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Markbass Unveils the Mark Vintage Pre Preamp Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Markbass Unveils the Mark Vintage Pre Preamp Pedal

After previewing it at the NAMM Show earlier this year, Markbass has revealed the full details of the Mark Vintage Pre. A big part of the pedal’s creation came from a suggestion by Marcus Miller, who was looking for a compact recording unit.

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Bass of the Week: Ibanez TCB1006 Thundercat Signature Bass
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Ibanez TCB1006 Thundercat Signature Bass

Thundercat’s bass is as unique as his playing, so this week we’re taking a look at his signature model from Ibanez. The massive six-string hollow body is made in the company’s Japanese custom shop with curly maple for the back and sides and quilted maple for its top.

Bergantino Announces the Forté D Bass Amplifier
Amps

Bergantino Announces the Forté D Bass Amplifier

Bergantino Amplification has once again expanded their Forté line of bass amps with a new model. The 800-watt Forté D builds upon the original version with the company’s Big Fat Tube (BFT) technology.

Ernie Ball Music Man Unveils Cliff Williams Icon Series StingRay Bass
Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man Unveils Cliff Williams Icon Series StingRay Bass

AC/DC is back with a new album, complete with the classic lineup anchored by bassist Cliff Williams. Now, Ernie Ball Music Man is helping Williams celebrate with a limited-edition bass bearing his name.

Calton Cases and Gibson Collaborate for Signature Series Guitar Cases
Accessories & Strings

Calton Cases and Gibson Collaborate for Signature Series Guitar Cases

Calton Cases has teamed up with Gibson to create a Gibson Signature Series of guitar cases. The lineup includes custom cases made in Austin, Texas for all of Gibson’s basses through history.

Empress Effects Unveils Bass Compressor and Compressor MkII Pedals
Pedals & Effects

Empress Effects Unveils Bass Compressor and Compressor MkII Pedals

Empress Effects has expanded its lineup of compressors with two new models. While their flagship model has been revamped to include a “tilt” tone EQ control and selectable side chain, the new bass model has been retooled for us low-enders.

Bass of the Week: Marleaux Basses MBass Big Hollow 5-String Fretless
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Marleaux Basses MBass Big Hollow 5-String Fretless

Master luthier Gerald Marleaux is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Marleaux Basses this year, and he continues to experiment and dream up new instruments. This week we’re checking out the MBass Big Hollow 5-String Fretless.

Aluminati Guitar Co. Introduces Andromeda Aluminum Bass Necks
Accessories & Strings

Aluminati Guitar Co. Introduces Andromeda Aluminum Bass Necks

Aluminati Guitar Co. has expanded its line of aluminum instrument parts with a new set of bass necks. The Andromeda Aluminum Bass Necks are built with a combination of aerospace-grade aluminum and carbon fiber with a “familiar weight and feel.”

Spector Unveils NS Pulse Bass Guitar
Basses

Spector Unveils NS Pulse Bass Guitar

Spector is launching a new line of instruments called the NS Pulse Series, and they’re kicking off the range with the NS Pulse. The bass features their flagship NS body shape and is described as representing the core of Spector’s iconic design.

Bass of the Week: Odieng Red Viper 5
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Odieng Red Viper 5

Many entry-level basses are built in factories in Indonesia, but the country also has plenty of highly skilled luthiers. This week we’re checking out the Odieng Red Viper 5 that is absolutely decked out.

Nordstrand Audio Announces Power Blade 5 Pickup
Pickups

Nordstrand Audio Announces Power Blade 5 Pickup

Nordstrand Audio has expanded its Power Blade pickup line with a new five-string version. The hum-canceling pickup can be used as a drop-in replacement for a P-bass.

Jackson Guitars Introduces X Series Signature David Ellefson 30th Anniversary Concert Bass CBX IV
Basses

Jackson Guitars Introduces X Series Signature David Ellefson 30th Anniversary Concert Bass CBX IV

Earlier this year, Jackson Guitars and David Ellefson introduced the X Series Signature David Ellefson 30th Anniversary Concert Bass CBX V. Now they’re following it up with a four-string version, dubbed the CBX IV.