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Aria Guitars Announces the Aria Pro II 313-MK2 “Detroit” Bass
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Aria Guitars Announces the Aria Pro II 313-MK2 “Detroit” Bass

Aria Guitars is paying homage to the classics this year with their Hot Rod Collection, which includes the Aria Pro II 313-MK2 “Detroit” bass. Unveiled at the Winter NAMM Show, the bass comes in four and five-string versions.

Bass of the Week: Mike Lull Custom Guitars M4V/M5V
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Mike Lull Custom Guitars M4V/M5V

Last week, the bass community suffered a major blow with the loss of Mike Lull. Beyond his incredible craftsmanship, Lull was a positive force and an inspiration to all those he met. We wanted to honor him by featuring the M4V/M5V as our bass of the week.

Ibanez Unveils EHB Headless Bass Series
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Ibanez Unveils EHB Headless Bass Series

Headless bass designs were a big theme at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show, and Ibanez got in on the action with their new EHB series. The models have a new, specially designed body that maintains its playing position whether you’re sitting or standing.

Reverend Guitars Announces Mike Watt Wattplower Mark II Bass
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Reverend Guitars Announces Mike Watt Wattplower Mark II Bass

Reverend Guitars and Mike Watt have teamed up to refine the bassist’s signature bass, dubbed the Wattplower. The new Wattplower Mark II features many of the original’s design concepts while adding a new pickup configuration.

Bass of the Week: Geist Custom Instruments Phantom BF5
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Geist Custom Instruments Phantom BF5

This week we’re checking out the Phantom BF5 by Geist Custom Instruments. Luthier Tim Gospodinov shared that he “enjoys experimenting with tonal characteristics of different shapes and materials...”

Spector Unveils Euro 4 Ian Hill Judas Priest 50th Anniversary Signature
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Spector Unveils Euro 4 Ian Hill Judas Priest 50th Anniversary Signature

Judas Priest turns 50 this year, and Spector is helping bassist Ian Hill celebrate by updating his signature Euro4 bass. Hill, who is the only member to stay in the band its entire existence, worked with the company on some new specifications.

G&L Guitars Unveils 40th Anniversary Custom Shop L-2000 Bass
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G&L Guitars Unveils 40th Anniversary Custom Shop L-2000 Bass

G&L Guitars is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its flagship bass model, the L-2000, which was designed by Leo Fender in the company’s early days. To commemorate the occasion, they’ve unveiled a Ruby Anniversary Custom Shop L-2000.

Ashdown Teams with Dan Lakin For New Range of Bass Guitars
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Ashdown Teams with Dan Lakin For New Range of Bass Guitars

Another one of the exciting developments at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show was the introduction of Ashdown’s range of bass guitars. The four new models are a collaboration with Dan Lakin, formerly of Lakland Guitars and currently of D. Lakin Guitars.

Nordstrand Audio Acinonyx Bass Available For Preorder
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Nordstrand Audio Acinonyx Bass Available For Preorder

After revealing a prototype at last year’s NAMM Show, Nordstrand Audio has announced a production version of the Acinonyx short-scale bass. Nicknamed the “Cat Bass,” the bass takes its aesthetics from the classic Goya Panther.

Bass of the Week: Burretone Guitars PS 51 Tribute
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Burretone Guitars PS 51 Tribute

Greece’s Burretone Guitars makes handcrafted instruments based on vintage designs. Their first build of 2020 is for a customer who wanted a tribute to the classic 1951 Precision in all maple.

Bass of the Week: BlueLotus Basses BLSC4
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: BlueLotus Basses BLSC4

This week we’re checking out the BlueLotus Basses BLSC4, a singlecut neck-through design built by Matt Scarpa. The luthier crafted it around a five-piece quarter-sawn hard maple and wenge neck.

Sandberg Guitars Announces the Lionel Short-Scale Bass
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Sandberg Guitars Announces the Lionel Short-Scale Bass

Sandberg Guitars was on hand at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show to display several new products, including a new short-scale passive bass called the Lionel. Featuring a 30-inch scale, the bass is based on the company’s California VS model.