Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in May 2017

Stories about new bass gear are always popular with No Treble readers (and us). Here are the top 10 most popular gear stories for the month of May.

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Fender Issues Update on Use of Rosewood

1. Fender’s Update on Use of Rosewood

At the beginning of the year, new CITES regulations went into effect for all species of rosewood. The wood is very common in basses and other stringed instruments as a fretboard material. To address the issue, Fender released a statement on how they are changing their instruments to deal with the new regulation…

Epiphone Unveils Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Jack Casady Bass

2. Epiphone Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Jack Casady Bass

Jack Casady and Epiphone are celebrating twenty years since the introduction of the bass legend’s signature bass. Launched in 1997, the bass will be offered this year in a special limited edition outfit defined by a flame maple veneer top and a Wine Red finish…

G&L Guitars Unveils Kiloton 5 Bass

3. G&L Guitars Kiloton 5 Bass

After introducing the Kiloton bass late last year, G&L Guitars has now unveiled a five-string version of the model. The Kiloton 5 adds a low B-string while retaining features of the four-string…

Vanderkley Amps Introduces Spartan Bass Amp and 210LNT Neolite Cabinet

4. Vanderkley Amps Spartan Bass Amp and 210LNT Neolite Cabinet

Vanderkley Amps has unveiled two new products: the Spartan bass amp and the 210LNT cabinet. Unveiled at the London Bass Guitar Show, the Spartan was designed for “tone, power, and simplicity…”

Phil Jones Bass Announces the Bass Pulse One and Cab 47

5. Phil Jones Bass’s The Bass Pulse One and Cab 47

Phil Jones Bass is introducing a handful of new products this year including the new Bass Pulse One bass amp and the Cab 47. Debuted at the NAMM Show, both the amp and cab are lightweight and carry on the PJB tradition…

Providence Announces the Bass FX Console

6. Providence Bass FX Console

Japan’s Providence Effects has released a new comprehensive effects switching unit for the bass called the Bass FX Console BFX-1. The new bass switcher is fitted with an on-board preamp, the company’s Vitalizer B buffer, and an XLR direct output…

Korg Unveils Bass-Specific Clip-On Tuner

7. Korg’s Bass-Specific Clip-On Tuner

Clip-on tuners are notorious for being iffy on the bass, but now Korg has released one specifically for us. The AW-LT100B is a clip-on tuner dedicated to bass instruments with enhanced sensitivity for detecting the low-frequency range…

Fender Expands In-Ear Monitors Lineup

8. Fender’s New In-Ear Monitors Lineup

Fender has expanded their line of in-ear monitors with the CXA1 and FXA9 Pro models. On opposite sides of the price spectrum, each set is built for live performance, recording, and listening…

Ampeg Now Shipping Classic Preamp and Scrambler Overdrive Pedals

9. Ampeg Classic Preamp and Scrambler Overdrive Pedals

After introducing the pedals at the Winter NAMM Show this year, Ampeg is now shipping the Classic analog bass preamp and Scrambler bass overdrive. The all-analog stomp boxes are compact effects derived from the larger SCR-DI…

Matthews Effects Announces The Alchemist

10. Matthews Effects The Alchemist Pedal

Matthews Effects has released the Alchemist, a pedal that allows you to split a mono signal or to sum a stereo signal to mono. It does so by utilizing a pair of independent buffers that also help to restore high-end frequency loss from pedalboards and cables…

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