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Fender Custom Shop Introduces 2012 Bass Models
Basses

Fender Custom Shop Introduces 2012 Bass Models

Fender’s Custom Shop has announced two new bass models for 2012, including the 2012 Closet Classic Precision Bass Pro and the 1961 Closet Classic Jazz Bass. Both models are built in the U.S. by Fender’s master builders. According to Fender, the Closet Classic Precision Bass Pro combines “the best of the Precision and Jazz Bass models,” which can be partly...

Fender Announces “Select” Series, Including New Precision and Jazz Bass Models
Basses

Fender Announces “Select” Series, Including New Precision and Jazz Bass Models

Fender is kicking off 2012 with the introduction of the Fender Select Series, which they describe as it’s “new top-of-the-production-line best” instruments. The series, which includes new Precision and Jazz Bass models, presents the company’s classic designs with marked upgrades like choice tone woods, quartersawn maple necks with compound-radius fretboards, and specially voiced Select pickups. The Fender Select Precision Bass...

Fender Introduces New Gig Stand
Accessories & Strings

Fender Introduces New Gig Stand

Fender has introduced a new instrument stand designed to end the bulkiness of traditional instrument stands. The compact stand was created to be as unobtrusive as possible by folding up in two steps and weighing just a little more than the average instrument cable. The stand’s slim design fits most basses and guitars, while rubber contact points provide a strong...

Fender Reintroduces Jaguar Bass
Basses

Fender Reintroduces Jaguar Bass

Fender is once again shipping the Jaguar Bass, which was discontinued last year. Originally introduced in 2006, the Fender Deluxe Jaguar Bass now comes in three finishes: 3-Color Sunburst, Candy Apple Red, and Cobalt Blue. The Jaguar bass features an alder body, a C-shaped maple neck and a rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets. Aged white pearloid block inlays...

Fender Introduces Modern Player Series Bass Guitars
Bass Gear

Fender Introduces Modern Player Series Bass Guitars

Fender has unveiled the Modern Player Series, including three new basses. The Modern Player versions of the company’s Telecaster, Jaguar and Jazz basses are entry-level instruments with modern features and “unconventional” takes on their predecessors. The new Telecaster Bass features an alder body, “C” shape maple neck and a maple fretboard. The vintage-styled bass, originally issued in 1968, departs from...

Fender Releases Classic ’70s Precision Bass
Bass Gear

Fender Releases Classic ’70s Precision Bass

Fender has released the Classic Series ’70s Precision Bass, paying homage to the P-bass of yesteryear. Made in Japan, the basses include era-specific features like the bass-side thumbrest, the ’70s-style large headstock logo and a bound neck with block inlays. The bass has an alder body with a C-shaped maple neck and fretboard, which has a 9.5″ radius and 20...

Fender Releases T-Bucket Acoustic Bass Guitar
Bass Gear

Fender Releases T-Bucket Acoustic Bass Guitar

Fender has released the T-Bucket Bass, the first four-stringer in their Hot Rod Design series. The acoustic bass guitar includes a Fishman Isys III pickup system for amplification, complete with a three-band EQ, onboard preamp and tuner. Finished in a classic three-color sunburst, the T-Bucket features a flame maple top with scalloped X bracing and mahogany back, sides and neck....

Fender Introduces Bronco 40 Bass Amp
Bass Gear

Fender Introduces Bronco 40 Bass Amp

Fender has introduced the Bronco 40, a bass amplifier with built-in effects and amp modeling. The 1×10 combo also includes Fender’s FUSE software and USB connectivity, allowing it to function as an audio interface with DAWs as well as tweak and swap presets online. Rated at 40 watts, the amp has 24 on-board presets using 8 amp models including the...

Fender Introduces Blacktop Series Basses
Bass Gear

Fender Introduces Blacktop Series Basses

Fender has incorporated some low end into their Blacktop series with the introduction of the Blacktop Precision and Blacktop Jazz Bass guitars. The line of basses are made for a thick, heavy sound and are what Fender describes as “two of the most distinctive iterations of the instruments.” Built on an alder body, the Blacktop Precision has two humbucking pickups...

Fender Expands Rumble Bass Amplification Line
Bass Gear

Fender Expands Rumble Bass Amplification Line

Fender has expanded their Rumble Bass amplification line with the inclusion of the Rumble 150 and 350 heads with supporting 1×12, 2×8, and 4×10 cabinets. The heads, rated at 150- and 350-watts respectively, feature built-in overdrive controls with Gain and Blend knobs as well as a 4-band EQ with Punch and Scoop switches. The amps also feature an XLR Line...

Gear Watch: Fender Releases American Special Basses and Mark Hoppus Update
Bass Gear, NAMM 2011

Gear Watch: Fender Releases American Special Basses and Mark Hoppus Update

Fender has rolled out a few new bass products this year, including the introduction of their bass models into the American Special series and an update to the Mark Hoppus Signature Jazz Bass. The American Special Precision and Jazz basses are built in the U.S. and feature a slim neck profile, high-gloss finish, and the Fender “Greasebucket” circuit. The circuit...

Gear Watch: Fender 60th Anniversary Precision Bass
Bass Gear, NAMM 2011

Gear Watch: Fender 60th Anniversary Precision Bass

Believe it or not, 2011 marks 60 years since Fender introduced the Precision bass and revolutionized bass playing. (For a quick history lesson, check out this video.) To mark the occasion, Fender is producing a special limited edition 60th Anniversary Precision Bass. Built in the U.S., the Anniversary P-bass features an ash body, maple neck and fretboard with a modern...