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Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in December 2017

Gear news can sometimes slow down in December, especially with NAMM around the corner. But that didn’t stop some companies from announcing some new bass gear that caught readers’ attention.

Here are the top 10 reader favorite gear stories from December 2017.

Willcox Guitars Unveils 2018 Saber Bass

1. Willcox Guitars 2018 Saber Bass

Wilcox Guitars is updating their bass lineup by replacing their outgoing Saber VL Bass with the 2018 Saber bass. The reworked instrument features an AAAA flame maple top, lightweight chambered swamp ash body, and their patented LightWave optical pickup system…

Fodera Reveals Masterbuilt Yin Yang Hybrid Bass

2. Fodera Masterbuilt Yin Yang Hybrid Bass

Fodera revealed their fourth and final Masterbuilt bass for the year, and it’s incredible. The Masterbuilt Yin Yang Hybrid combines two signature instruments to pay tribute to their respective owners: Victor Wooten and Anthony Jackson…

Thin The Herd Guitars and Birdsong Guitars Announce the CBG 30.5 T-Bass

3. Thin The Herd Guitars and Birdsong Guitars CBG 30.5 T-Bass

Thin The Herd Guitars recently collaborated with Scott Beckwith of Birdsong Guitars to create the CBG 30.5 T-Bass. The bass takes elements from each of the companies’ instruments…

Xotic Unveils the XJPRO-1 5-String ProVintage Series Bass

4. Xotic XJPRO-1 5-String ProVintage Series Bass

Xotic has expanded their bass lineup with the XJPRO-1 5-String ProVintage Series Bass. As part of the ProVintage Series, the new bass combines elements of classic and modern features while building on their previous lineup…

Ashdown Announces Norman Watt-Roy Special Edition OriginAL Pre-DI

5. Ashdown Norman Watt-Roy Special Edition OriginAL Pre-DI

Ashdown has expanded their lineup of signature gear with the Norman Watt-Roy Special Edition OriginAL Pre-Di. Watt-Roy, who is best known as the bassist for Ian Dury and the Blockheads, helped create the unit…

Fodera Unveils 35th Anniversary Monarch 4 Deluxe Bass

6. Fodera 35th Anniversary Monarch 4 Deluxe Bass

Fodera is gearing up for 2018 by announcing the 35th Anniversary Monarch 4 Deluxe. Celebrating the company’s flagship design, the new bass is described as combining classic Fodera tone and looks with modern electronics and playability…

Barefaced Audio Introduces Limited Edition Tweedy One10 Bass Cabinet

7. Barefaced Audio Limited Edition Tweedy One10 Bass Cabinet

Barefaced Audio has unveiled a special limited edition tweed version of their One10 bass cabinet. Limited to 10 units, the cab has all of the power of their regular One10 model in a vintage look with a tweed wrap, Marshall BluesBreaker cloth grill, brown piping, and genuine imitation leather strap handle…

Free The Tone Announces the PA-1QB Programmable 10-Band EQ Pedal

8. Free The Tone PA-1QB Programmable 10-Band EQ Pedal

Japan’s Free The Tone has released the PA-1QB, a programmable 10-band EQ pedal for bass. The device’s signal path is analog with a digital parameter control section for storing and processing your settings…

Pigtronix Introduces Trio of Micro Pedals

9. Pigtronix New Micro Pedals

Pigtronix has expanded their micro pedal lineup with three new pedals: the Gatekeeper Micro noise gate, Class A Boost Micro clean boost, and all-new Octava Micro octave up/drive/fuzz…

CruzTools Updates GrooveTech Multi-Tool

10. CruzTools GrooveTech Multi-Tool

CruzTools has updated their GrooveTech Guitar and Bass Multi-tool just in time for the holidays. The second generation of the gadget has the original features: both metric and inch hex wrench sizes, ball-end for the truss rod sizes, and S2 steel tools with a polished chrome finish…