Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in April 2016

Time to celebrate the No Treble reader favorite gear stories for the month. In this edition, we’re talking about the top 10 bass gear stories in April.

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Sire Guitars Launches Marcus Miller M7 Series

1. Sire Guitars Marcus Miller M7 Series Basses

Sire Guitars has teamed up with Marcus Miller once again to introduce the Sire Marcus Miller M7 Series. The dual humbucker design, which has been in the works for some time, is now open for pre-order and began shipping on April 30th…

Ernie Ball Music Man Previews Cutlass and Caprice Basses

2. Ernie Ball Music Man Cutlass and Caprice Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man has unveiled their first fully passive basses with the Caprice and Cutlass models. The basses, which were debuted at the NAMM Show this year, feature brand new body styles that are influenced by old school design with modern playability…

Fodera Introduces Masterbuilt Series with “Arts & Crafts” Bass

3. Fodera Masterbuilt Series “Arts & Crafts” Bass

Fodera has always been known for their gorgeous boutique instruments, but now they’re stepping things up with the Masterbuilt Series. Limited to four instruments per year, Fodera calls the series the pinnacle of what their shop can produce…

New York Bass Works Introduces Reference Series Basses

4. New York Bass Works Reference Series Basses

New York Bass Works has announced the Reference Series, a line of basses that bring together luthier David Segal’s custom work with the classic J-bass platform…

ESP Introduces Classic Styled LTD AP-204 Bass

5. ESP Classic Styled LTD AP-204 Bass

ESP unveiled the LTD AP-204 at this year’s NAMM Show, calling it a “modernized update of a classic shape for contemporary music styles.â? The bass, which comes in Charcoal Metallic and Burgundy Burst finishes, is fitted with a set of ESP-designed P/J pickups…

DigiTech Introduces Dirty Robot Stereo Mini-Synth Pedal

6. DigiTech Dirty Robot Stereo Mini-Synth Pedal

The mad scientists at DigiTech have unleashed the Dirty Robot, a stereo mini-synth effect for bass and guitar. The pedal features seven controls and two synth voices: straight envelope-style synthesis (V1) or vocal formant synthesis (V2)…

Darkglass Electronics Announces Release Date for Microtubes 700 Bass Amp

7. Darkglass Electronics Microtubes 700 Bass Amp

One of the biggest reveals at the Winter NAMM Show this year was the Darkglass Electronics Microtubes 700. Since the outing Darkglass has been further refining the the head, which is their first amplifier, but now they’ve announced a target release date of July…

Bass Mute Clamp Now Available

8. Bass Mute Clamp

Bassists looking for that old school thump have a new option with the Bass Mute Clamp. The aptly named device clamps to your bass strings and can be adjusted to vary the amount of muting. It works with four, five, and six-string basses and over a variety of string spacings…

Cort Upgrades the B5 Plus AS Bass for 2016

9. Cort B5 Plus AS Bass 2016 Update

Cort has updated their B5 Plus AS bass with a new set of electronics. The model, which is part of the Artisan Series, now comes with the Markbass MB-1 EQ to match its Bartolini MK-1 pickups…

Form Factor Audio Launches Bi Bass Amplifier Series

10. Form Factor Audio Bi Bass Amplifier Series

Form Factor Audio has announced the launch of the Bi 1000 and Bi 400 bass amps. Rated at 1000 and 400 watts respectively, the California-made Class D amps are packed with tons of connectivity and a 3-band EQ. The company describes their new preamp as “designed from the ground up…”

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