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Spector Unveils Euro 4 Ian Hill Judas Priest 50th Anniversary Signature
Basses

Spector Unveils Euro 4 Ian Hill Judas Priest 50th Anniversary Signature

Judas Priest turns 50 this year, and Spector is helping bassist Ian Hill celebrate by updating his signature Euro4 bass. Hill, who is the only member to stay in the band its entire existence, worked with the company on some new specifications.

Yamaha Introduces the SLB300SK Silent Bass
Basses

Yamaha Introduces the SLB300SK Silent Bass

Yamaha unveiled the next generation of their Silent Bass series of electric upright basses at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show. The new SLB300SK continues the range’s familiar feel of acoustic double bass but has an important update in its tonal qualities.

G&L Guitars Unveils 40th Anniversary Custom Shop L-2000 Bass
Basses

G&L Guitars Unveils 40th Anniversary Custom Shop L-2000 Bass

G&L Guitars is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its flagship bass model, the L-2000, which was designed by Leo Fender in the company’s early days. To commemorate the occasion, they’ve unveiled a Ruby Anniversary Custom Shop L-2000.

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Ashdown Teams with Dan Lakin For New Range of Bass Guitars
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Ashdown Teams with Dan Lakin For New Range of Bass Guitars

Another one of the exciting developments at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show was the introduction of Ashdown’s range of bass guitars. The four new models are a collaboration with Dan Lakin, formerly of Lakland Guitars and currently of D. Lakin Guitars.

Neural DSP Announces the Quad Cortex Floor Modeler
Pedals & Effects

Neural DSP Announces the Quad Cortex Floor Modeler

Neural DSP has so far released several plugins for modeling software. The company, founded by Douglas Castro of Darkglass, has now unleashed its first piece of hardware. The Quad Cortex is a unit they call the “most powerful floor modeler on the planet.”

Bass of the Week: Malinoski Guitars Nero Bass #395
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Malinoski Guitars Nero Bass #395

The NAMM Show has a row called the Boutique Guitar Showcase, which allows for independent luthiers to show off their instruments. This year I got to catch up with Peter Malinoski of Malinoski Guitars, who showed me his Nero model.

Tech 21 Introduces the Geddy Lee DI-2112 Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Tech 21 Introduces the Geddy Lee DI-2112 Pedal

Building on their line of Geddy Lee signature models, Tech 21 unveiled the Sansamp DI-2112 at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show. The pedal combines features from GED-2112 rackmount and the SanAmp YYZ.

TWA Introduces Microchasm Octave Box and the Wahxidizer Envelope-Controlled Fuzz Pedals
Pedals & Effects

TWA Introduces Microchasm Octave Box and the Wahxidizer Envelope-Controlled Fuzz Pedals

Godlyke, Inc. was at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show to display two new pedals from Totally Wycked Audio (TWA): the Microchasm Octave Box and the Wahxidizer envelope-controlled fuzz. Each pedal is suitable for both bass and guitar.

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in January 2020
Gear Roundup

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in January 2020

January is always a big month for bass gear news, thanks to the annual Winter NAMM Show. Here are the top 10 reader favorite bass gear stories we covered for the month.

Aguilar Amplification Unveils Limited Edition Silver Anniversary Pedals
Pedals & Effects

Aguilar Amplification Unveils Limited Edition Silver Anniversary Pedals

Aguilar Amplification is celebrating their 25th anniversary with a limited edition run of their pedal lineup. The Silver Anniversary pedals come finished in the company’s silver and black color scheme with a special decal and commemorative package.

Nordstrand Audio Acinonyx Bass Available For Preorder
Basses

Nordstrand Audio Acinonyx Bass Available For Preorder

After revealing a prototype at last year’s NAMM Show, Nordstrand Audio has announced a production version of the Acinonyx short-scale bass. Nicknamed the “Cat Bass,” the bass takes its aesthetics from the classic Goya Panther.

Aguilar Amplification Introduces the DB 925 Bass Preamp Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Aguilar Amplification Introduces the DB 925 Bass Preamp Pedal

Aguilar Amplification has introduced its first micro pedal with the DB 925 Bass Preamp. Inspired by their DB 924, the new unit is al all-FET preamp with bass and treble boost controls.