|IBANEZ / Hoshino USA
PO Box 886
Bensalem, PA 19020
The foundation on which we’ve built our reputation is simple—we listen to the needs of musicians. From our most distinguished artist signature models (like Gerald Veasley and Gary Willis) to our Ibanez Prestige basses (crafted in Japan by award-winning luthiers with over 100 years of collective experience) to our ever-expanding line of Premium basses (pro instruments within reach of the working player) we make basses that surpass expectations. We’ve developed ground-breaking body, neck, and component improvements that have been applied across the entire range of Ibanez basses. Every step of Ibanez’s construction process has been carefully refined with meticulous attention to detail—a key factor that has led to Ibanez being one of the top selling bass guitar brands in America.
Kala Brand Music Co.
P.O. Box 751149
Petaluma, CA 94954
Having been awarded two Bass Player Editor Awards, the Kala U-BASS is truly a ground breaking short scale (21") bass that produces the same pitches as a standard bass instrument and is tuned in traditional bass tuning. Available in fretted and fretless, and 5 String models, the U-BASS is strung with proprietary polyurethane strings that reproduce incredible bottom end both live and in the studio. Kala will be showing Acoustic Electric U-Bass designs, the California Series USA made Solid Bodies, and the S-U-B Solid Body series. The strings incorporate a great bass feel, with balanced tension; and are a true pleasure to play. Endorsees include Bakithi Kumalo, Hutch Hutchinson, Bob Glaub, Tal Wilkenfeld, Hugh McDonald, and Reggie McBride. The U-BASS is also the recipient of the “Best Product of the Year” award from Music Inc. magazine in 2010 and 2011.
|Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.|
420 Race St./Po Box 199
Perkasie, PA 18944
Manufacturer of high-quality, 100% hand crafted Bass Guitars since 1979. When I started this business there were no custom bass parts available, bridges or even electronics other than what you could buy in a music store which was very little. My profession back then as stated on my Tax Return was still 'Professional Musician' and not Luthier, as if the IRS would have a clue if it did (: ... Here we are now over 30 years later still making the Smith Basses in 4, 5, 6 and 7string models as requested by Bass Players from around the world of all ages, walks of life as well as Professional or Amateur and everything in between. Our Bass Strings and related Accessories have made an equal impression amongst musicians as well.
Our Basses are made today with most of the same methods we used in the beginning with only basic woodworking tools and our custom made fret slotting saw as we do not have any automated machines here. In fact, we make our Basses closer to the way that old Violins were made rather than anything resembling today's industry type Guitar making methods. Slow is fine with us as each Bass is individual, just like the player that is buying it.
|La Bella Strings|
Newburgh, NY 12550
La Bella Strings is America's oldest incorporated and continuously family-owned & operated music string manufacturer. 2012 marks the 100-year anniversary of the company. Since the emergence of the electric bass guitar in the 1950’s, La Bella bass strings have been the first choice of the most relevant players in contemporary music history. In keeping up with our fine tradition of hand-made products, our artisans utilize old world craftsmanship and modern expertise to create the world’s finest bass strings.
|Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA)|
370 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
LAMA College for Music Professionals in Pasadena, is regarded as one of the premiere music schools in the world, for students who desire an intimate and friendly, yet serious and rigorous contemporary music education. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the school offers A.A. degrees and diplomas in music production and music performance. Founded in 1996, the Academy has provided a solid musical foundation for more than 1,500 international and domestic students.
|Lemur Music Everything for the Upright Bass|
32238 Paseo Adelanto, Suite B
San Juan Capistrano, CA. 92675
Lemur Music is THE UPRIGHT BASS SPECIALIST, having 2500+ Bass instruments, Accessories, Strings, Books, Music, & Media Items in Stock & Available in San Juan Capistrano Home Store. Online Store: www.lemurmusic.com – Lemur’s Bass Showrooms, A Full Service Repair Shop, and Friendly, Knowledgeable Customer Service Staff are dedicated to Serving Every Bass Player from the beginner to the professional musician. Crossover Players Welcome!
|MTD (Michael Tobias Design LLC)
3 Lauren Ct
Kingston, NY 12401 USA
Michael Tobias Design (MTD) is a maker of four-, five-, six-, and seven-string basses. MTD's instruments are designed and were originally manufactured by luthier Michael Tobias in Woodstock and Kingston, New York, USA. American-made MTD models include the 435 (four-string, 35"-scale electric bass guitar), 535 (five-string, 35"-scale electric bass guitar), 635 (six-string), and 735 (seven-string), and US Saratoga 4 and 5 (34" 21 fret). MTD also manufactures the less expensive Kingston instrument series in China, including the Saratoga, CRB, Artist, Heir, Z4, Z5, Z6, and ZX. The Kingston series basses, strings and accessories are distributed by Dana B Goods. www.mtdkingston.com
1655 McCadden Pl.
Hollywood, CA 90028
MI's Bass programs (founded as the Bass Institute of Technology/BIT) have been setting the standard for contemporary bass education for over three decades. Under the direction of a world-class teaching staff of professional bassists, you develop the techniques, musicianship, and playing experience to handle any style from funk to rock, jazz, Latin, R&B and more while you also unlock your unique playing style. MI's performing opportunities are unmatched by any bass school in the world, and graduates are anchoring rhythm sections around the world.
