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NAMM 2013 New Gear Preview

January 16, 2013

The Winter NAMM show will take place from January 24 - 27, 2013. For the uninitiated, NAMM is the musical instrument industry's biggest U.S. trade show—meaning much of the guitar gear you'll be lusting over in 2013 will be announced here. Like always, PG will be on-site, bringing you daily coverage including photo galleries, video demos, our editors' picks, news releases, and more. Here are the best ways for you to keep up with what's new at the show:

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However, you don't have to wait until next week to see what's new. We've compiled everything we know—and are at liberty to share—in the following pages so you can get a jump on your NAMM fix. Let us know in the comments what you're dying to hear demos of, and we'll do our best to shoot them for you.

Electric Guitars
Acoustic Guitars
Amps
Effects
Accessories
Bass Gear

(A special thanks to bloggers iHeartGuitar, Guitar Noize, Gearphoria, and Effects Database for the heads up on some of the news!)



Electrics

D’Angelico Expands Brand With Introduction of Four New Standard Archtop Reissues, a D’Angelico Bass and Limited Edition USA Masterbuilt Series
The limited run USA Masterbuilt Series is being built for D’Angelico by Premier Builders Guild. Read more...
Epiphone Announces New TV Silver Collection
The collection features the world famous Les Paul Standard, the Les Paul Custom PRO, the 1966 G-400 PRO, the Explorer PRO, the Wilshire PRO and the Thunderbird-IV Bass. Read more...
Fender Custom Shop Introduces the Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster Guitar
Limited to 2013 production, the guitar is a meticulously crafted replica of the black Fender Stratocaster Blackmore played with Deep Purple in the early ’70s. Read more...
Fender Custom Shop Unveils 2013 Custom Collection
The offerings include eight guitars and two basses. Read more...
Fender Introduces 2013 Select Series Models
Fender adds a Jazzmaster, Thinline Tele, HH Tele, SH Tele, and Active Jazz Bass to its Select Series. Read more...
Fender Introduces New Additions to the Pawn Shop Series in 2013
Additions include the Pawn Shop ’70s Strat Deluxe, Pawn Shop Super-Sonic, Pawn Shop Mustang Bass and Pawn Shop Bass VI. Read more...
Framus Announces New Models for 2013
The Wolf Hoffman signature model, Panthera 8-string, AK 1974 S, 24-fret Diablo, and 5/168 Golden Strato De Luxe comprise Framus' 2013 lineup. Read more...
GJ2 Guitars Announces Zora and Glendora Models
A bolt-on version of their Arete, a new single-cut in collaboration with No Doubt's Tom Dumont, and Habanero pickups. Read more...
Godin Announces 2013 Models for Winter NAMM
The 40th Anniversary Norman B20 acoustic and the Limited Edition Anniversary Godin Acousticaster join the Godin Montreal Premiere, MultiUke, 5th Avenue Composer GT, and more. Read more...
Gretsch Introduces the Custom Shop G6118T 130th Anniversary Electric Guitar
The guitar is a striking beauty with its two-tone gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish in Metallic Gold on the top and Black on the back and sides, with multiple silver-sparkle bindings. Read more...

