If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m a huge Ibanez Talman fan. I have a sparkly Talman TC825 with Bigsby vibrato that I post pretty often. My hope is that soon Ibanez will re-release the Talman, and I don’t want to jinx it but it feels like my dream may be edging a little closer to reality with the appearance of the Talman bass at NAMM. There are two models – TMB300 and TMB100. Each has a mahogany body and maple neck, 20 frets and a standard bridge. The TMB300 has a Dynamix J2 humbucker in the back pickup position and a Dynamix P1 in the front. The TMB100 has a Dynamix J1 in the back and P1 in the front. And there are plenty of colour options available.
Here are a bunch more pics! Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: Fender is extremely proud to announce the Dee Dee Ramone Precision Bass guitar, based on the instrument Dee Dee played with seminal punk rock band the Ramones. The bass guitar, which is debuting at the Dee Dee Ramone Exhibition located at New York Citys famed Hotel Chelsea from December 10 January 1, will be available for sale at authorized Fender dealers and on www.fender.com on January 22. Punk bass starts with Douglas Dee Dee Ramone Colvin. As the pounding heart of the Ramones, he pioneered a no-frills sound and style that left a permanent mark on rock music. On a white Fender Precision Bass slung impossibly low, he defined punk bass with simple but breakneck bass lines delivered with such pulverizing sound, speed and conviction that he singlehandedly set the template for generations of punk bassists to come. Continue reading
Moniker Guitars has launched a new line of customisable basses, and they’re celebrating the launch with a giveaway in association with D’Addario where you can win the bass you design! There are two body shapes available: the Zuma and the Dixie. I’ve taken a bash at a few bass designs here. Try your own! Below is the press release.
PRESS RELEASE: Custom guitar manufacturer Moniker Guitars has made a name for itself by allowing customers to design and purchase Moniker electric guitars online at MonikerGuitars.com. Now Moniker is expanding its offering by adding customizable bass guitars. To celebrate the launch of the bass guitar line, Moniker has teamed up with string manufacturer D’Addario to giveaway a custom bass to one lucky winner who designs a bass at MonikerGuitars.comand shares the design on Twitter. The giveaway kicks off today and runs through October 30th. “A lot of work goes into creating a line of customizable bass guitars. We choose the types of wood, scale length, electronics, pickups and parts. Choosing D’Addario XL strings was easy. American made bass guitars deserve American made strings.” says co-owner Kevin Tully. Continue reading
This gets a bit tricky, so bare with me. Originally there was Music Man, a company co-founded by Leo Fender which made instruments and amplifiers. One of their developments was the StingRay bass, which Sterling Ball helped to design. This company was eventually sold to Ernie Ball. In the noughties, Certain Ernie Ball Music Man designs were the basis for a budget line called OLP (which quite blandly stood for Official Licensed Product). They were great budget instruments but eventually that came to an end. Then there was (and is) Sterling By Music Man, which offers mid-priced (and brilliant) instruments based on classic MM designs. Now there’s SUB by Sterling by Music Man to cater to the budget end of the market again. These instruments were released at NAMM a couple of years ago and they feature several classic Music Man designs, one of which is the StingRay, in the form of the Ray4 four-string and Ray5 five-string. Continue reading
Poland’s Mayones makes extremely fine, high-quality guitars with a very distinctive look and style, great tone woods and amazing playability. But their basses are equally distinctive and high quality. The Comodous 6 is a breathtaking instrument – quite literally, because everyone I showed it to had the same shocked reaction to its sheer size, odd shape and the striking nature of its top. Aah, but as anyone who’s played a Mayones guitar will know, you can’t judge one on looks: it all happens when you pick that first note. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: Epiphone, a world leader in guitar and bass manufacturing, is proud to announce a new series of consumer promotions beginning on June 1, 2014. This June, Epiphone is celebrating Bass Month where customers who buy an Epiphone bass will receive a free Epiphone Deluxe Leather Strap. Customers must register their bass on Epiphone.com to receive their free gift. Epiphone basses are the industry standard for pros and pros-at-heart in every genre, not only for their superior workmanship but also for their great sound and cutting edge designs. Epiphone basses like the Jack Casady Signature, the Toby Deluxe IV and the Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO are just a few of the models that have made Epiphone the go-to bass on stage or in the studio. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: Epiphone continues its fan-inspired monthly giveaways for 2014. And during the month of February, Epiphone is offering fans a chance to win a signed Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass in stunning Silverburst finish. Designed in close collaboration with Casady, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a recipient of Bass Player’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Jack Casady Signature Bass is considered by both fans and professionals to be one of the greatest electric basses ever made. The Jack Casady Signature Bass has been seen on stage with Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Britpop legends The Stone Roses, and of course, Jack Casady himself both solo and with Hot Tuna. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: For over 20 years DigiTech® has provided the most sought after pitch shifting pedals for guitar and bass. With that, we are thrilled to re-release the legendary Bass Whammy™. The Bass Whammy features all of the Whammy and Harmony settings of the original, but also offers several modern upgrades and additions. Our latest pitch shifting technology has been optimized for bass guitar frequencies, and the Bass Whammy provides both Classic and Chords modes for both soloing and chordal playing. Two modes of detune provide subtle thickening and lush sonic textures. True bypass ensures your tone is never compromised when the effect is off. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: Source Audio, creators of the award-winning Soundblox® line of effects pedals and the Hot Hand® 3 Wireless Effects Controller, have released the Soundblox 2 MANTA Bass Filter. The Manta is the next generation of Source Audio’s popular Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter. The pedal features 12 top-notch filter effects that triggered the success of the original Soundblox Pro BEF plus the addition of eight variations of on-board distortion. The distortions are not just crunch, or amp simulation; they are specifically designed to work in tandem with the filter effect selections. The Manta’s vast range of effect combinations and adjustable parameters offer an abundance of options, from classic funk tones to modern, super-aggressive dubstep wobble effects. Continue reading
It’s always fun seeing what the Fender Custom Shop comes out with throughout the year. It seems that every few months there’s another interesting reissue, unique reimagining or ‘I can’t believe they’re making that!’ artist model. It just so happens that with this newest round of offerings the Custom Shop has made two instruments that have tipped my ‘Oh awesome‘ trigger, as well as two that are simply cool. The two that are currently making me pawn my kidneys are the Limited Geddy Lee 1972 Jazz Bass and the Closet Classic™ Rosewood Telecaster. Are you kidding me? Geddy Lee’s Moving Pictures bass and George Harrison’s Let It Be rooftop-gig Telecaster? Shut up and be owned by me already!!! Anyway, here’s the press release with plenty of info about each model. Continue reading
You might remember that yesterday I was pondering the rise of the 7-string, and how the music is dictating the development of the instrument. A similar thing happened when 5-string basses appeared on the scene. Then there were 6-string basses, which remain something of a niche instrument for jazz and prog guys, really: you don’t tend to see them in punk bands. Just sayin.’ Anyway, so as to not feel left out by the rise of the 8-string guitar, Ibanez has created the BTB7 Limited Edition 7-string bass. Compared to a regular four-string bass it adds one extra low string and two extra high ones: it’s tuned (low to high) B E A D G C F. Continue reading