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Fender Unveils the American Ultra Series Basses
Basses

Fender Unveils the American Ultra Series Basses

After teasing it for several days, Fender has unveiled the American Ultra Series, which they call their “most advanced” line of basses. The series is defined by new Ultra Noiseless Vintage pickups, newly-designed body contours, and faster playing necks.

Fender Unveils New Player Series Bass Colors
Basses

Fender Unveils New Player Series Bass Colors

Fender has introduced two new colors to their Player Series: Silver and Capri Orange. The new hues apply to the entire mid-priced, made-in-Mexico line including the Fender Player Precision, Player Jazz Bass, and the Player Jaguar Bass.

Fender Custom Shop Unveils Limited Edition Phil Lynott Precision Bass
Basses

Fender Custom Shop Unveils Limited Edition Phil Lynott Precision Bass

The late Thin Lizzy bassist Phil Lynott is being honored with a new limited edition signature bass from the Fender Custom Shop. Crafted by Master Builder John Cruz, the bass “painstakingly” recreates Lynott’s original bass in precise detail.

New Squier Classic Vibe Basses Debut at Summer NAMM
Basses

New Squier Classic Vibe Basses Debut at Summer NAMM

Fender launched nine new models to its Squier Classic Vibe series at the Summer NAMM Show. That includes four new basses: the Classic Vibe ’50s Precision, the Classic Vibe ’70s Precision, the Classic Vibe ’60s Mustang, and the Classic Vibe Jaguar.

Fender Announces the Vintera Series Basses
Basses

Fender Announces the Vintera Series Basses

Fender has added a new line of instruments called the Vintera series. The lineup includes vintage-style guitars and basses made in Ensenada, Baja California in Mexico that draw their features from the company’s first three decades.

Fender Announces Limited Edition Lightweight Ash American Professional Jazz Bass
Basses

Fender Announces Limited Edition Lightweight Ash American Professional Jazz Bass

Fender has unveiled a new limited edition Lightweight Ash American Professional line of instruments. The series includes a Strat, a Telecaster, and, most importantly, a Jazz Bass. Each model is built with a lightweight ash body while retaining most features from their American Professional counterpart.

Marc Stranger-Najjar: History of the Fender Jazz Bass
Bass Videos

Marc Stranger-Najjar: History of the Fender Jazz Bass

Fender has more or less stuck to their two original bass models: the Precision and the Jazz. Following up on an in-depth look at the history of the Precision, Chicago Music Exchange’s Marc Stranger-Najjar digs into the evolution of the Jazz bass starting with its inception in 1960.

Fender Introduces New Effects Including First Bass-Specific Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Fender Introduces New Effects Including First Bass-Specific Pedal

Fender unveiled six new effects pedals featuring original designed circuits at the 2019 Winter NAMM Show. Notable among the new stompboxes is the Downtown Express, which marks the company’s first official bass effects pedal.

Fender Previews the Rarities Flame Ash Top Jazz Bass
Basses

Fender Previews the Rarities Flame Ash Top Jazz Bass

Among the new releases Fender previewed at the 2019 Winter NAMM Show was the Rarities Series, which they called “an upscale, boutique series of 9 models crafted in Corona, California.” One of those nine instruments is the Rarities Flame Ash Top Jazz Bass.

Fender Expands Rumble Series Bass Amps for 2019
Amps

Fender Expands Rumble Series Bass Amps for 2019

Fender expanded their Rumble series of bass amplifiers this year with a new combo called the Rumble LT25 as well as the Rumble 800 Head. Each unit was debuted at the 2019 Winter NAMM Show and will be hitting the market in March.

Fender Revamps the Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass
Basses

Fender Revamps the Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass

Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Fender have teamed up once again to refresh the Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass. The instrument is based on the ’80s Jazz Bass Special he used to record the album “Appetite for Destruction.”

Fender Unveils Limited Edition Made In Japan Basses
Basses

Fender Unveils Limited Edition Made In Japan Basses

Fender announced a new line of limited edition Made in Japan instruments including a handful of new basses at the 2019 NAMM Show. The new lineup includes models with traditional specs as well two with “hybrid” models.