Gretsch Introduces Billy Duffy White Falcon
The guitar features period-correct ’70s Baldwin-era styling, pure White gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, V-shaped Falcon headstock, Silver Sparkle binding, custom wound hot "Black Top" Filter’Tron pickups with three-point adjustable ’70s-style metal bezels and Duffy’s preferred Bigsby tailpiece. Read more...
Gretsch Introduces the New Anniversary, Professional Collection, and Center Block Model Guitars
In celebration of Gretsch’s 130th anniversary, the iconic guitar company is releasing two limited anniversary models. Read more...
Höfner Launches Gold Label Guitars and Basses
Hofner Gold label Guitars are single instruments or very small runs of high quality instruments handmade in Germany by our master luthiers. Read more...
Kauer Guitars Introduces the Starliner Electric Guitar
Doug Kauer set out with a simple goal, to build a guitar that would appeal to traditionalists without sacrificing the aesthetic and ergonomic benchmarks of the Kauer Daylighter. Read more...
MTD Introduces the Kingston Rubicon Electric Guitar
The first electric guitar from bass builder Michael Tobias. Read more...
Peerless Releases the Retromatic Guitar
A new line of small-bodied, thinline guitars. Read more...
Perri Ink Guitars Announces Christina Perri Signature Model and Show and Tell
The new Perri Ink "Show & Tell" was designed in part to pay homage to the band and record that gave company owner Nick Perri his start in the music industry. Read more...
PRS Artist Package Now Available on Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, and Amplifers
New for 2013, PRS Guitars is expanding the popular Artist Package program to include select models across their full Core product line of electrics, acoustics, and amplifiers. Read more...
PRS Guitars Introduces Neal Schon Signature Models
Neal Schon of Journey is joining the PRS family of artists with two distinct signature models: the NS-14 and NS-15. Read more...
PRS Introduces "Paul's Guitar" and "Paul's MDT" Amplifier
Designed to Paul Reed Smith’s exacting specifications and built to match his own gear. Read more...
PRS Guitars Releases Brent Mason Signature Model
Brent worked with Paul Reed Smith for several years to arrive at this unique model that meets the need for a versatile and reliable, recording and gigging instrument. Read more...
PRS Reintroduces SC245 and Custom 22
The Paul Reed Smith SC245 is a vintage-inspired Singlecut perfect for more traditional single-cutaway players.
Read more...
PRS SE 245 Soapbar Brings Single-Coil Sounds Back to PRS’s 2013 SE Lineup
Adaptable to nearly any musical style, PRS SE Soapbar pickups provide additional midrange growl and tight bass response not normally associated with traditional single coils. Read more...
Red Rooster Guitars Launches Rat Rodster and Crop Circle
West Coast-based Red Rooster Guitars’ new retro-inspired Rat Rodster and Crop Circle models tap into the fashion and excitement of vintage cars and rock & roll. Read more...
Reverend Guitars Introduces the Stu D Baker Electric Guitar
Reverend Guitars took the bats and sideburns off of the Unknown Hinson Signature Model, took it out of the Coffin case, and came up the Stu D Baker. Read more...
Roland Announces the G-5A VG Stratocaster
Built in the Fender factory in Corona, California, the G-5A is a 100-percent authentic American Standard Stratocaster guitar. Read more...
RS Custom Guitars Introduces the new Red Special Model Guitars for 2013
The LL25 features a 25" scale with 24 frets 2-1/8" spacing at the bridge. A deeper body at 1.75" A wider neck with no Zero fret. Read more...
Schecter Announces 2013 Guitar Line
Damien Platinum 6, Kenny Hickey Signature, TSH Classic, Hellraiser C-1 FR S, PT Fastback-II, Hellraiser 006, Banshee 6 FR, Corsair Special Edition, Damien Platinum 8, S-1 Custom II, Omen Active 8, and Solo Custom III. Read more...

Rumors

  • We've heard there are an astounding 20 new models from Jackson Guitars—including new configurations of signature models for guys like Chris Broderick and David Ellefson—and a lot of options for 7- and 8-string players.
  • We don't have official news and specs, but Fano has posted photos of their new Starcaster-inspired GF6 on Facebook
  • DBZ Guitars is launching an entire new line for 2013 and has photos on Facebook 
  • Reverend Guitars has been trickling out teasers for new models on their Facebook page as well. 
  • We hear Dean Zelinsky will be on site talking about his latest project, but details are slim at this point.
  • The EVH Striped Series was briefly posted on the EVH site and picked up by blogs. We have confirmation that it's coming and the pictures look pretty good.
  • AXL will be unveiling variations on the PG Award winning USA Bulldog.
  • We expect a closer look at the striking Ernie Ball Music Man Armada.
  • There are John Petrucci models a plenty over at the Sterling by Music Man Facebook page.


