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.
HÖFNERLimited 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.
SQUIERChris 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.
CARL MARTIN Bass Drive
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.
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.
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.
IBANEZ ATK Premium Basses
ATK 800ATK 805The 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)