Judas Priest turns 50 this year, and Spector is helping bassist Ian Hill celebrate by updating his signature Euro4 bass. Hill, who is the only member to stay in the band its entire existence, worked with the company on some new specifications.
Yamaha unveiled the next generation of their Silent Bass series of electric upright basses at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show. The new SLB300SK continues the range’s familiar feel of acoustic double bass but has an important update in its tonal qualities.
G&L Guitars is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its flagship bass model, the L-2000, which was designed by Leo Fender in the company’s early days. To commemorate the occasion, they’ve unveiled a Ruby Anniversary Custom Shop L-2000.
Another one of the exciting developments at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show was the introduction of Ashdown’s range of bass guitars. The four new models are a collaboration with Dan Lakin, formerly of Lakland Guitars and currently of D. Lakin Guitars.
The NAMM Show has a row called the Boutique Guitar Showcase, which allows for independent luthiers to show off their instruments. This year I got to catch up with Peter Malinoski of Malinoski Guitars, who showed me his Nero model.
After revealing a prototype at last year’s NAMM Show, Nordstrand Audio has announced a production version of the Acinonyx short-scale bass. Nicknamed the “Cat Bass,” the bass takes its aesthetics from the classic Goya Panther.
Greece’s Burretone Guitars makes handcrafted instruments based on vintage designs. Their first build of 2020 is for a customer who wanted a tribute to the classic 1951 Precision in all maple.
This week we’re checking out the BlueLotus Basses BLSC4, a singlecut neck-through design built by Matt Scarpa. The luthier crafted it around a five-piece quarter-sawn hard maple and wenge neck.
Sandberg Guitars was on hand at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show to display several new products, including a new short-scale passive bass called the Lionel. Featuring a 30-inch scale, the bass is based on the company’s California VS model.
Fodera doesn’t have a booth at the Winter NAMM Show this year, though they’ll be on hand. That isn’t stopping them from revealing the new Yin Yang Standard, which will come in two color/wood options: Purple Heart or Mahogany.
Reverend Guitars will be unveiling a new bass model at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show called the Sentinel. The short-scale bass is described as “thick sounding [and] professional grade.”
After unveiling a limited run of the instrument last year, Ernie Ball Music Man has brought back the Joe Dart Signature Bass. The instrument is based on a Classic Sterling lightweight ash body with a natural finish.