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Summer NAMM

Gear Watch: Ibanez Introduces Three New Series of Basses

Gear Watch: Ibanez Introduces Three New Series of Basses

Ibanez introduced a number of new basses at Summer NAMM 2010, including new GSR, SR370 and SRT900 series. GSR Series All three of the GSR series basses are available as 4-string only, and come with a P/J pickup configuration. Two left-handed models are offered, including a short-scale version (28.6″). The new GSR series offers a line of basses for players...

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Gear Watch: AweSome B-35 Bass Guitar

Gear Watch: AweSome B-35 Bass Guitar

AweSome Musical Instruments has unveiled their line of B-35 bass guitars. Available as a 4 or 5-string, the bass features three J-style pickups with six switches as part of their TW-35 Patented Pickup Switching System. After a little math, it adds up to 35 different pickup tones. The passive pickups are switched between on and off, in-phase and reverse-phase, and...

Ernie Ball Debuts Music Man Reflex Bass

Ernie Ball Debuts Music Man Reflex Bass

Ernie Ball has released the Music Man Reflex, which they were showing off at their booth during this summer’s NAMM show in Nashville. The bass is an evolution of the 25th Anniversary Bass, and features multiple pickup options. Choose from a standard single humbucker, dual humbuckers, or a humbucker plus two single-coils to suit your tone interests. The bass also...

Gear Watch: Boulder Creek Koa Acoustic Bass Guitar

Gear Watch: Boulder Creek Koa Acoustic Bass Guitar

Boulder Creek’s display at NAMM this summer featured a nice array of acoustic bass guitars, including their new Koa model. One of the unique things about these basses, as well as their other basses, is the Boulder Creek Suspended Bracing System. The system utilizes tone bars with a brace instead of traditional bracing to support the top. The “SBS” works...

Gear Watch: Better Audio Technologies at Summer NAMM 2010

Gear Watch: Better Audio Technologies at Summer NAMM 2010

During our Summer NAMM adventure, we stopped in at the Better Audio Technologies booth to check out their new custom SMB-series of bass cabinets. The cabinets, which are available in a variety of finishes, utilize innovative 6″ long-throw woofers that give a –3dB cutoff frequency of 37Hz for great low-end extension. That’s lower than many manufacturers’ bass cabs, which generally...

Gear Watch: Orange Shows Off Terror Bass Amps at Summer NAMM

Gear Watch: Orange Shows Off Terror Bass Amps at Summer NAMM

After recently naming Geddy Lee as an endorsing artist, Orange Amps was proudly showing off their newest bass goodies at Summer NAMM. Orange expanded their Tiny Terror line to the low end, with the Terror Bass 500 and 1000. A compact head weighing in at 5kg (11.02 lbs), the Terror bass is a hybrid amp with a Class D solid-state...

Gear Watch: The Vee Strap

Gear Watch: The Vee Strap

The new Vee Strap is an innovative solution to the problem of finding the right way to hold a heavy or uncomfortable bass. It features a dual-shoulder strap design that evenly distributes weight and stabilizes your instrument. Essentially, it is two straps built into one, coming together in a “V” on your back and buttoning onto your bass like any...

Gear Watch: Gold Tone PBB and BB-400+

Gear Watch: Gold Tone PBB and BB-400+

While checking out all the great new gear at NAMM, the Gold Tone booth really caught our eye with some great twists on the bass. New for 2010 is their PBB model, a resonator bass with an extending aluminum endpin allowing it to sit in an upright position. The bass has a 32″ scale, with a mahogany body and maple...

Gear Watch: EMG X Series Pickup Sets for Jazz Bass

Gear Watch: EMG X Series Pickup Sets for Jazz Bass

EMG has released Jazz bass versions of their X series pickups: the JX, JAX, and JVX sets. The brand’s X-Series is made to provide increased headroom, giving the voicing an organic and open tone while keeping great clarity and response. EMG describes them as “bridging the gap between passive and active tone.” The JX retains the jazz bass tone while...

Gear Watch: Digitech BP90 Multi-Effects Processor

Gear Watch: Digitech BP90 Multi-Effects Processor

Digitech released the new BP90 Bass Multi-Effects Processor as part of their appearance at the 2010 Summer NAMM Show. Powered by the AudioDNA 2 processor, the BP90 is built to digitally represent equipment including stompboxes, amplifiers, cabinets, and tons of effects. In all, it features 27 effects, 11 amps, five cabinets, and five stompboxes to choose from. Along with 50...