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Bass of the Week: Höfner Contemporary 500/5 President Bass
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Höfner Contemporary 500/5 President Bass

This week we’re checking out the Höfner 500/5 President Bass from their affordable Contemporary series. Modeled on the original hollow-body basses from the ’50s and ’60s, the bass has a 30-inch scale.

Summer NAMM 2019 Roundup: The Latest Bass Gear News
Gear Roundup

Summer NAMM 2019 Roundup: The Latest Bass Gear News

Summer NAMM happened this month, and we’ve been covering the bass gear news from the show. Here’s the latest, in order of most viewed (and more to come!)

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Boss Introduces RC-10R Rhythm Loop Station Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Boss Introduces RC-10R Rhythm Loop Station Pedal

Boss has expanded its looping pedals with the RC-10R Rhythm Loop Station pedal, which the company says is designed for in-the-moment music creation. It has 280 built-in rhythms with song structures and separate parts.

Fender Custom Shop Unveils Limited Edition Phil Lynott Precision Bass
Basses

Fender Custom Shop Unveils Limited Edition Phil Lynott Precision Bass

The late Thin Lizzy bassist Phil Lynott is being honored with a new limited edition signature bass from the Fender Custom Shop. Crafted by Master Builder John Cruz, the bass “painstakingly” recreates Lynott’s original bass in precise detail.

Source Audio Introduces the C4 Synth Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Source Audio Introduces the C4 Synth Pedal

Source Audio has revealed their latest creation with the C4 Synth. The pedal, which works for bass or guitar, is a four-voiced synthesizer that takes the sound creation tools of a classic Eurorack modular synthesizer and puts it into one compact pedal.

Vox Announces Starstream Active Basses
Basses

Vox Announces Starstream Active Basses

Vox was on-hand at the 2019 Summer NAMM Show to launch two new basses: The Starstream 1H Artist and the Starstream 2S Artist. Both are short-scale active basses based on the company’s Starstream guitar design.

Bass of the Week: MG Bass Africa 5 Andy Irvine Signature
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: MG Bass Africa 5 Andy Irvine Signature

This week we’re checking out the Africa 5 bass by MG Bass, which is a signature model for bassist Andy Irvine. Andy calls it a “blend of functional tone woods and eye candy.”

New Squier Classic Vibe Basses Debut at Summer NAMM
Basses

New Squier Classic Vibe Basses Debut at Summer NAMM

Fender launched nine new models to its Squier Classic Vibe series at the Summer NAMM Show. That includes four new basses: the Classic Vibe ’50s Precision, the Classic Vibe ’70s Precision, the Classic Vibe ’60s Mustang, and the Classic Vibe Jaguar.

Ampeg Launches Heritage 50th Anniversary SVT
Amps

Ampeg Launches Heritage 50th Anniversary SVT

Ampeg is celebrating five decades of the SVT bass amp with the Heritage 50th Anniversary SVT, which is launching at the 2019 Summer NAMM Show. The unit combines the SVT’s “most celebrated circuits” with the 1969 “Blue Line” and 1970s Magnavox-era circuits.

Jackson Guitars Unveils X Series Signature David Ellefson CBXM IV and V Basses
Basses

Jackson Guitars Unveils X Series Signature David Ellefson CBXM IV and V Basses

David Ellefson’s line of signature instruments has gotten a new spin with two new bassists: the 4-string X Series Signature David Ellefson Concert Bass CBXM IV and 5-string X Series Signature David Ellefson Concert Bass CBXM V.