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  • Bass of the Week: Music Man Big Al

    Bass of the Week: Music Man Big Al

    In 2009, Music Man introduced a bass version of their Albert Lee Signature guitar called the Big Al. Its angular body and unique pickups caught the community’s attention, and the next year the company announced a 5-string version. The Big Al and Big Al 5 are built with African mahogany bodies, maple necks, and maple... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Fclef Basses Custom Series II

    Bass of the Week: Fclef Basses Custom Series II

    This week we take a look at the Fclef Custom Series II Bass. Introduced as part of their 10th anniversary, the Custom Series II model builds upon their Custom Series and is handcrafted in the United States. The company also boasts that each member of the crew is a bass player, which gets a big... »

  • Gibson Celebrates With 50th Anniversary Thunderbird Bass

    Gibson Celebrates With 50th Anniversary Thunderbird Bass

    Fifty years ago, Gibson stepped out with an edgy line of guitars and basses, respectively named the Firebird and the Thunderbird. The company is now celebrating the design with a 50th Anniversary Thunderbird Bass. Finished with Gold Bullion in a high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, the bass sports through-neck construction with a mahogany body, a mahogany neck... »

  • DBZ Guitars Releases Barchetta Bass Series

    DBZ Guitars Releases Barchetta Bass Series

    DBZ Guitars has introduced the Barchetta Bass, a model based on DBZ’s flagship guitar. The bass follows the company’s trend of blending modern and traditional styles for unique instruments. The Barchetta Bass comes in three versions based on their tops: Standard (ST), Flame Maple (FM), and Spalt Maple (SM). Common features include a maple neck,... »

  • Fender Custom Shop Introduces Limited Relic 1955 Precision Bass

    Fender Custom Shop Introduces Limited Relic 1955 Precision Bass

    The Fender Custom Shop has rolled out its Spring 2013 offerings, including the Limited Relic 1955 Precision Bass. Mimicking the look of an aged bass, the new model is the Custom Shop’s first to feature a special Black over Three-color Sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish. The bass is created by Fender’s master builders with a lightweight... »

  • DBZ Guitars Now Shipping Hailfire Basses

    DBZ Guitars Now Shipping Hailfire Basses

    DBZ Guitars is now shipping the Hailfire bass, available in Standard and Flame Maple versions. The company describes the new model as “classic-meets-modern”, with an old school body shape that’s been reshaped with modern contours and balancing. The Hailfire features neck-thru construction with a 34˝ scale. Its body and neck are mahogany, while the fingerboard... »

  • Squier Introduces Precision Bass PJ Model to Affinity Series

    Squier Introduces Precision Bass PJ Model to Affinity Series

    Squier is adding to their Affinity Series this year with a new Precision Bass PJ model. Building on a traditional P-bass style, the new bass includes a single-coil Jazz Bass pickup in the bridge position for further tonal variety. Other new features include a two-color headstock logo and a three-ply black/white/black pickguard. The Affinity Series... »

  • Jens Ritter Introduces R8-Concept Fretless Bass

    Jens Ritter Introduces R8-Concept Fretless Bass

    Jens Ritter has expanded on the idea of his R8-Singlecut bass with the R8-Concept Fretless Bass. The new models set themselves apart by utilizing the Ritter Backside Tuning System, which puts the tuning machines on the back of the bass’s body while accepting standard single-ball strings. Another distinguishing feature is the R8-Concept’s extended fingerboard, which... »

  • Fender Introduces Classic Series Precision and Jazz Basses with Lacquer Finishes

    Fender Introduces Classic Series Precision and Jazz Basses with Lacquer Finishes

    Fender has expanded their bass lineup with the Classic Series ’60’s Jazz Bass Lacquer and Classic Series ’50s Precision Bass Lacquer. In following with the series, the basses pay homage to their vintage counterparts and distinguish themselves with period-correct gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finishes. The Classic Series ’60’s Jazz Bass Lacquer is built with an alder... »

  • Waterstone Honors Jackson Pollock with Studio Bass

    Waterstone Honors Jackson Pollock with Studio Bass

    Waterstone Musical Instruments is honoring the work of Jackson Pollock with a new line of guitars and basses named after the influential abstract artist. The instruments feature an abstract finish inspired by the floors of Jackson Pollock’s studio. “Pollock’s studio was a converted barn, where he spread his canvas out flat and danced around it,... »