G&L SPECIAL COLLECTION
JB, M-2000 & M-2500
For its 2012 Special Collection series of basses,
G&L has gotten nekkid—or Nearly Naked, as they
call it—with a new ultra-thin Honey Ale finish.
All three bass models feature two-piece swamp
ash bodies, maple necks, and rosewood fingerboards,
and are built at G&L’s factory in Fullerton,
Street JB, $1,850; M-2000, $1,900; M-2500, $2,050
TC ELECTRONIC BH250
Following its BG250 combo (see Soundroom,
September ’12), TC Electronic has released the latest in ultra-light Class D bass heads, the BH250.
The 4-pound head is rated at 250 watts, has r"
headphone and XLR outputs, and USB connectivity
for utilizing TC
Electronic’s TonePrint effect
technology. It is scheduled for October release.
GRETSCH G5440LSB & G5442BDC
Gretcsh’s affordable Electromatic line just got
a whole lot cooler with the addition of the
G5440LSB and G5442BDC hollowbody basses.
The 34"-scale G5440LSB and 30"-scale G5442-
BDC both feature bound bodies, soundpost bracing,
Filter’Tron pickups, maple necks, and bound
rosewood fingerboards. The single-cutaway
G5440LSB is available in black and orange finishes,
and the double-cutaway G5442BDC comes
in black and red.
MY BASS App for Android
My Bass, a virtual bass simulation for Android, lets
you work on riffs anywhere you have your phone.
With six sound effects, playing velocity, string
muting, string animation, string bending, and an
auto-pluck option, My Bass works for right- and
left-handed bass geeks. Choose between five
neck skins and 4-, 5-, and 6-fret views.
Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO basses
The latest incarnation of Epiphone’s Thunderbird
is a neck-through, 34"-scale throwback with black
hardware, mahogany body wings, and 20
medium-jumbo frets. The seven-ply mahogany/
walnut laminate neck has a rounded, ’60s-style
profile and a 12" fingerboard radius; the two
Gibson TB Plus pickups are matched with neck
and bridge pickup controls, as well as a master
tone knob. Available in alpine white and vintage
Fender’s new dreadnought acoustic bass guitar,
the CB-100CE, features a spruce top; mahogany
back, sides, and neck; a Jazz-style neck profile;
scalloped X bracing; and a Fishman Isys III pickup
and preamp system.