Acoustics

Ashdown Introduces New Acoustic Amp Range
Comprising of the AA-100, 100-watt Acoustic Combo, the AA-40-Cube, 40-watt Acoustic Combo, the AA-Power-Cube 40, 40-watt powered extension cube and the AA Preamp Pedal. Read more...
Bedell Guitars Announces 1964 and Coffeehouse Series Acoustics
The 1964 and Coffeehouse Series are designed to give a vintage look, sound and feel to capture the era.
Read more...
Breedlove Announces New Passport Series Instruments
New Travel, 12-String and Bass Guitars join this popular and affordable line.
Read more...
Cordoba Announces Boutique Luthier Series and Acoustic Fidelity System
Aimed at players looking for an all solid, concert level instrument at a reasonable price.
Read more...
Eastman Guitars Announces Acoustics, Archops, and Electrics for NAMM 2013
The lineup includes Traditional Series acoustics and ukuleles, archtops, thinline electrics, mandolins, and more.
Read more...
Gretsch Welcomes 5 New Instruments to its Roots Collection
An eclectic family of banjos, mandolins, resonator guitars, ukuleles and Rancher acoustic guitars that evoke the feel and look of the era before the company made its entry into the electric guitar world in the 1950s.
Read more...
L.R. Baggs Introduces the Lyric Acoustic Microphone
Without a pickup, Lyric's microphone accurately transports your guitar's actual voice to a live audience for the most realistic and inspiring sound you will ever experience. Read more...
Martin Announces the 00-42S John Mayer Custom Signature Edition
Mayer and Martin join forces again to create a follow up to last year’s custom model that is more affordable and accessible to meet high customer demand. Read more...
Martin Expands Authentic Series and Retro Series for 2013
Also new for 2013 are Artist Custom Signature series models for John Sebastian and Isreal "12" Kamakawiwo'ole. Read more...
Martin Introduces the D-35 Seth Avett Custom Signature Edition
C.F. Martin offered founding member of indie rock darlings The Avett Brothers the opportunity to design his version of “the perfect guitar.” Read more...
Takamine Introduces New Hand-Crafted Pro Series 4, 5, 6, and 7 Models
Takamine’s Pro Series instruments are built with the performer in mind, and feature the renowned Palathetic pickup.
Read more...
Takamine Introduces New Hand-Crafted LTD2013 "Peak" Models
This year’s design theme is “Peak”, developed from a perspective of Takamine’s ongoing quest for continuous improvement and a reflection of the summit of the Takamine acoustic experience.
Read more...
Tanglewood Launches Solid-Top Nashville IV Series in North America
Two body shapes will be offered: a Dreadnought (TND) and a Folk style (TNF).
Read more...
Walden Guitars Announces Baritone Acoustic Guitar Series: B-1 and B-1E
The B-1 and B-1E (Electric) are based on the Grand Auditorium body shape, have a 26 ¾” scale, a Sitka Spruce soundboard with Rosewood back and sides.
Read more...

Rumors

  • Recording King will be busy with Dirty Thirties series of Dust Bowl-era-inspired guitars and a 6-string banjo for guitar players, as well as 16" lower bout Jumbo models and a 12-fret slope shoulder.


