Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in March 2022
Another month is in the books, so it is time for the latest roundup of the top 10 most popular bass gear stories. Here are the top 10 No Treble reader favorites for the month of March 2022.
1. Positive Grid Announces Spark MINI Amplifier
Positive Grid has expanded its Spark series of amplifiers with the Spark MINI, a battery-powered amp with Bluetooth capabilities. They call the amp the “biggest smallest rig ever for electric guitar, acoustic or bass.”
2. Fender Custom Shop Unveils 2022 Annual Collection and Prestige Collection Basses
The Fender Custom Shop has unveiled their Annual Collection for 2022, including two basses, as well as the launch of the Prestige Collection which has a one-of-a-kind masterbuilt bass.
3. Squier Contemporary Series Gets Four New Bass Models
Fender has expanded on the Squier Contemporary Series with two guitars as well as four new bass models. Both the P and J Basses have four and five-string versions.
4. Trace Elliot Unveils TE-1200 Bass Amp Head
Trace Elliot has unveiled a new product called the TE-1200 Bass Amp Head, which they say begins a new period of innovation. It’s their first big product release of the decade.
5. Fender Unveils the Player Plus Active Meteora Bass
Fender’s Player Plus Series kicked off last year, and the company has just unveiled a new four-string in the line that shakes things up. The Player Plus Active Meteora Bass features a radical offset body shape fitted with two humbucking pickups.
6. Ernie Ball Music Man Announces Ball Family Reserve Short Scale StingRay 4 Bombshell Bass
Ernie Ball Music Man’s seasonal Ball Family Reserve instruments have been unveiled for spring 2022 including a limited-edition bass. The BFR Short Scale StingRay 4 Bombshell is limited to 105 pieces worldwide.
7. Fodera Unveils Limited Edition 2022 Anniversary Bass
Each year, Fodera celebrates their anniversary with a limited edition model. The company is fêting their 39th year in business with a limited spec Bubinga Emperor 5 Deluxe Bass.
8. Charvel Guitars Introduces Five-String Pro-Mod San Dimas Bass PJ V
Charvel has expanded its bass lineup by introducing the Pro-Mod San Dimas Bass PJ V. The five-string bass follows in the footsteps of its four-string predecessor, which is also getting two new finishes this year.
9. Solar Guitars Introduces Three New Bass Models
Ola Englund’s Solar Guitars has unveiled three new basses to their lineup for 2022 with the AB2.4ON, the AB2.4S, and the AB2.5GN. Each bass is part of the AB series and carries the same body shape, active Solar pickups, and 2-band preamp.
10. Catalinbread Introduces Many Worlds Phaser Pedal
Catalinbread has launched a new pedal in their lineup with the Many Worlds, a phaser that has tons of flexibility. It’s an eight-stage phaser with eight selectable phase control parameters, six LFOs, and two envelope-dependent phase shift modes.