New Gear: October 2012

November 1, 2012

 JB  M-2000  M-2500
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, California.
Street JB, $1,850; M-2000, $1,900; M-2500, $2,050


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.
Street $300


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.
Street $900


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.
Street Free


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 sunburst.
Street $500


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.
Street $300
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