Amps

ASG Amps Launches “Hybris” All-Tube Amplifier at Winter NAMM
Artist Series Guitar and CEC Amplification have teamed up to create ASG Amps, with the intent to bring a fresh and original, USA-made alternative to the world of affordable all-tube guitar amplifiers. Read more...
Ashdown Launches New Classic Tube Magnifiers
Perfect for smaller gigs, the CTM 100 pairs the CTM 300 preamp with an all-tube, 100-watt power section. For home/ studio use, the CTM 15 offers 15 watts of stunning tube tone in an unbelievably compact head. Read more..
Burriss Amps Introduces the Dirty Red v2 Amplifier
The new Dirty Red v2 maintains all the qualities of the original with added ability to convert the primary channel to play a warm, clean tone. Read more...
Chandler Limited Introduces the GAV19T Guitar Amplifier
As a cathode biased, class A, all-tube, 19-watt guitar amp designed in the vein of classic English amplifiers, the GAV19T delivers a big, vintage sound. Read more...
Fargen Amplification Announces John Lennon Signature Amp Line
The line launches with limited edition Artist and Imagine amps, followed later by a production version of the amps and two effects pedals. Read more...
Fender Releases the Custom Series '57 Bandmaster
They faithfully reproduced the classic 5E7 circuit, which pumps about 26 watts through three 10" alnico-magnet speakers, and enlisted Jensen to help create the P10R-F driver (a Fender exclusive), which is voiced for warm, sensitive response. Read more...
Hayden Launches New Mofo Range of Heads, Combos, and Cabinets
Combining new looks, increased features and a very special ‘magic eye’ tube creates a range that stands out from the crowd more than ever. Read more...
ISP Technologies Introduces the Stealth Power Amp
The Stealth is based on analog class A/B amplifier design for excellent sonic and saturated clipping performance. Read more...
Jet City Announces the 20HFlex Amp
The all-tube 20HFlex head features a unique programmable front panel that they're calling FLEX technology. Read more...
Kemper Profiling Announces the Profiler PowerHead and the Kemper Profiler Rack
The Kemper Profiler PowerHead adds a built in 600 Watt power amp to the Kemper Profiler concept and turns the former recording solution into the most versatile guitar amplification system ever. Read more...
MI Amplification Announces New Amp Combos
The new models are the Apache, Aquarius, Crystal Lattice, and Dutchess. Read more...
MI Audio Unveil Flex SmartAmp
The new amp combines vacuum tube circuit with iOS digital control.
Read more...
Orange Amplification Launches New Custom Shop 50
It has a vintage flavour much in the same way as its predecessor the Retro 50 of which the circuit is based upon. Read more...
Orange Amplification Launches Twin Channel OR100 Amp
The OR100 incorporates for the first time on an ‘OR’ series amp; twin channels, as well as a valve driven FX loop, foot-switchable boosts and independent EQ. Read more...
Port City Amps Releases the Brit 50
The Brit 50 nails the hot-rodded, British voiced amplifier that we all know and love. Read more...
PRS Custom Amp Designs Introduces the 2-Channel Custom Amplifier
Additional CAD features for the 2-Channel Custom include: solo boost, reverb assign, presence control, switchable power amp bass boost, switchable mid shift, and 3 button LED footswitch. Read more...
Randall Introduces Diavlo Tube Amps
Diavlo means ‘devil’ in Italian and any dish with its namesake is always the hottest on the menu. Read more...
Randall Introduces the Thrasher Series Amps
This is about metal, all about metal. Old School to New School to No School. Read more...
Randall Introduces RG Series and RG13 Pedal/Amplifier
The new RG Series returns to the original high performance FET circuits that Don Randall founded the Randall company on. Read more...
Roland Announces the CUBE Lite Guitar Amp and iOS Interface/App
Combining great COSM guitar tones, iOS interfacing, and a quality 2.1 Channel audio system, the CUBE Lite Guitar Amplifier lets you play and record at home along with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Read more...
Schecter Releases Initial Details on Hellraiser Amps
The division will be launching with two amps, the Hellraiser-100 full stack and Hellraiser 2-12 combo, designed by amp guru James Brown. Read more...
Traynor Launches YBA1-Tribute Head to Celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 2013
The new limited edition 50th Anniversary 40-watt all-tube Traynor YBA-1 Tribute head is owes its heritage and tone to the original while being updated for a whole new generation of guitar players. Read more...
Two-Rock Introduces BI-ONYX, Sensor, and Studio Pro Plus Amps
Two-Rock Amplification, a leading boutique amplifier performance brand, announced three new models for 2013, each created to address an important player need. Read more...

