Bass Gear

Diffusion Audio
Quiver Q505A

The new Quiver Q505A amp system is built with bassists and acoustic guitarists in mind, and it features slots into which you can install up to five of 300 available modules from manufacturers such as Moog, Elysia, and Empirical Labs.

Billy Sheehan Signature Drive

Sweden’s EBS debuted the Billy Sheehan Signature Drive, which was designed in conjunction with the bass master himself. It allows you to mix clean and overdrive tones, and features drive, tone, level, and clean controls, a bypassable compressor with high and mid settings (mid is adjustable via internal trim pot), and two effects loops for adding different effects to the clean and dirty signals.

American Vintage '58 Precision Bass

This bass is outfitted with an alder body (ash for the white-blonde version), a C-shaped maple neck with a 20-fret maple fretboard and a bone nut, a gold-anodized aluminum pickguard surrounding a new vintage-voiced split single-coil, and period-correct chrome covers for the bridge and pickup.

ES-335 Bass

For the first time in nearly 50 years, Gibson is building an ES-335 semi-hollowbody bass. This gorgeous 4-string features a 34" scale, 24 frets, a pair of humbuckers, and a historically accurate 3-point bridge.

Hollowbody 30

The 30"-scale, classic-looking Hollowbody 30 beauty features Lakland’s trademark oval stop-tail bridge, a bound rosewood fretboard, and a pair of vintage-style single-coils with a volume for each and a master tone knob.

Grainger 4 and 5 Basses

Paul Reed Smith was positively bass-happy at NAMM, debuting two 34"-scale, mahogany-bodied rumble machines with flamed-maple caps and a 24-fret maple neck topped with a rosewood fretboard. Both models have dual humbuckers, a 3-band EQ section, and push-pull volumes for each pickup—down selects active circuitry, and up selects passive.

Bass Interface DI

Combining style with function, this classy-looking direct box has dual footswitches—one for muting and one for bypassing the EQ—level and mojo knobs, and three EQ dials with sliders for selecting the range of the control—45–80 Hz for lo, 400–800 Hz for mid, and 3.5–6.5 kHz for hi.

LWA 1000 Head

This new 1000-watt (@ 4Ω) class D bass head was designed by Jonas Hellborg and features two channels with independent EQ and compression, and enough horsepower to drive every ride at Disneyland.