Bass Gear Finds 2022

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Spector: NS Pulse II

Spector
$1299

The NS Pulse II represents the core of Spector’s iconic design. The three-dimensionally carved body is a trademark of the Spector brand and provides a uniquely comfortable playing experience for all bassists. The NS Pulse II basses feature a highly figured Quilted Maple top and Swamp Ash body paired with a three-piece Roasted Maple bolt-on neck, complete with a Macassar Ebony fingerboard. The roasting process results in a neck that provides enhanced stability & resonance, while the Macassar Ebony fingerboard ensures clear note definition and projection. This model is also equipped with EMG active pickups and the Spector TonePump Jr. active pre-amp. This combination yields a range of impressive & aggressive noise-free tones. Additional features like a locking bridge, illuminating side dots, and a custom 12th fret inlay round out an already impressive feature set. NS Pulse II basses are available in three distinct colors, Black Cherry, Black Stain, and Ultra-Violet, each with a durable matte finish.

℮⁵⁰⁰: Exponent 500

Darkglass Electronics
$999.99

Exponent 500 is a new concept Darkglass calls a Powered Platform: a clean amplifier that, once connected, turns into a multi-effect, with fully programmable and presettable signal chains with all the components a professional bassist requires. With its audio interface capabilities and 500W of loud, ultra-clean power, Exponent 500 is an extremely capable solution for every context, all packed in a gorgeous, compact and light housing for maximum portability. Combining every technology Darkglass has developed since their humble beginnings, Exponent 500 is an analog amplifier head with powerful digital signal chain modeling. From all stances: Mechanically, electronically, and with an ever-growing DSP library that has compressors, distortions, modulation, preamps, Impulse Responses and more. Connect to the Darkglass Suite app to adjust the modeled effects, preamps, and cabinet simulation, or use MIDI to control parameters or move between presets.

Tone Hammer 350

Aguilar
$649.99

The Tone Hammer 350 delivers big, tube-like sound in a compact, easy-to-carry footprint. Boasting a 3 band EQ and 350 watts of power, this little beast gives you classic Aguilar tone in an easy to carry, 3 lb. package. The Tone Hammer 350 has bass, treble, a fully sweepable midrange control for fine-tuning your mids as well as our unique Drive control for added tube-like grit and midrange punch. The Tone Hammer 350 will give you the legendary “Aguilar Sound” while fitting into the accessory pouch of most gig bags – the perfect choice for bass players on the go.

MTD Kingston Saratoga Deluxe 5

Flame Maple top, basswood body, maple fretboard, deep cherry bust finish. Also available in a black burst and with an Indian Laurel fingerboard.
34” scale 21 frets, double acting truss rod, classic MTD asymmetrical neck carve, Buzz Feiten Tuning system. Bartolini and Hipshot upgrades are available.
The controls are master volume stacked with passive tone, blend, treble, mid, bass, and an active/passive switch. Available in 4 and 5 string options.
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Michael Tobias Design
$1449


Name: John Nania
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Bass: Blade Runner Bass

The emerging parts market in the ’80s, a luthier friend, and a cousin who studied acoustic engineering helped this bassist create a one-of-a-kind instrument.

Thank you for allowing us to share our bastardized beauties with you. I built this bass with the help of my friend Drew in 1980 or ’81. It was an instrument born out of necessity. Stock instruments of the time weren’t keeping up with the musical progressions that were happening in the ’70s and ’80s, so if you wanted to advance your art, you had to get creative. Fortunately, parts manufacturers and inventive minds were there to accommodate.
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My years-long search for the “right” Bigsby-outfitted box finally paid off. Now how do I make this sumbitch work in my band?

Considering the amount of time I’ve spent (here and elsewhere) talking about and lusting after Gretsch hollowbody guitars, it’s taken me a remarkably long time to end up with a big Bigsby-outfitted box I truly love. High-end Gretsches are pricey enough that, for a long time, I just couldn’t swing it. Years ago I had an Electromatic for a while, and it looked and played lovely, but didn’t have the open, blooming acoustic resonance I hoped for. A while later, I reviewed the stellar Players Edition Broadkaster semi-hollow, and it was so great in so many ways that I set my sights on it, eventually got one, and adore it to this day. Yet the full-hollowbody lust remained.

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