New Gear: August 2013

July 25, 2013

Jeff Berlin Basic Bass

Dean’s Jeff Berlin Basic bass keeps it, well, basic: It’s a bolt-on 4-string with an natural oil-finished alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with abalone dot inlays, Grover tuners, and chrome hardware. The Badass Bass II bridge and Bartolini Berlin Custom Pickups round out the package, and the bass comes with a deluxe hardshell case.
Street $1,700

Tommy Stinson Signature and LTD
TS-4 Basses

ESP honors Guns N’ Roses bass man Tommy Stinson with two retro-looking 4-strings that both sport active P/J EMG pickups, alder bodies, maple necks, rosewood fingerboards, as well as volume, pickup blend, and tone controls. The lower-priced LTD TS-4 has LTD vintage tuners and an LTD DB-4 bridge, while the ESP custom shop Tommy Stinson Bass has Gotoh tuners and a Gotoh 404BO string-thru- body bridge.
Street ESP Tommy Stinson signature, $3,500; LTD TS-4, $900

Mike D’Antonio MDB3 signature Bass

For his latest signature bass, Killswitch Engage’s Mike D’Antonio took the mahogany body, beveled edges, three-piece maple neck, and 22-fret rosewood fretboard of Ibanez’s Destroyer model and made them his own. Besides the MDB logo inlaid at the 12th fret, the MDB3 has a single Seymour Duncan SPB-3 pickup and a rear-mounted tone control, a recessed trim pot on the back. The body and the hardware are black, and the bass is factory tuned FCGC.
Street $800


50th Anniversary Thunderbird Bass

Gibson celebrates the 1963 birth of the Thunderbird with a neck-through, mahogany-bodied model that’s finished with gold bullion in a high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer and equipped with a gold-plated three-point Thunderbird bridge and gold-plated Grover tuners. A mahogany neck, ceramic-magnet T-Bird pickups, volume-volume-tone controls, a rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays, and a pickguard, hot-stamped with a gold Thunderbird logo and a special inscription, complete the package.
Street $2,000

Limited Edition Briefcase Ultimate
Bass Amp Combo

Phil Jones celebrates the 10th birthday of the original Briefcase with a limited edition upgrade. The new kid on the block retains its predecessor’s 5-band EQ, limiter, active/passive input, headphone output, DI out, preamp out, and AC adaptor/rechargeable 12V DC flexibility, but it also boasts higher-power Pirhana speakers, as well as Jones’ proprietary Rectangular Auxiliary Low Frequency Radiator. Most appealing, this limited edition is 60 watts louder than the originals 100-watt ceiling.
Street $995

Custom Shop Limited Relic 1955
Precision Bass

With its special black-over-sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish, lightweight ash body, quartersawn hard-rock maple neck, maple fingerboard, and 20 vintage-style frets, the Limited Relic 1955 Precision more than lives up to its name. The customwound “stacked” ’51 Precision Bass pickup, singleply parchment pickguard, and chrome bridge and pickup covers round out the package.
Street $5,800


If you’ve been looking for a pick that matches your rock-star status, check out Timber Tones, a British company that boasts the widest range of non-plastic (and eco-friendly) plectrums in the world, with materials ranging from diverse wood timbers to quartz, Buffalo bone and horn, jade or even gold, silver and platinum. These luxury picks are available individually, in multi-packs, and as collections.
Street From $4 (for individual picks) to $170 (for a luxury collection)

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