Bass Gear: The Latest Basses, Amps, Effects & More
Felton Guitars has announced the King Bass, a signature model for Kevin Scott. Scott worked with luthier Jon Levister to create what he calls “an original take on a classic meets modern tone.”
Carl Thompson is a pioneer of bass building, and he’s still pushing the limits and building world-class instruments. This week we’re checking out his latest build, made for Brian Kelly, who got a Full-Frills model with an enormous 38-inch scale.
December was a pretty big month for new bass gear coverage. Recapping the final month of 2020, here are the top 10 No Treble reader favorite bass gear stories we published during the month.
Fender wrapped up 2020 with the introduction of the limited edition Boxer Series. Made in Japan, the lineup includes a Precision Bass model that comes in Sherwood Green Metallic or Torino Red.
Five years ago, Sandberg Guitars introduced the vintage rock-inspired Forty Eight model. This year they worked with Victor Brandt of Dimmu Borgir to create a signature version. Kevin took the 4- and 5-string basses for a spin in this new review.
Eastwood Guitars has unveiled another new project for 2021 with the Tiger Bass. Modeled after Jerry Garcia’s iconic instrument, the bass version will carry on many of the features as their guitar tribute.
Trace Elliot shocked the bass world three years ago with the introduction of the ELF ultra-compact bass amp, which dishes out 200 watts while weighing just 1.6 pounds. Now they’ve grown the ELF into a combo series, as well.
Dog-On-It Strings has teamed up with Freekbass to create a new signature series of strings. Though he’s known for his funk style, the company says that the set was designed specifically for tone, comfort, and diverse playability.
Singleton Guitars’ Stellar Funk5 bass features a killer purple and pearl yin yang design. It’s hand-crafted by luthier Mark Singleton, who built it with a Western Red cedar body, a flamed maple neck, and a bubinga fingerboard.
McGregor Pedals has unveiled their second pedal, called the Crunch Plus overdrive. The boutique effects company calls it a continuation of their first offering, the Crunch Transparent Overdrive.
Last year, G&L introduced the Launch Edition of a new model called the Fallout bass. Now, it’s an official part of the USA-made Fullerton Deluxe lineup. The short-scale bass comes in four color schemes with differing fingerboards.
BITE Guitars has unveiled a new showpiece called the Pussycat Bass, which features a leopard pattern spray-painted by hand. The new finish style is a new offering in the already highly customizable lineup.