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Obbligato debuts first Turnstyle analog bass modeling system

Obbligato, Inc. has released their first custom shop Turnstyle system, an analog bass modeling device for Fender Jazz and other similar basses. The system utilizes the bass’s existing magnetic pickups and a rotary switch to switch between six tones. The Turnstyle product is designed as a low cost alternative to digital processors and can be installed with basic soldering skills...

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Marshall Amps shipping newest MB Series bass amplifiers

Marshall Amplification’s newest additions to their MB Series bass amps are now shipping. Eight new models were added, including four combos, one head and three extension cabinets, in addition to the existing MB15 and MB30 models. Specific models: MB60 60-Watt, hybrid 1×12″ combo MB150 150-Watt, hybrid 1×15″ combo MB450H 450-Watt, hybrid head MB4210 450-Watt, hybrid 2×10″ combo MB4410 450-Watt, hybrid...

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The latest in bass fashion?

Blankets are okay, but they can slip and slide. So now there’s something called a Drapester for your axe, aka “the bass cover with sleeves!” According to their press release, Drapesters are essential to protect against dust, sunlight and “curious fingers” (because a towel just won’t do). They come in several sizes, from bass to parlor guitar, and you won’t...

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Rotosound announces new Nexus Bass strings

A new line of Rotosound Nexus Bass (Black Polymer Coated) strings will hit the shelves in March, 2009. The strings will be available in two popular guages: The NXB40 package will include 40, 60, 80 and 100 The NXB45 package will include 40, 65, 85, 105 Plus a single low B (130 guage). The strings are wrapped in a smooth...

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TC Looking for “Test-Pilots” of New RebelHead450 Bass Head

After decades of producing revolutionary music electronics, TC Electronic debuted its entry into the bass amp market at the 2009 NAMM show in Los Angeles. Says Uffe Kjems Hansen, head of TC Electronics’ instrument amp section, and bass player since the early 80s: “I’ve always loved bass so much, so when opportunity knocked and we got a chance to do...

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Citron’s new J Bass

Citron unveiled their new 4-String J Bass at NAMM this year. The 2″ thick Jazz has a Maple top over a honeycombed Ash body, a three-piece laminated Maple neck and a pau ferro fingerboard. Electronics include a volume control for each pickup, a passive tone, and treble and OPB1 bass boost by Aguilar. The company reports that it’s “the most...

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Guitar Storage introduces Session Guitar Rack

You can only lean so many basses up against a wall before they start falling. The new Session Guitar Rack by GuitarStorage.com solves that problem nicely. About 3 1/2 feet long and 2 feet deep, it cradles your basses (and the odd banjo or guitar) in felt-lined, cushioned comfort. It’s made with hardwood rails and melamine sides, and costs less...

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New Peavey Cirrus Series Rudy Sarzo Signature Bass

In honor of the tenth anniversary of the Cirrus bass, Peavey has brought out a limited edition hand-crafted Rudy Sarzo signature model. The Cirrus series features exotic woods, resonant neck-through-body design, and studio-quiet active electronics that make it a showcase of craftsmanship and technology. The Sarzo model is a four-string, and has a glossy, hand-stained maple top on an alder...

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NAMM Bass buzz from across the web

Here’s a nice roundup of stories we missed during the NAMM show. The new Ashbory Upright is the “the tiny bass that thinks it is a giant upright. It does deliver that URB acoustic bass sound, but in a most unusual way.” MarkBass pedals give you foot-switched control over a single effect. These new boxes are discussed in a blog...

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Peavey introduces three new bass amps

Peavey has announced three new amplifiers, two solid-state combo models available now and a tube unit available by mid-year. The redesigned TNT amp boasts 600 watts, and its sibling, the TKO powers at 400 watts. Both have the same 7-band EQ, an XLR direct interface, and most other controls. Special to the TNT are foot switchable optical compressor and crunch....