After discontinuing a similar model two years ago, Epiphone has reissued the Embassy bass. The design retains the asymmetrical solid mahogany double-cutaway body design found on the original 1963 version.
Hartke has expanded their Hydrive bass cabinet lineup with the new lightweight HL series. The series includes four models, which are all loaded with the company’s HyDrive speaker with neodymium magnets.
D’Addario has introduced a new tuning pedal called the Chromatic Pedal Tuner+. The new utility device is described as having the speed and accuracy of the original pedal tuner with two new onboard features.
Ibanez has unveiled their annual limited edition run of SR Premium basses, which they describe as “built to be noticed.” The four-string SR4CMLTD and five-string SR5CMLTD are built with multi-piece bodies of alternating ash and figured maple.
Sadowsky Guitars has unveiled four new limited edition models for 2021 with two in the MetroLine series and two Masterbuilt instruments. All of the instruments are built in Germany.
Harley Benton has announced a new compact bass amp called the Block-300B. Weighing just 3.4 pounds, the amp boasts 300 watts of power at 4 ohms with a five-band EQ.
2021 marks the 90th anniversary of Rickenbacker Guitars, who have just revealed limited edition guitar and bass models to mark the occasion. While details are still slim, the bass model is called the 4005XC and has some serious retro appeal.
Sandberg Guitars is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with a limited edition version of the California Supreme. The bass is described as the “boutique bass flagship of Braunschweig’s creative forge.”
Electro-Harmonix has announced the Ripped Speaker, a fuzz pedal that pays homage to the very beginnings of distorted bass sounds. The first sound of a distorted stringed instrument was a gnarly Bass VI tone on “Don’t Worry” by Marty Robbins.
Red Panda has updated their Bitmap pedal with version two for 2021. The bitcrusher features fractional bit reduction and sample rate modulation to create lo-fi sounds, and the updated edition adds several features.
Source Audio is gearing up for the big launch of their Ultrawave Multiband Processor, and to warm things up, they’ll be releasing a limited edition beta unit.
Ibanez has expanded their SR line of basses with the SR600E Series, which includes four-string, five-string, and six-string versions. The new models are crafted with an ash body, jatoba and walnut neck, and a rosewood fingerboard.