Rumors

  • Orange has made a very big deal about a world first, revolutionary groundbreaking innovation. That's literally all of the information we have—we're just putting it in "amps" because that's our best guess. We'll be covering their press conference live at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 24.
  • Tone King has teased the 20th Anniversary Imperial LE with a built-in Ironman attenuator on their Facebook page
  • Carr Amplifiers has been blogging about their new Impala on their website. The amp is inspired by the Blackface Bassman and will be on display at NAMM.
  • Marshall will have something new with one of their most iconic endorsers' names on it. We'll probably also check out the latest headphones they announced at CES
  • Seems Yamaha isn't done with their amp line yet.
  • 65Amps will be showcasing the Producer 6L seen on their weekly webcast as well as possibly expanding the Red Line to another perennial favorite of the brand.


Effects

Big Joe Stomp Box Company Adds Wah and Volume Pedals
The B-602 Volume features a uniquely buffered, true bypass active design with 3-position function switch. Read more...
Boss Announces TE-2 Terra Echo, DA-2 Adaptive Distortion, and MO-2 Multi Overtone
Each of the pedals feature Roland’s new and innovative Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) analyzes audio signals in many dimensions and applies ideal effects to each. Read more...
Cara Guitars Announces the ClapTone Pedal
The ClapTone peda puts Fender's Mid-Range Boost in a stompbox. Read more...
Diablo FX Announces Sound Control 6 Wireless Guitar FX Control Pedal 
The Sound Control system is the first wireless all-in-one effects pedal management system which enables guitar players to turn on and off multiple analog or digital effects in one stomp. Read more...
Earthquaker Devices Debuts Disaster Transport SR and Warden Optical Compressor
The Disaster Transport Sr is the much anticipated and updated reissue of the limited run Ghost Disaster pedal, while the Warden is an optical compressor with a feature set usually reserved for studio grade units. Read more...
EC Custom Shop Announces the Super Switcher
Featuring 8 effects loops. Read more...
Electro-Harmonix Announces HOG2 and HOG2 Foot Controller
Sophisticated new algorithms improve the quality of the ten generated octaves and harmonics as well as the Freeze function. Read more...
Fender Releases Competition Series Effects Pedals
Distortion, Drive, Chorus, and Delay round out the affordable lineup. Read more...
Hartman Electronics Announces Silicon Crystal Valve and Germanium Crystal Valve Fuzz Pedals
The pedals are inspired by the Solasound SupaTonebender and the Vox Tonebender. Read more...
Hayden Introduces New Dr. Green Guitar FX Pedals
The line includes fuzz, distortion, boost, delay, and compression. Read more...
ISP Technologies Introduces the Theta Preamp Pedal
The Theta Preamp PEDAL brings the full performance of the High Gain section of the Theta amplifier and Theta Rack-mount Preamp down to a foot pedal based Preamplifier pedal. Read more...
Jacques Pedals Releases Trinity Wah
The pedal is a combination envelope filter, auto wah, and wah wah in one compact pedal and unique dome foot controller. Read more...
Lightning Boy Audio Introduces the Bolt Bender Tube EQ
Bolt Bender is the ultimate in transparent equalization for electric instruments. It features a passive Baxandall EQ circuit with bass and treble controls. Read more...
Modkits DIY Verb Deluxe
Features include both Dwell and Mix controls, allowing the dry signal to be blended with the processed signal from just a hint of reverb to deep, cavernous echoes. Read more...
Osiamo Releases New Mooer Micro Effect Pedals in US
With 12 new models, the Mooer micro line now features 36 pedals. Read more...
TC Electronic Releases the Ditto Looper
A one-knob simple looper with 5-minutes of looping and undo/redo function. Read more...
T-Rex Introduces Møller 2 and Sweeper 2 Pedals
The Møller 2 delivers the same classic analog overdrive that made its predecessor one of T-Rex’s most sought-after pedals. Read more...
ZT Amplifiers Releases Extortion Expressive Distortion
The Extortion Expressive Distortion offers both pure analog and DSP-enhanced signals in one pedal. Read more...

