List of Exhibitors on display at Bass Player Live 2010.
By BP Staff ,

Aguilar Amplification
599 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10012


Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets, bass effects pedals, bass pickups and preamps and is located in New York City. Our goal is to make great tools for bass players. At Bass Player LIVE!, Aguilar will once again share a sound stage with Alleva-Coppolo Basses, Spector Basses and Dunlop Manufacturing. Don't miss your opportunity to be among the first to try the latest Aguilar pedals and pickups. Aguilar executives Dave Boonshoft and Dave Avenius ("the Daves") will be hosting jam sessions with many Aguilar endorsees. Come to "the cool room," Stage 3 to listen, play, and enter giveaways for Aguilar products

Alleva-Coppolo Basses & Guitars
1245 W. 9th Street
Upland, CA 91786

Alleva-Coppolo is committed to setting a new industry standard by adding a touch of contemporary updates to the classic building techniques of the past. After establishing a strong New York City clientele consisting of session, live working, and Broadway players the company has expanded and relocated to Southern California, in the Los Angeles area. We look forward to providing past and future clients with quality instruments and personalized service.

16220 Wood-Red Road NE
Woodinville, WA 98072

Ampeg has produced some of the music industry's most innovative and memorable products over the past six decades, satisfying the needs of musicians on stages and in studios all over the world. Whatever your style, there's an Ampeg bass combo, head or cabinet that'll give you that Round Sound.www.facebook.com/AmpegUSA

ArtistWorks Online Bass Campus

The ArtistWorks Bass Campus offers hundreds of video lessons, tabs, and backing tracks combined with the unique ability for students to get personalized video feedback from master players like Nathan East and John Patitucci! ArtistWorks is the next generation of online bass lessons, featuring schools in three distinct categories: Electric Bass with Nathan East, Jazz Bass with John Patitucci, and Bluegrass Bass with Missy Raines. It's the most effective way to get better, fast.

Bass Strings Online
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Your one stop shop for bass support gear. Built by a bass player for bass players! Our selection and expertise sets us apart. Get professional assistance determining what strings are best for the sound and feel you desire. Alternate tunings? No problem! We offer strings and accessories from all leading manufacturers including singles and custom string sets. There for you 24 hours a day, we strive to give you the best service possible.

Benavente Guitars
Grants Pass, OR USA

Chris Benavente has been crafting custom handmade basses and guitars in his Grants Pass, Oregon workshop since 1996. Striving to build an instrument that is dependable as well as inspirational to play, Benavente Guitars are created from the finest woods, electronics and hardware available today. More of an obsession than a passion, Chris takes great pride in creating each instrument with the highest level of care and detail.

Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02215
800 BERKLEE (dial 237-5533)

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. With a diverse and talented student body representing more than 80 countries, and alumni that have collectively won more than 250 Grammys and Latin Grammys, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.

Blast Cult

BLAST CULT designs and manufacture high end and custom upright basses, electric guitars, pickups, pedals, and strings that compliment any player's style. Merging traditional and contemporary string instrument building design and technique gives BLAST CULT instruments superior durability, playability, and aesthetic.

Carvin Guitars
12340 World Trade Dr.
San Diego, CA 92128

Carvin's custom shop can build your dream bass. Choose from one of our various models and load up on the vast number of options which include wood, color, electronics, fingerboards, and more, to create your own custom bass.

DR Handmade Strings

7 Palisade Avenue
Emerson, NJ 07630


Since 1989, DR Handmade Strings has been dedicated to making wonderful sounding hand made strings. The idea is that great sound inspires a musician to play better and longer, while enjoying themselves even more. DR’s goal is to recreate the very best of old fashioned handmade craftsmanship and combine that with the most technically advanced materials and/or coatings available to transcend the boundaries of the string making process. The effort is in the pursuit of great sounds to inspire unrivaled musicianship.

New: DR’s K3™ coating is the first coating that players report, “sounds as good or better than uncoated strings.” DR’s new, remarkable, proprietary and patent pending K3™ Technology Coating is the first coating that makes no apologies and no excuses for not delivering sound equal to uncoated strings.

K3™ Technology Coating is used on NEON™, Dragon Skin™, Black Beauties™, Red Devils™, Cool Blue™, Silver Stars™ and Bootzillas™ strings.

Dean Markley USA
3350 Scott Blvd., #45
Santa Clara, California 95054 USA

Established in 1972, Dean Markley USA is recognized as an innovator and leader in the world of musical instrument strings. Over the years, the company has expanded its product line to include pickups and accessories. Celebrated by retailers for their sales performance and endorsed by an elite caliber of musicians, the Dean Markley line includes signature Nikki Sixx Helix bass strings as well as a wide variety of bass strings in the Helix, Blue Steel and Signature lines.