P.O. Box 705
Damariscotta, ME 04555
Founded by Ned Steinberger, NS Design instruments are respected by artists worldwide for their dynamic blend of performance, player comfort, and extraordinary visual appeal. New from NS Design: the NS Radius 5-string bass guitar, fretted or fretless, featuring a set of design innovations genuinely worthy of a new Ned Steinberger classic. The NS line-up also includes an array of outstanding electric upright basses, the Omni Bass and electric cellos. Visit http://thinkNS.com for more information.
|Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Limited Partnership|
380 Log Canoe Circle
Stevensville, MD 21666
Founded in 1985, Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland. PRS’ team of highly skilled craftspeople produces over 1,000 electric guitars each month, as well as acoustic guitars, basses, and amplifiers, for worldwide distribution. The PRS brand also includes high-quality import “SE” lines of electrics, acoustics and amplifiers. Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Opeth, Mark Tremonti, Ricky Skaggs, Cody Kilby, Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Gary Grainger, and Wyzard are among the world-renowned artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers.
Rotosound is a pioneering force in string manufacturing and celebrated their fiftieth anniversary last year. Their world famous music strings have been the first choice for some of the greatest musicians in the history of music and include Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd and the cream of more recent bands such as Franz Ferdinand and Oasis. They continue to endorse an ever increasing list of the most respected, innovative and professional musicians, as well as being used by millions of satisfied customers around the planet.
5427 Hollister Ave.
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
After spending time in England winding pickups for the likes of Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix, Seymour W. Duncan joined with Cathy Carter Duncan to found Seymour Duncan Pickups. Over the years we have developed a line of bass pickups for every style and every type including P-Bass, J-Bass, MusicMan, Soapbar, Active and if you need something truly unique our Custom Shop can help. We are committed to helping you find your tone, your voice.
800-825-8810 National Sales Office
We are the Spector electric bass and guitar company, founded by Stuart Spector in the mid 1970's. We are best known for our world famous original NS curved body design, designed with our good friend Ned Steinberger in 1977, and heard on so many recordings and seen on countless tours around the world for decades.
"What's In A Name?"
Since 1976, Stuart Spector has been designing and building what many consider to be some of the finest stringed musical instruments in the World. Through the years his efforts to build high quality, exceptional electric bass guitars and electric guitars has taken many forms. From his small Brooklyn, NY workshop in the late 1970's to becoming a division of Kramer Guitars in the 1980's and then the decade long fight to win back the rights to make guitars using his own name after Kramer's failure in the 1990's; Stuart has never given up his very special version of the American Dream.
In its current form, STUART SPECTOR DESIGNS, LTD. is a USA based manufacturing company with operations on three continents; North America, Europe and Asia.
The company's principals are Stuart Spector and PJ Rubal.
U3 translates to Uncompromising Quality, Unparalleled Versatility, Unbelievable Sound; and stated as such represents the primary Mission and the Values of our Company.
Artist signature models include Mike Kroeger (Nickelback), Rex Brown (Down, Pantera), Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen), Ian Hill (Judas Priest), Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, many others), and Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse).
Our USA Series basses are hand crafted to order in our famous upstate NY workshop by Stuart Spector and his employees with list prices starting at $ 3399.00.
Our Europe Series basses are true production versions of our USA basses made in our Czech factory since the early 1990's with list prices starting at $ 2299.99.
Our Professional Series basses are made in our Korean factory (same factory since 1986) with list prices starting at $ 999.99.
Our Performer By Spector 4st & 5st all passive basses represent our most affordable basses, having list prices of $ 599.99 & $ 699.99.
For all the up to date model, artist, and company info please visit our site www.spectorbass.com, www.facebook.com/OfficialSpector, and www.twitter.com/OfficialSpector
PO Box 1390
Angel Fire NM 87710
A specialty bass builder emphasizing the highest quality of construction, materials and design. Offering several models with many options in 4 , 5, 6 and & 7 string configurations , with tone, playability and beauty among the primary concerns.
335 Gage Ave., Suite 1
Kitchener, N2M 5E1
After shaking up the bass market at NAMM 2009 TC Electronic has established itself as a full-fledged player in the bass world. Their full family of bass products including the flagship RH450 amp, the 1600 watt Blacksmith, the new TonePrint® enabled BG250 combo and BH250 head as well as a full range of cabinets have readily been adopted by a variety of bass heavy hitters. Be sure to watch Nathan East at BPL! as he demonstrates the revolutionary TonePrint® technology live onstage!
790 Bloomfield Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07012
Tech 21 pioneered Tube Amplifier Emulation in 1989 with the introduction of their proprietary, 100% analog SansAmp technology. The SansAmp Bass Driver DI, in particular, is considered a “don’t leave home without it” piece of gear amongst bass players worldwide. Sixteen years after its debut in 1992, it won Bass Player magazine’s People’s Choice Award in both 2008 and in 2009 for Best Stompbox. Today, Tech 21 offers a full line of SansAmp pre-amps/signal processors, effects, and guitar and bass amplifiers, all of which are designed and manufactured in the U.S.A
Warwick GmbH & Co Music Equipment KG
Gewerbepark 46, D-08258 Markneukirchen, Germany
Tel. +49 (0) 37422 5551000
Fax. +49 (0) 37422 5551002
Warwick – Basses, Amps & Rock & Roll. From the first Nobby Meidel bass through the Streamer, Thumb and Buzzard to today’s vast array of standard models and custom shop options, Warwick has been the leading innovator in a market fraught with imitators. For nearly 30 years, Warwick has pioneered and developed bass guitars on the cutting edge. Legends like Jack Bruce and Bootsy Collins transcend the gap between the past and the future with Warwick. Modern icons like Steve Bailey, Adam Clayton, and Robert Trujillo armed with Warwick, lead a musical revolution and have now become the most recognizable bassists of a generation.
Warwick is equally dedicated to our award winning line of amplifiers. The new WCA and WA Series clearly continues in that tradition.