Rumors:

  • Mad Professor has a YouTube demo up of their forthcoming Amber Overdrive.
  • Eventide will have something new, and that's all we're at liberty to say, but it's very cool—of course it is, it's Eventide.
  • J. Rockett Designs' Guthrie Trapp Signature Overdrive has a few demos online already but they're also touting new pedals in design with Mark Samson (of Matchless fame) including a DC30 one blogged about back in September
  • Source Audio will be showing off their Soundblox Pro Poly-Mod Filter, which voices their popular Bass Envelope Filter pedal for guitar as well as the Orbital Modulator, which has phase, flange, chorus, and tremolo for guitar and bass.
  • Wampler Pedals has been going absolutely nuts on their Facebook page with a new prototype signature dual overdrive pedal entitled the Dual… something. It's not Keith Urban, and it's not fuzz. 
  • Caroline Guitar Co's Kilobite Kickstarter has doubled its goal, so it's a pretty solid bet we'll be seeing this lo-fi delay at the show. Their secondary goal of $12,000 is very, very close, meaning the pedal will likely also now include a Mr. Black Pedals modulation control in the circuit.
  • Mojo Hand FX just posted a photo of the Rook Royale on Facebook.
  • VHT will expand their pedal offerings with a new tremolo/reverb pedal.
  • Joe Bonamassa tweeted a photo of a new signature MXR pedal of some sort.
  • Dunlop/Way Huge designer Jeorge Tripps tweeted a photo of an diminuitive Fuzz Face.


Accessories

Blue Microphones Announces the Nessie Adaptive USB Microphone
Nessie adapts in real time, applying professional studio processing, combined with a built- in pop filter and internal shockmount to produce expertly finished sound, without the need for additional mixing or editing. Read more...
Diago Announces Pedalboard Accessories
They include a Commuter softcase pedalboard and pedal risers. Read more...
Diago Introduces the Patchfactory Solderless Patch Cable System
The Diago Patchfactory kits allows you to build custom length patch cables,
without additional tools or specialist skills. Read more...
Eminence Introduces the 8" Patriot 820H and  Patriot EPS-12C Guitar Speakers
Featuring a hemp cone, 1” voice coil and lightweight 15 oz. ceramic magnet. Read more...
Evidence Audio Introduces the SIS (Screw In Solderless) Plug
The SIS Plug offers a musician the chance to create and re-create trustworthy connections with the Monorail patch cable without the need for a soldering iron. Read more..
Graph Tech Introduces Ratio Tuned Machine Heads
A half turn equals one semitone change on all strings, making the tuning process easier and quicker. Read more..
Grundorf Introduces New ABS Series Amp Racks
Designed to house everything from amps, processors, patchbays, and more. Read more..
Hipshot Products Introduces the Universal Mount Plate
This device allows players and luthiers to upgrade their guitars with Hipshot’s Griplock and Classic guitar tuners without drilling, screwing or irreversibly modifying their instruments. Read more..
IK Multimedia Announces the iRig HD
iRig HD is a high-quality digital guitar/bass/instrument interface that allows users to plug their guitar or bass into their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. Read more...
IK Multimedia Introduces Music Accessories for Android, iOS
A comprehensive collection of high quality cables designed to cover all possible audio signal routings for users of smartphones, tablets, MP3 players and laptops. Read more..
La Bella Strings Introduces 760T White Nylon Tape Would Bass Set
Unlike the classic 760N set, the 760T White Nylon Tape Wound set is made with a transparent nylon wrapped over stainless steel underlays. Read more...
Nordstrand Pickups Releases the Shush Puppy Pickups
The Shush Puppy is the culmination of over 6 years of R&D combined with a desire to provide players with an uncompromising single coil tone without the noise. Read more...
Orange Announces 3rd Generation Upgraded OPC
Upgraded to a 3rd Gen Intel i7 processor and doubled the maximum 8GB of RAM to a massive 16GB. Read more...
Positive Grid's JamUp Pro XT adds AirTurn Wireless Pedals for iOS Guitar Effects
JamUp Pro XT users will be able to use AirTurn's two or four pedal BT-105 Bluetooth controllers to switch between dozens of studio-grade amp and stomp box effects hands-free. Read more...
Railhammer Pickups Launches the Chisel Neck Model
The Chisel Neck model pickup is designed for hard rock and metal players.
Read more..
Rotosound Introduces New Guitar Slides
The new 2mm thick slides are available in glass, steel and brass and come in two lengths 60mm and 40mm. Read more..
Schaller Introduces GrandTune Tuning Machines
18 : 1 gear ratio supports precise and velvet- smooth tuning. Read more...
Sony Announces the New DWZ Series of Digital Wireless Technology
Featuring affordable 2.4 GHz technology, the DWZ Series wireless systems offer musicians solid-gold 24-bit linear PCM digital audio performance, robust transmission and easy channel selection. Read more...
TASCAM Announces the TH-02 Multi-Use Studio Grade Headphones
These high-powered headphones produce pristine highs, clear mid-range, and rich low end. Read more..
Towner USA Releases Down Tension Bar
The bar is designed to be used in contribution with the after-market installation of Bigsby Tailpieces to add to the intonation of the guitar setup giving more control over the break angle of the strings. Read more...


