New Gear: June 2013

May 17, 2013

Skyline Hollowbody 30

Lakland’s latest addition to its old-school collection is the Skyline Hollowbody 30, a 30"-scale hollowbody with a 1.5" nut width, a rosewood fingerboard, a machined hollow body with “F” hole, two single-coil pickups, and Hipshot-licensed Ultralite tuners. The controls are straightforward volume, volume, tone.
Street $1,000

RockBass Vampyre Dark Lord

Get the jump on Halloween with this 24-fret, 35"-scale RockBass Vampyre Dark Lord that’s built for extra-low tunings: It comes with .085–.175 Warwick Red Strings so you can tune all the way down to F#BEA. Thanks to its alder body, rosewood fingerboard, maple neck with ekanga veneer stripes, 24 jumbo frets, 7.9 pound weight, and active MEC TJ/J pickups, the Dark Lord is ready to rule on more than just one day a year. Available in high-polish black only, of course.
Street $700

LTD FB-204 Frank Bello Signature Bass

Anthrax bass man Frank Bello’s new, entry-level signature ESP bass is a vintage, all-black affair. With its basswood body, maple U-shape neck, rosewood fingerboard, 34" scale length, and 21 frets, the FB-204 keeps it old school, but the LDJ (bridge) & LDP (neck) pickups, matched with the ESP’s ATB-1 active tone boost, bring it into the 21st Century.
Street $400

NRT4 and NRT5

Mike Lull follows his acclaimed T4 and T5 Gibson Thunderbird-style basses with non-reverse body NRT4 4-string and NRT5 5-strings, which share their predecessor’s mahogany body, raised center section, Madagascar rosewood fingerboard, contoured neck heel, and graphite-reinforced bolt-on mahogany neck (34" scale length for the NRT4 and 35" for NRT5). The 21-fret NRT basses also sport custom chrome tailpieces and bridges, Hipshot Ultralite tuners, and custom Mike Lull T-Bass pickups.
Street $3,450 (NRT4), $3,675 (NRT5)


The LB-100, itself an early ’90s update of one of Leo Fender’s most enduring designs, gets a makeover with a streamlined alder body, a recreation of its predecessor’s Alnico V pickup, and a proprietary Saddle Lock bridge. The hard rock maple neck, medium jumbo frets, and custom G&L tuners with aluminum-tapered posts are standard, and options include an alder or swamp ash bodies, rosewood or maple fingerboards, or standard, solid, and premier finishes.
Street $1,400

Bass H-850 headphones

The company that reclaimed the word “briefcase” from the 9-to-5 grind now introduces headphones designed just for us. Boasting a 20Hz- 20KHz frequency response, 32Ω impedance, a 96dB SPL, and a 6-foot cable, these bass-friendly cans use 40mm neodymium magnets and closed-back acoustic loading for clear sound reproduction.
Street $110

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