Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in April 2017

GAS attack! Here is your monthly dose of the most popular bass gear stories covered by us in April, 2017.


Markbass Introduces the EVO 1 Bass Amp

1. Markbass EVO 1 Bass Amp

After introducing the prototype last year, Markbass has unveiled the final version of the EVO 1 bass amp. The innovative head unit offers six amp tones over two channels: one clean and one distorted…

Fender Adds Options to Mod Shop Instruments

2. Fender’s New Options for Mod Shop Instruments

Fender’s online Mod Shop has expanded their set of options for 2017 with new colors, a new neck profile, and new pickups. Users can pick a model to begin with (Jazz and Precision for bassists), then choose colors, hardware, woods, and more…

Ibanez Adds to SR Premium Series Basses

3. Ibanez’s New SR Premium Series Basses

Ibanez freshened up their SR Premium line with two new finishes for 2017. The SR1400-MLG and the SR1405E-GWH are the first in the series to feature gloss finishes and come in Mojito Lime Green and Glacial White, respectively…

ESP Unveils New Frank Bello Signature Model Basses

4. ESP’s New Frank Bello Signature Model Basses

Anthrax’s Frank Bello teamed up with ESP again this year to create a new signature bass, resulting in the custom shop Frank Bello J-4 and the LTD Series FB-J4. Each bass is a take on a classic P/J design in a sleek black color scheme with red accents…

Italia Guitars Unveils the Maranello Cavo Bass

5. Italia Guitars Maranello Cavo Bass

Italia Guitars unveiled a handful of new instruments at Musikmesse this year including the Maranello Cavo Bass. The short-scale, semi-hollow four-stringer is described as “packing an enormous punch in a very comfortable package…”

SVS Designs Introduces the Adapt Bass

6. SVS Designs Adapt Bass

Luthier Shawn Shannon was showing off his production bass prototypes at the NAMM Show this year, and now the first model is available for order. The SVS Designs Adapt is a four-string bass designed to provide tonal clarity in standard, drop, and sub tuning…

Kiesel Guitars Introduces Aries Bass Series

7. Kiesel Guitars Aries Bass Series

Kiesel Guitars has expanded their bass lineup with the Aries series, which comes in four-, five-, and six-string versions. The made-in-the-USA model is based on their Aries guitar and carries similar aesthetics in a bigger package…

Rainger FX Introduces Dr. Freakenstein Dwarf Bass Distortion

8. Rainger FX Dr. Freakenstein Dwarf Bass Distortion

London’s Rainger FX has introduced the Dr. Freakenstein Dwarf Bass Distortion, a compact pedal with some cool features. Its distortion is controlled with a large overtone knob to dial in different tones, but it can also be affected by the Igor pressure pad controller for real-time expression…

ESP Adds Fretless and 5-String Basses to LTD Thinline Series

9. ESP Fretless and 5-String LTD Thinline Series Basses

ESP expanded their Thinline acoustic bass series this year with the TL-4Z Fretless and the TL-5SM. The models are four- and five-string basses, respectively, that feature modern aesthetic with exotic tops…

Hartke Unveils the Bass Attack 2 Preamp Pedal

10. Hartke Bass Attack 2 Preamp Pedal

Hartke has announced the Bass Attack 2 preamp and direct box. The pedal unit combines their classic preamp with an overdrive section and plenty of connectivity. The pedal has three footswitches: one for on/off, one for the Shape circuit, and one for the overdrive…

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