Ibanez is marking several milestones this year with anniversaries of their flagship models, and now they’re bringing back a part of their past from nearly 30 years ago. The new Affirma series of basses reintroduces the model that started their more unique designs.
This week we’re checking out a unique acoustic bass guitar built by luthier Oliver Jaggi called the BrummBass. Jaggi, who is a third-generation Swiss craftsman, created the bass around functional design elements.
Chowny Bass has relaunched their NT basses with the NT4 and the NT5. Four and five-string basses, respectively, the instruments are built with neck-through construction and a medium scale at 32.7 inches.
Brubaker Guitars has unveiled the JXB-Standard, which is a production model of their custom JXB. The bass comes in two combinations: ash body with a maple fingerboard or alder body with a pau ferro fingerboard.
Fender has refreshed the Squier Classic Vibe Series with several decade-specific models of their flagship instruments. For bassists, that includes the Classic Vibe ’60s Jazz Bass, the Classic Vibe ’60s Precision Bass, the Classic Vibe ’70s Jazz Bass, and the Classic Vibe Bass VI.
Jackson Guitars announced the new JS Series Spectra line of basses at the 2019 Winter NAMM Show. Each of the basses feature a new offset poplar Spectra body shape that has a large upper horn for evenly distributing weight.
Wilkins Custom Guitars & Finishes unveiled their new “Marlin” bass model at the 2019 Winter NAMM Show. Available in four and five-string versions, the Marlin is a medium 32-inch scale bass in their RoadTested series.
Warwick showed off their annual limited edition bass at the 2019 Winter NAMM Show. This year the company unveiled the Corvette $$ LTD 2019 in a neckthrough version in their Masterbuilt Custom Shop line and a bolt-on version in their Teambuilt Pro Series.
Adam Nitti’s six-string Ibanez bass was first introduced in 2015 with the ANB1006 and followed the next year with the ANB306. Now the bassist has teamed up with the company once again to create a five-string 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.
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.
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.