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Dean Now Shipping Exotica Supreme Cutaway Acoustic/Electric Bass
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Dean Now Shipping Exotica Supreme Cutaway Acoustic/Electric Bass

Dean is now shipping the Exotica Supreme Cutaway Acoustic/Electric bass. The full-sized instrument is a pared down version of the Exotica Quilt Ash that gets down to the essentials. Its body is made from mahogany with a spruce top while the mahogany neck is topped with a rosewood fingerboard. The soundhole has a distinct inlay and the neck has multi-ply...

ESP Introduces Classic Styled LTD AP-204 Bass
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ESP Introduces Classic Styled LTD AP-204 Bass

ESP unveiled the LTD AP-204 at this year’s NAMM Show, calling it a “modernized update of a classic shape for contemporary music styles.” The bass, which comes in Charcoal Metallic and Burgundy Burst finishes, is fitted with a set of ESP-designed P/J pickups. The bass is built with bolt-on construction featuring a mahogany body, maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard. The...

Ibanez Introduces SR300E with Upgraded Electronics
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Ibanez Introduces SR300E with Upgraded Electronics

Ibanez is stepping up their SR300 series with the SR300E basses, featuring upgraded pickups and electronics. The models, which come in four-, five-, and six-string versions, aim to bring a high quality of tone and control to a lower price point. The lineup centers around Ibanez’s new Powerspan dual coil pickups that have stainless steel poles to improve output, clarity,...

Orange Amplification Launches O Bass Guitar
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Orange Amplification Launches O Bass Guitar

Orange Amplification took to NAMM to launch the O Bass, a vintage-styled bass that comes in Teardrop Sunburst, Off-Black and Orange finishes. The bass first made an appearance at the 2014 Winter NAMM show as a demonstrator piece, but came to production after videos of the instrument spread online. The company describes the O Bass as having a “distinctively vintage...

Washburn Announces Sonamaster SB1 Bass
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Washburn Announces Sonamaster SB1 Bass

Beginning bassists have a new option with the Washburn Sonamaster SB1 bass. The entry-level instrument, which comes in Black and Tobacco-Sunburst finishes, is inspired by their ’80s models in its body shape, reverse headstock, and offset position markers. It’s built with an alder body, maple neck, and fingerboard. Washburn fits it with a P-style pickup and passive electronics for an...

Eastwood Guitars Aims to Revive 1968 Saturn IV Bass
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Eastwood Guitars Aims to Revive 1968 Saturn IV Bass

Eastwood Guitars is bringing back another blast from the past with their own version of the Saturn IV Bass. The hollowbody model was originally introduced by Vox in 1968 and was only in production for one year, making it a rare instrument to come across. The bass will be constructed with a bound laminated maple body, a maple top featuring...

ESP Introduces LTD EC-154 Bass Guitar
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ESP Introduces LTD EC-154 Bass Guitar

ESP has expanded their LTD bass range with the EC-154, an affordable model based on their Eclipse body shape. Available in black and white, the bass is built with a basswood body, a bolt-on maple neck, and a rosewood fretboard. The EC-154 is loaded with a pair of ESP Designed SB-4 pickups matched to an active ABQ-3 preamp. It has...

Ibanez Announces Talman Bass Series
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Ibanez Announces Talman Bass Series

Ibanez is taking a page out of the old school with their new Talman Bass Series, consisting of the TMB300 and TMB100. The basses, which feature a retro aesthetic, share many of the same features with the 300 having an edge in features. Both models are built with a mahogany body, maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard. The TMB300’s fingerboard is...

Bass on a Budget: 9 Basses Under $500
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Bass on a Budget: 9 Basses Under $500

Our third entry in the “Basses on a Budget” series includes basses we’ve covered between August, 2013 and August, 2014, with a price tag of $500 or less. As we said previously: This is not a “best bass under $500? list – we don’t like those lists much anyway. We’ll leave that up to you decide. Of course, if you...

Ibanez Introduces Peter Iwers PIB3 5-String Bass
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Ibanez Introduces Peter Iwers PIB3 5-String Bass

In Flames bassist Peter Iwers has teamed up with Ibanez to release a third signature bass called the PIB3. Featuring a new blood red finish, the company says the new five-string model’s secret weapon is the EQB-IIID 3-band EQ. The mid control is set up to boost at one frequency while cutting at a different frequency to optimize mid-frequency control....