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Ibanez Announces the Gary Willis 20th Anniversary Signature Bass
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Ibanez Announces the Gary Willis 20th Anniversary Signature Bass

It’s been 20 years since Ibanez introduced a signature model from bass guru Gary Willis, and they’re celebrating with an anniversary edition.

Fodera Announces the Select Series Basses
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Fodera Announces the Select Series Basses

New for 2019, Fodera has introduced the Select Series. The lineup blends characteristics of their custom instruments as well as their standard instruments to create a middle ground. They’re opening the new range starting with the Monarch 4 Select and Emperor 5 Select.

Bass of the Week: Franz Bassguitars Wega 5 “Behind the Scene”
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Bass of the Week: Franz Bassguitars Wega 5 “Behind the Scene”

Artist Torsten Russ used this Franz Bassguitars Wega 5 as his canvas as part of the company's Art Line. This bass, called the "Behind the Scene", features hand-painted designs and 18-carat gold leaf.

Fodera Announces the Masterbuilt Nautilus Bass
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Fodera Announces the Masterbuilt Nautilus Bass

Fodera has introduced the latest bass in their Masterbuilt series with the Nautilus, a gorgeous Emperor II model with a mesmerizing nautilus shell pattern. The bass is crafted with a variety of woods to create the effect while the team worked to make the design seamless.

Kiesel Guitars Introduces Zeus Multiscale Headless Basses
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Kiesel Guitars Introduces Zeus Multiscale Headless Basses

The Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop is wrapping up 2018 with a new bass model. The Zeus Series Multiscale series is an expansion of the Zeus bass, which features a singlecut body and a headless design.

Bass of the Week: Skervesen Guitars Bronto 37-5
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Bass of the Week: Skervesen Guitars Bronto 37-5

This week we’re checking out the Skervesen Guitars Bronto 37-5. The five-string bass’s design includes neck-through construction, a multi-scale neck, plus a chambered body developed specifically for the bass. Skervesen adds “37-5” to the Bronto name to indicate it’s scale lengths, which run from 37 inches for the B string to 35 inches.

La Bella Introduces Olinto 5-String Bass
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La Bella Introduces Olinto 5-String Bass

La Bella Strings has expanded their line of Olinto bass guitars with a five-string version. The Olinto 5-String is carved by hand in Brooklyn by master luthier Mas Hino with a variety of options for body woods.

Bass of the Week: Aviator Guitars Bomber 7
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Bass of the Week: Aviator Guitars Bomber 7

Taking after the massive combat aircraft, this Bomber 7 from Aviator Guitars drops thunderous notes with an incredible seven-string multi-scale design. The longest string has a scale length of 37.5 inches, which is a solid 3.5 inches longer than a traditional bass scale. In fact, the model was created just for this particular feat. “The Bomber model was developed specifically...

Bass of the Week: XTRM Basses “The Bass of Navarone”
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Bass of the Week: XTRM Basses “The Bass of Navarone”

This week we’re checking out a total monster of a bass built by Dimitris Matkaris, who says he likes to build “weird” basses to test his building skills. This instrument, which he dubbed The Bass of Navarone, has a multi-scale neck with a behemoth 47-inch scale B-string. For comparison, that’s 13 inches longer than a standard bass scale. “Electric guitars...

Sire Guitars Unveils 2nd Generation Marcus Miller Basses
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Sire Guitars Unveils 2nd Generation Marcus Miller Basses

Sire Guitars has announced several major upgrades to their Marcus Miller line of bass guitars ranging from the pickups to the serial number system. Nearly every bass they make has been upgraded in some way. The biggest change is in the second generation pickups, which applies to the V7, V7 Vintage, V9, P7, M7, and V3 models. Sire writes that...