Bass Gear

Aguilar Announces "Soapbar"-Shape Bass Pickups
Your guide to more than 75 new product announcements, plus teasers and rumors.These pickups will be available in a variety of 4, 5 and 6-string standard soapbar sizes. Read more...
Ashdown Introduces New Lightweight ABM Models with the NEO Range
Using the iconic ABM preamp coupled with a very special, 400-watt, lightweight power section, bass players can enjoy pure Ashdown ABM tone in a compact and lightweight package. Read more...
Ashdown Launches New Dr. Green Bass FX Pedals
The line includes Bass Fuzz Distortion, Bass Octave, Bass Envelope Filter, Bass Reverb, and Bass Compression. Read more...
Cara Guitars and Gene Simmons Team up for the Limited Edition Chrome Axe
Each instrument is individually chromed and custom built. Read more...
EBS Announces Billy Sheehan Signature Drive
The new pedal is based on the concept of mixing together a clean signal with a distorted to be able to preserve low frequencies and find balance between distortion and definition. Read more...
Jens Ritter Releases R8-Concept Bass and Blue Dragon Guitar
The two stunning instruments join his line of hand-crafted German guitars and basses. Read more...
Jim Dunlop Releases the MXR M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe Pedal
The MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe is powered by pure analog bucket-brigade technology. Read more...
Pigtronix Debuts Bass Pedal Line
Pigtronix introduces the Bass Envelope Phaser, Philosopher Bass Compressor and Bass FAT Drive pedals for Winter NAMM 2013. Read more...
PRS Guitars Launches New Core Bass Line
Paul Reed Smith and Gary Grainger began collaborating on what would become Private Stock Gary Grainger basses a decade ago. Read more...
RockBass by Warwick Announces New Models for 2013
A made-in-China Star Bass, a Triumph Upright Bass, Vampyre Darklord, W-body, and RockBass Corvette 5-String. Read more...
Schecter Unveils Nikki Sixx Signature Bass
“It was important to all of us to design a bass that would feel right as well as sound amazing in the hands of all players, not just me," Sixx says. Read more...
Traynor Introduces the Small Block Bass Amp Line for 2013
Loaded with essential features including Active and Passive level instrument inputs XLR DI output, a versatile four band EQ with an additional low frequency expander, a player can dial in any tone quickly and easily. Read more...
Warwick Announces New Bass Amps and Cabs for 2013
The LWA 1000 is a 6-lb, 1000-watt monster. Read more...
Warwick Announces Streamer CV and Thumb BO Ltd Basses
The main goal of developing the Streamer CV was to combine modern precision with features of the past. Read more...

Rumors