazz model of their flagship bass. The Jazz-P features piezo transducer pickups and passive electronics, which MK says solves tonal problems of the bass including noise at high levels of amplification…

Schecter Introduces Diamond Plus Basses

2. Schecter Diamond Plus Basses

New for 2015, Schecter has built upon their Diamond Series of basses with the Diamond Plus Series. The new lineup includes the Diamond-J Plus and Diamond-P Plus in a variety of finishes…

Elixir Revamps Bass Strings

3. Elixir Nanoweb Bass Strings

After getting feedback from over a thousand bass players, Elixir Strings has announced they’ve revamped their Nanoweb coated bass strings…

LedBelli Bass Guitars Introduces Jonah “Thin Wing” Bass

4. LedBelli Bass Guitars Jonah “Thin Wing” Bass

Bass luthier Cleve Johnson has introduced a new model to his lineup from LedBelli Bass Guitars called the Jonah “Thin Wing.” The bass is a variation on LedBelli’s flagship Jonah with extra shaping for a slimmer profile…

Ernie Ball Introduces Slinky Flatwound Bass Strings

5. Ernie Ball Slinky Flatwound Bass Strings

Ernie Ball is fusing the elements of two types of strings with their new Slinky Flatwound Electric Bass Guitar Strings. Developed with the company’s patented cobalt steel alloy, the strings are described as having the sound of round wound strings with the smooth feel of traditional flatwound strings…

EBS Introduces Magni 500 Bass Combo Series

6. EBS Magni 500 Bass Combo Series

EBS has taken their Reidmar amp design and built it into a new series of combo amps. The Magni 500 bass combo series features 210 and 115 models that incorporate an all-analog preamp with a lightweight power amp section…

Tech 21 Boost Comp Pedal Now Shipping

7. Tech 21 Boost Comp Pedal

After announcing the pedal at this year’s NAMM Show, Tech 21 is now shipping the Boost Comp. The all-analog compressor utilizes FET-based technology, which the company says is inherently warm, while simplifying the controls for easy tweaking…

Warwick Announces Adam Clayton Streamer CV Signature Bass

8. Warwick Adam Clayton Streamer CV Signature Bass

Five years after his first signature bass with the company, Adam Clayton has once again teamed up with Warwick to collaborate on a new version of their Streamer CV bass…

MXR Now Shipping the M85 Bass Distortion Pedal

9. MXR M85 Bass Distortion Pedal

After announcing the pedal at the NAMM Show this year, Dunlop is now shipping the MXR M85 Bass Distortion. The pedal was designed with Fuzzrocious Pedals founder Ryan Ratajski and is described as revamp on a “famously nasty sounding distortion circuit” that’s been retooled for the modern player…

Spector Introduces Limited Edition Mike Starr Signature Euro4LX Bass

10. Spector Limited Edition Mike Starr Signature Euro4LX Bass

Spector Basses has introduced a new Mike Starr Signature version of their Euro4LX bass. Available as a limited edition, the bass is crafted in the company’s Czech factory and will only be available for order in the 2015 calendar year…

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  1. Rafe Ruggiero

    I tested out the Ernie Ball Flatwounds after I read the article. They are great strings!! Here is a video of me playing the strings using various techniques. Thanks for the article!