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Bass of the Week: Burretone Guitars PS 51 Tribute
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Burretone Guitars PS 51 Tribute

Greece’s Burretone Guitars makes handcrafted instruments based on vintage designs. Their first build of 2020 is for a customer who wanted a tribute to the classic 1951 Precision in all maple.

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MXR Unveils the Thump Bass Preamp Pedal
Pedals & Effects

MXR Unveils the Thump Bass Preamp Pedal

MXR unveiled the Thump bass preamp at this year’s Winter NAMM Show. Based on the Echoplex preamp, the compact green pedal features a three-band EQ with a mid-frequency knob.

GR Bass Unveils the AeroTech Featherweight Bass Cabinet Series
Amps

GR Bass Unveils the AeroTech Featherweight Bass Cabinet Series

One of the most shocking pieces of gear we found at the 2020 NAMM Show was the AeroTech bass cabinet series from GR Bass. The lineup is described as the lightest bass guitar speaker cabinets in the world.

Taylor Adds Koa Version of GS Mini-e Bass
Basses

Taylor Adds Koa Version of GS Mini-e Bass

Taylor has expanded its GS Mini line with a new bass model. The GS Mini-e Koa Bass sports the same scaled-down body and string length as its maple predecessor, with some new features.

Gallien-Krueger Fusion S Series Amps Now Available
Amps

Gallien-Krueger Fusion S Series Amps Now Available

Gallien-Krueger has expanded its amp offerings with the new Fusion S series of heads. The hybrid amps have a tube preamp matched with a Class D power section. They also include a new first for the company.

EMG Unveils the Robert Trujillo “Rip Tide” Signature Pickup Set
Pickups

EMG Unveils the Robert Trujillo “Rip Tide” Signature Pickup Set

EMG has expanded its lineup of signature bass pickups with the Robert Trujillo Signature “Rip Tide” Set. The Metallica bassist’s new pickups are described as a first with “stainless steel, black chrome caps to the world of the jazz bass.”

Genzler Amplification Announces the BA15-3 SLT Bass Cabinet
Amps

Genzler Amplification Announces the BA15-3 SLT Bass Cabinet

Genzler Amplification was at NAMM 2020 to unveil a new bass cab in their Bass Array line. The BA15-3 is fitted with a 15-inch driver with a vertical array of four 3-inch drivers, and more.

Bass of the Week: BlueLotus Basses BLSC4
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: BlueLotus Basses BLSC4

This week we’re checking out the BlueLotus Basses BLSC4, a singlecut neck-through design built by Matt Scarpa. The luthier crafted it around a five-piece quarter-sawn hard maple and wenge neck.

Sandberg Guitars Announces the Lionel Short-Scale Bass
Basses

Sandberg Guitars Announces the Lionel Short-Scale Bass

Sandberg Guitars was on hand at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show to display several new products, including a new short-scale passive bass called the Lionel. Featuring a 30-inch scale, the bass is based on the company’s California VS model.

Ashdown Announces The Ant Micro Bass Amp
Amps

Ashdown Announces The Ant Micro Bass Amp

Ashdown has unveiled a new and impossibly small 200-watt bass amp called The Ant. Weighing in at just two pounds, the unit measures 8 inches wide, 4.6 inches deep, and 2.4 inches tall including its feet and knobs.

EarthQuaker Devices Announce Life Pedal V2
Pedals & Effects

EarthQuaker Devices Announce Life Pedal V2

After the first version sold out almost immediately, Earthquaker Devices has unveiled the Life Pedal V2. The circuit is in a new, more traditional housing and has all the sounds of the original with a few more features.

Fodera Unveils New Yin Yang Standard Basses
Basses

Fodera Unveils New Yin Yang Standard Basses

Fodera doesn’t have a booth at the Winter NAMM Show this year, though they’ll be on hand. That isn’t stopping them from revealing the new Yin Yang Standard, which will come in two color/wood options: Purple Heart or Mahogany.