Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in March 2018

March was a big month for gear news, as evidenced by a ton of views on No Treble.

Here are the top 10 reader favorite gear stories of the month.

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Roks Instruments Unveils the Nardis Bass

1. Roks Instruments Nardis Bass

Luthier Axel Roks of Roks Instruments is known for his unique, minimalist designs. (Check out his Microtonal Futura model.) But now he’s added his flair to a more traditional design to create the Nardis, a hand-built bass that mixes vintage and modern…

BackBeat Wearable Subwoofer Available for Preorder

2. BackBeat Wearable Subwoofer

Bassist Yerko Sepulveda has introduced a new device for bassists called the BackBeat. The wearable, portable unit straps to the back of your strap and acts as rumble pack to let you feel the your notes as vibrations…

Guild Guitars Announces Starfire Bass II Flamed Maple

3. Guild Guitars Starfire Bass II Flamed Maple

Guild’s iconic Starfire Bass II is available in a new Flamed Maple version for 2018. The company debuted the instrument at the Winter NAMM Show. “The Starfire Bass II Flamed Maple (FM) is a dual-pickup semi-hollow bass guitar that adds additional sonic options to Guild’s iconic Starfire Bass,” Guild writes…

Warwick Introduces RockBass Alien Deluxe Thinline Hybrid Acoustic Bass Guitar

4. Warwick RockBass Alien Deluxe Thinline Hybrid Acoustic Bass Guitar

Warwick has expanded their Alien Bass series of acoustic bass guitars with a new thinner model aimed at the touring musician. The Warwick RockBass Alien Deluxe Thinline Hybrid will be available as a 4-string or 5-string in both fretted and fretless versions…

Ibanez Introduces Soundgear SR670 and SR675 Basses

5. Ibanez Soundgear SR670 and SR675 Basses

Ibanez’s flagship Soundgear bass series is being bolstered even further this year with the addition of the SR670 and the SR675. The four and five-string basses are set apart by a mahogany body topped with ash in a black and silver finish…

Fender Adds Bluetooth Streaming to Rumble Series Amps

6. Fender Rumble Series Amps Adds Bluetooth Streaming

Fender updated their Rumble V3 Series of bass amps with the Rumble Studio 40 and the Rumble Stage 800. The new amps bring the same wireless capabilities and presets as their Mustang GT guitar amplifiers to bass players in 40-watt and 800-watt packages…

Kala Adds Three New Affordable U-Bass Models

7. Kala’s Three New Affordable U-Bass Models

Kala’s popular U-Bass has three new models for 2018 called the Wanderer, the Passenger, and the Journeyman. The trio are described as their most affordable models yet. Each ukulele-sized bass is made of mahogany with a satin finish and comes equipped with black die-cast tuners, Aquila Thundergut strings and a Kala UK-500B preamp…

Jericho Guitars Introduces the Alpha 5 Bass

8. Jericho Guitars Alpha 5 Bass

After introducing the Alpha Bass in September, Jericho Guitars has unveiled the Alpha 5 five-string model. It carries many of the same features including a solid ash body, a single-piece maple neck, a Macassar ebony fingerboard, and a black finish…

Balaguer Guitars Introduces the Hyperion Bass

9. Balaguer Guitars Hyperion Bass

Pennsylvania’s Balaguer Guitars has expanded their bass lineup with the Hyperion Bass. Modeled after a signature guitar, the new bass features an offset body in satin silverburst or satin trans black finishes…

Cort Guitars Now Shipping A5 Plus SCFF Bass

10. Cort Guitars A5 Plus SCFF Bass

Cort Guitars has expanded their Artisan Bass Collection to include a fanned-fret design. The A5 Plus SCFF is a five-string bass that has a scale that spans from 34 inches on the G string to 35.5 inches on the B string…

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