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Squier Adds New Bass Models to Classic Vibe Series
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Squier Adds New Bass Models to Classic Vibe Series

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 Introduces JS Series Spectra Basses
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Jackson Introduces JS Series Spectra Basses

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.

Ibanez Unveils the SR Mezzo Bass
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Ibanez Unveils the SR Mezzo Bass

Ibanez has expanded their flagship SR series of basses with the SRMD200 “Mezzo”. The entry-level model comes in a variety of finishes but sets itself apart with a medium 32-inch scale.

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...

Cort Guitars Introduces the Vintage-Styled GB54P Bass
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Cort Guitars Introduces the Vintage-Styled GB54P Bass

Cort’s GB Series has a new member: the GB54P bass. The bass pays tribute to the classic P-style bass with vintage features including an alder body, a 9.45” fingerboard radius, a 20-fret hard maple neck, and its pickup. “The GB54P’s vintage-style VTB-P pickup produces the timeless P-style bass sound that launched a musical revolution,” Cort states. “The resulting tone is...

Squier Expands Contemporary Series with New Jazz Basses
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Squier Expands Contemporary Series with New Jazz Basses

Squier’s Contemporary Series got a little bigger at the Summer NAMM Show this year with the introduction of three new Jazz Basses: the Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH, the Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH V, and the Contemporary Jazz Bass. Notably, the four and five-string active models offer a more modern take on the Jazz Bass with a set of...

Guild Introduces the B-240E and B-240EF Basses
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Guild Introduces the B-240E and B-240EF Basses

Guild is bringing back some of their vintage acoustic bass guitar designs with two new models introduced to the Westerly Collection. The B-240E and B-240EF recall the B-50 of the mid-1970’s, which was a “boomy jumbo with an arched mahogany back and 30 3/4? scale length.” Each of the new models carries those features as well as a solid Sitka...

Eastwood Guitars Announces the Airline Jetsons Jr. Bass
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Eastwood Guitars Announces the Airline Jetsons Jr. Bass

Eastwood Custom Shop is reviving their former Airline 2P bass with a new model: the Airline Jetsons Jr. Bass. The retro design retains many of the same features with a few differences. “Inspired by the discontinued Airline 2P Bass, the new Airline Jetsons Jr. Bass keeps the same ‘JB Hutto-style’ body shape, but now comes with a single, P-Bass style...

ESP Introduces Flamed Maple LTD B-204 and LTD B-205 Basses
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ESP Introduces Flamed Maple LTD B-204 and LTD B-205 Basses

ESP updated their LTD line this year with upgraded versions of their most popular basses. The LTD B-204FM and LTD B-205FM take the flagship models and add a flamed maple top in translucent See Thru Red and See Thru Blue finishes. Other new features include an improved control layout and a new fingerboard wood: roasted jatoba. Each model is built...

Epiphone Adds Vintage Styled Basses to Pro Series
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Epiphone Adds Vintage Styled Basses to Pro Series

Epiphone has unveiled two new Pro design basses: the Embassy Pro Bass and the Thunderbird Vintage Pro Bass. The new instruments are inspired by models from the 1960s with modern updates. The Embassy Pro commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Epiphone joining Gibson. It’s built with a mahogany neck and body that’s been rebalanced for comfort. It also has improved...