New Gear: December 2012

January 23, 2013

GIBSON Midtown Standard Bass

This classy new addition to Gibson’s line of semihollowbodies has a mini alnico bridge humbucker, wide ceramic neck humbucker, three-way pickup selector switch, volume control, tone control, and Gibson’s three-point adjustable bridge. The chambered mahogany body (made of routed solid woods) is matched with a one-piece mahogany neck and a maple fretboard with cream binding. It’s available in cherry, ebony, vintage sunburst, and Pelham blue finishes.

HÖFNER Limited Edition Black Violin Bass

The venerated German company is celebrating its 125th anniversary by building 12—yes, only 12—of these 30 "-scale, 22-fret Black Violin Basses, which sport black gloss coats, black control consoles with special black knobs, flame-maple sides, spruce tops, three-piece flame-maple and beech necks, and “Toaster” single-coil pickups.
Street $3,400

SQUIER Chris Aiken Precision Bass

This signature axe in honor of Strung Out bassist Chris Aiken is an eye-catching amalgam of several elements: A ’70s Jazz-style “C” maple neck and board with blocks and binding, white Precision body with a Steve Harris-style mirror pickguard, Space Age “Astrolux” logo on the headstock, Hi- Mass four-saddle bridge with brass barrel saddles, Duncan Designed PB-105 pickup, and a single volume knob.
Street $500


The Bass Drive, aimed at those of us who love the sound of overdriven tubes, sports a 3-band EQ, gain and level controls, as well as its very own 12AX7 tube. Use it just to fatten up your tone—or push it harder for that classic tube growl and extra sustain.
Street $389

FENDER Nate Mendel Signature Precision Bass

Besides its optional “Fender/Foos” logo neck plate, this replica of the Foo Fighters bass man’s cherished ’71 Precision is straight out of the Me Decade: Dig that ash body, rosewood board, maple neck, 3-ply pickguard, and slim “C” neck, and check those ’70s-correct tuners and knurled chrome knobs. The lightly road-worn fi nish completes the look.
Street $1,200

SNARK SN10 Tuner

This SoCal company’s stompbox chromatic tuner boasts a large LCD, pitch calibration from 415Hz to 466Hz, true bypass, and a die-cast metal case— and it comes with an additional perk: Power it with a 9-volt battery or an adapter, and you can use its 9-volt out to power another pedal.
Street $40

IBANEZ ATK Premium Basses

ATK 800ATK 805
The Premium boasts many of the qualities that made the original mid- and late-’90s ATK cult classic, including a 3-piece maple neck, ash body, medium frets, maple fretboard, and that massive ATK bridge, of course. What makes this new iteration premium are the CAP Sonic Arch neck pickup, CAP double humbucker bridge pickup, specially made ATK-N3 3-band EQ, and pickup coil-selector switch.
Street $750 (4-string), $800 (5-string)

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