Skip to main content

NAMM 2014 Archives

The No Treble Crew is in Anaheim to cover the 2014 Winter NAMM Show. Be sure to check back often for all the latest bass news and more from the show.

Spector Unveils Helium Series Basses
Basses

Spector Unveils Helium Series Basses

Spector introduced their Helium Series of NS and Forte basses at Winter NAMM this year. The series uses a unique combination of reclaimed woods to create basses that weigh in at seven pounds and twelve ounces. “The top of this neck thru body instruments wings are carved from quarter sawn sycamore obtained from salvaged logs of trees which have blown...

Peavey Announces MiniMax and MiniMega Compact Bass Amplifier Heads
Amps

Peavey Announces MiniMax and MiniMega Compact Bass Amplifier Heads

Peavey announced a pair of new compact bass heads at NAMM this year with the MiniMax and the MiniMega. The amps are rated at 400 and 1000 watts, respectively, and weigh in at five and eight pounds. The 400-watt MiniMax’s preamp is loaded with a 3-band EQ accented by Punch, Mid-shift, and Bright controls for further tonal shaping as well...

ESP Introduces LTD RB Series Design with Rocco Prestia
Basses

ESP Introduces LTD RB Series Design with Rocco Prestia

ESP has introduced the RB Series of basses to their LTD line. Designed over the course of a year with Tower of Power’s Rocco Prestia, the bass is built to offer tonal flexibility. The RB comes in 4-, 5-, and 6-string versions in either Natural or Honey Natural finishes. Each bass is fitted with Aguilar PJ pickups and an Aguilar...

Ashdown Launches Rootmaster Series Bass Amplifiers
Amps

Ashdown Launches Rootmaster Series Bass Amplifiers

Ashdown Engineering unveiled a new range of amplifiers in their Rootmaster Series at this year’s NAMM Show. The lineup includes two bass heads, five speaker cabinets, and three combo amplifiers offered at an affordable price. The Rootmaster amplifiers and combos come in either 220 or 420 watts with the combos offering 1×15″, 2×10″, and 1×12″ speaker configurations. Each of the...

Baer Amplification’s New Valkyrie Bass Amp Now Available
Amps

Baer Amplification’s New Valkyrie Bass Amp Now Available

Baer Amplification is now shipping the Valkyrie, an 850-watt bass amplifier featuring the company’s Trans-Hybrid Preamp. The Valkyrie’s solid state preamp sounds rich without adding much coloration while the amp’s tube hybrid preamp adds more personality with more harmonic overtones and growl. The two sections are switched as easily as the push of a button. The Valkyrie puts out 850...

Dunlop Announces the MXR M81 Bass Preamp Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Dunlop Announces the MXR M81 Bass Preamp Pedal

Dunlop has expanded the MXR Bass Innovations series with the M81 Bass Preamp, a pedal that packs a preamp into a stompbox the size of the company’s Phase 90. Similar to a studio preamp, the Bass Preamp has level controls for its input and output. The EQ section has bass, mid, and treble controls with a sweepable midrange from 250Hz...

Darkglass Electronics Introduces Vintage Deluxe Preamp Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Darkglass Electronics Introduces Vintage Deluxe Preamp Pedal

Darkglass Electronics is expanding on their vintage pedal concept this year with the Vintage Deluxe Preamp. A riff on their Microtubes Vintage, the pedal revolves around an ERA knob that interacts with the drive control to dish out different tones from the ’70s through the ’90s. The Vintage Deluxe takes the Drive, Level, ERA, and Blend controls from its predecessor...

Regenerate Guitars Introduces Bill Clements Signature 4-String Bass
Basses

Regenerate Guitars Introduces Bill Clements Signature 4-String Bass

Regenerate Guitar Works debuted their first artist signature model at NAMM this year with their Bill Clements Signature 4-string bass. Clements, who is known for his wicked left hand tapping style, worked closely with the company to make the bass’s design the exact type he would use. “Unlike many artist signature models where the artist is playing a customized version...

ESP Unveils Stream Bass Series
Basses

ESP Unveils Stream Bass Series

ESP debuted a lot at NAMM this year, including their brand new bass design: The Stream. The new bass, which is available in their ESP Original, E-II, and LTD brands, is a bolt-on single cut bass with a 34″ scale. ESP Original Stream Bass The ESP Original Series Stream bass is handbuilt in Japan alongside the company’s custom shop instruments....

Bartolini Announces NTMB+ Preamp Module
Accessories & Strings

Bartolini Announces NTMB+ Preamp Module

Bartolini Pickups and Electronics has introduced the NTMB+ 3-band preamp module. The new model takes the place of the NTMB/918, which was comprised of two modules. The new preamp module is also 30% smaller than its predecessor. “The NTMB+ reduces the pre-amp size by 30%, which will better fit guitars and basses that have small cavities,” says Bartolini president Clyde...