Eastwood Guitars is now shipping the Newport Bass, which is a tribute to a vintage bass from the ’60s. The EPI bass guitar, or EB-S, was manufactured between 1961 and 1969; and this example comes from the middle year, 1965.
This week we’re taking a look at the Thirty, a short scale bass from Marceau Guitars. Sporting a 30-inch scale and flexible options, the bass offers plenty of versatility.
Traveler Guitars has expanded their line of portable hollow-body instruments with the CL-3BE Acoustic Bass. The four-string is 3/4 the size of a standard instrument and has a 23.35-inch scale length.
The Eastwood Custom Shop has collaborated with designer John Backlund once again to create the Backlund 100 Bass. Modeled after the retro-futuristic guitar, the bass is built with an offset and angular mahogany body matched to a mahogany neck.
Ibanez’s Artcore series of semi-hollow body instruments is getting a new bass this year called the AGB260. The short-scale bass is part of the Vibrante subset of the line and as such comes in Sea Foam Green with a pearloid pickguard.
Reverend Guitars and New Bohemians bassist Brad Houser have teamed up once again for a new signature bass called the Basshouser Fatfish 32. The 32-inch scale bass features a semi-hollow body and set-neck construction with a raised center section.
Ernie Ball Music Man has announced a limited run of a short scale version of their StingRay bass. The 2019 Short Scale StingRay Special is a passive bass that has a 30-inch scale for easier playability.
Fender has refreshed the Squier Classic Vibe Series with several decade-specific models of their flagship instruments. For bassists, that includes the Classic Vibe ’60s Jazz Bass, the Classic Vibe ’60s Precision Bass, the Classic Vibe ’70s Jazz Bass, and the Classic Vibe Bass VI.
Ibanez has expanded their flagship SR series of basses with the SRMD200 “Mezzo”. The entry-level model comes in a variety of finishes but sets itself apart with a medium 32-inch scale.
Seeing a “violin” bass is fairly common, but Byron Isaacs decided to go a different direction and dreamed up a bass mixed with a mandolin. He approached luthier Harvey Citron to make it a reality. The result: the Byron "F" Style Bass.