Bass Gear: The Latest Basses, Amps, Effects & More
While May had a historically low volume of bass news, there were enough companies sharing new gear. Here are the top 10 reader favorite bass gear stories in May.
Jordan Rannells sent us some details on his amazing new bass by Rybski Custom Bass Guitars. Dubbed “The Empathy Bass,” the instrument features the empathy symbol, which represents two sides reaching out to each other.
Spector has teamed up with Blackstar Amplification to release a limited edition version of the FLY 3 bass amp. The compact practice amp, which offers 3 watts of power through a 3-inch speaker, is adorned with the Spector logo.
Suncoast has unveiled a new pedal called the LM-1 Dynamic Limiter. Designed for both bass and guitar, the unit is described as a “classic true RMS Limiter design with variable threshold.”
This week we’re checking out the P-Bass Prototype #2 by Kazakhstan’s Adil Sabit Guitars. The semi-hollow body bass mixes some old school elements with some more modern features.
Alberto Rinaldis shared his recently finished EVO-FX4 bass with us, which seems like part sports car with its sleek lines and attractive yellow finish. The Luxembourg-based luthier made sure it plays as well as it looks.
Schecter Guitar Research is reintroducing its Ultra Bass series this year that will include a four-string and a five-string model. The 2020 version will feature the company’s original Ultra body shape fitted with EMG TBHZ pickups.
ESP has updated its LTD D series of basses for 2020 with a new wood configuration. Most notable is their new burled poplar top that comes in a Black Natural Burst Satin finish.
Sire is launching several new models for June including the new P10, which they describe as the higher version of their P7 model. “Just like the V10, the P10 has a roasted flame maple neck, giving you a high-end feel and sound,” the company says.
This week we’re checking out the Schönitz Zett, a five-string acoustic bass guitar with some interesting build details. Luthier Jens Schönitz optimized the body for comfort and extra volume.
Fender has expanded their Player Series of instruments with a handful of guitars and one new bass: the Player Mustang Bass PJ. The short-scale bass fits a new pickup set into the vintage body style.
Among their many new products shown at NAMM, Warwick announced that MEC bass pickups would now be available with brushed metal housings. Now the pickups are available for purchase. The sets come in gold, black, and silver finishes.