This not-so-special-looking Mustang bass sold for $384,000. Introduced in 1966 at just $189.50 (about $1,600 today), that’s a big markup for the historic and collector’s value it accrued on tour with the Rolling Stones.

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In his final Bass Bench, our columnist ponders what innovations will come next.

Roughly 70 years into the history of the electric bass, I find myself wondering: Is there a target in the evolution of our instrument? Are we aiming for superb playability, the highest tuning stability, tonal superiority and versatility, ergonomics and comfort, or even all of these things?

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Rig Rundown - The Kills' Jamie Hince & Alison Mosshart

This dynamic art-rock duo uses a classy combo of vintage Hofners, Gretsches, Selmers, and a few secret weapons to create a mesmerizing original sound.

Guitarist Jamie Hince, one half of the Kills, details the gear he and foil Alison Mosshart are touring with for their upcoming album, Ash & Ice. Hince changed his rig a bit since the last album (more amps and Bigsbys on everything), both for practical reasons—a hand injury which affected his playing style—and also because he was going for a cleaner tone.

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A strictly limited edition of 60 instruments to celebrate 60 years of the 500/1 Violin Bass.

Germany (March 8, 2016) -- Hofner are pleased to announce the release of the 60th Anniversary 500/1 Violin Bass. A strictly limited edition of 60 instruments to celebrate 60 years of the 500/1 Violin Bass is now available from selected dealers. The 500/1 Violin Bass, designed by Walter Höfner, was first shown to the public at the Frankfurt Musikmesse in 1956.

The 60th Anniversary bass, finished in stunning black and white, has a number of key features and unique points.

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