Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in August 2022
The calendar flips to a new month, which means it’s time to share a monthly bass gear roundup.
Here are the top 10 No Treble reader favorite bass gear stories for the month of August.
Markbass has unveiled a new lineup with the MB58R Bass Amp series, consisting of a whopping 20 new cabinets, eight combo amps, and a new head unit. The series is described as having a “next-level power-to-weight ratio”.
Seymour Duncan has unveiled a new set of bass pickups called the Heavy Weather set. The pair of single coils is described as a slightly brighter take on early ’60s jazz bass tone.
After launching the Acinonyx (aka Cat Bass) in 2020, Nordstrand Audio is now offering the model’s pickups on their own. The CatPups are vintage-styled in their sound and style.
Cort has once again expanded their bass lineup with a pair of new models called the GB-Modern 4 and GB-Modern 5. They call the four and five-string basses a blend of “timeless design and modernized features.”
Carvin has unveiled a new preamp for bassists called the BX1. The company describes the pedal as offering a natural bass tone with unprecedented control and extended headroom.
Boss’s CUBE amp family has a few new members, including the Dual CUBE Bass LX. The mini amplifiers are designed for portability with power options of an included AC adaptor or eight AA batteries.
Fodera has once again expanded their Standard series. The Monarch 5 Standard is described as blending aesthetics, playability, and reliability with a different tonal palette from the line.
Orange Amplification has updated their O Bass for 2022. Originally launched in 2015, the bass retains all of its same mojo with improved characteristics.
Trace Elliot has launched the Pro Series 4×10 and 2×12 cabinets, marking a return to large venue options. The models are a follow-up to their new 1200-watt TE-1200 bass amp head.
Ernie Ball Music Man has refreshed the Short Scale StingRay with a limited edition, including five new finishes. The 30-inch scale basses will come in Candy Man, Plum Crazy, Burnt Ends, Silver Shadow, and Vincent Blue colors.