Diffusion Audio Inc.
121 Ch Champagne
St-Sauveur, QC
J0R 1R2 Canada

Diffusion Audio Inc. is the North American distributor for Sandberg Bass www.sandberg-guitars.de and for Two Notes Torpedo www.two-notes.com the world’s finest speaker and mic’ing emulator. We will feature various Sandberg models ranging from the new under $1000 Electra through the California series and Custom models as well as the Two Notes Torpedo CAB and Torpedo Live Digital Loadboxes and Speaker Simulators featuring bass specific cabinets and microphones.

Dunlop Manufacturing
P.O. Box 846
Benicia, CA 94510


Since 1965, Dunlop Manufacturing has been the world’s largest supplier of musical accessories. Our commitment to bass players is shown by the array of bass products that we create under the banners of Crybaby, MXR Bass Innovations, Dunlop Strings, Straplok, Dunlop Picks, the Formula 65 Product Line, and Dunlop Straps. We are proud to share a room with Aguilar Amplification, Spector Basses, and Alleva-Coppolo. Please stop by Stage #3, the “cool room,” to meet our artists and enter our amazing giveaway!

Elixir Strings
201 Airport Rd.
Elkton, MD 21921

After a year of R&D and working with over a 1000 bassists, Elixir Strings is introducing Nickel Plated Steel and Stainless Steel strings. The strings provide a clearer, livelier tone and enhanced feel. Bass Player magazine gave Elixir Strings an Editors’ Award, noting that “The new coating gives the stainless steel Elixirs a feel that’s smooth but easy to grip,” and summing up the strings as “… a long-lasting coated string that sounds lively and feels smooth …” Try them today at our booth.

Epifani Custom Sound
220 36th Street suite 501A
Brooklyn NY 11232
Phone: 718.832.4664

Fax: 718.965.3770


Since 1992 the Epifani design team has consulted with many of the world’s leading bassists on the development of our speakers and electronics. Using their input and our experience we work to find elegant solutions to the problems they encounter on a daily basis. By evolving our products through the application of innovative technologies and designs, we hope to inspire musicians to new levels of creativity. 

The Epiphone Company
 A Part of the Gibson Family of Brands
645 Massman Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37210

For over 130 years Epiphone has been passionately designing and making guitars and basses built to perform. You can count on Epiphone to give you time-tested designs, top-quality electronics and outstanding performance.

Fodera Guitar Partners, LLC
68 34th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Fodera Guitars has been building custom basses in Brooklyn, NY since 1983. We offer a variety of proprietary bass designs that have been pro-player tested by some of the world's finest bass players and feature our own electronics and hardware. Every Brooklyn- built Fodera can be customized to an incredibly high degree allowing our customers to choose their preferred tone wood, fingerboard material, neck wood, scale length, neck profile, string spacing, and even body shape.

Our Standard line is what we offer as an entry level bass, giving you an opportunity to own the same Fodera quality and sound at a fraction of the price. The Standard Family now have three models: The Yin Yang Standard, based off our Victor Wooten Yin Yang Deluxe, the wildly popular Emperor 5 Standard, a well rounded mixture of ingredients that will never disappoint, and the newest edition, the Matt Garrison Standard, a bass emulating that of the often requested Matt Garrison Signature Model. With each bass only having one configuration, it promises that legendary Fodera playability and tone at a very competitive price point.

Our own handmade Electric Bass Guitar Strings are the perfect complement to our instruments. They have been designed and constantly refined based on feedback from some of the bass world's most in demand players and are 100% Fodera made and proprietary. Make sure that you get the most out of your bass… play Fodera Bass Guitar Strings.

Isn't is time you played a Fodera?

Gibson USA

309 Plus Park Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37217

“Innovation” has been the common theme in Gibson electric Bass design for 60 years. Starting in the ‘50s with the EB-1, EB-0 and EB-2 and on to the ‘60s with the EB-3 and Thunderbird then pushing into the ‘70s with classic models like the Les Paul Signature and ground breaking Ripper, Grabber and RD Bass, Gibson has continued to push the envelope in electric bass concepts. Stop by and see our new models which are sure to become future classics.

Samson Technologies Corp. | Hartke
45 Gilpin Ave.
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Hartke first revolutionized the world of bass amplification in 1985 with the creation of a unique aluminum cone driver that produced a bass tone with far broader dynamics than had ever been heard before. Since then, Hartke has introduced a complete line of bass gear, and introduced the Hartke sound to a whole new generation of bass players. Hartke’s success can be attributed to a long history of inspiring world-class musicians, including Jack Bruce (Cream), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and Victor Wooten (Béla Fleck & the Flecktones), with our innovative bass speaker technology.

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
256 Broadway
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
845 246-0670

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

Musician's Institute
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.

NS Design
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.

Seymour Duncan
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.

Saugerties, NY
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

Sukop Basses
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.

TC Electronic
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!

Tech 21
790 Bloomfield Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07012
T: 973-777-6996
F: 973-777-9899

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.

Yamaha Corporation of America
6600 Orangethorpe Ave
Buena Park, CA 90602
Email: strings@yamaha.com
URL: www.yamahastrings.com
Like us at: https://www.facebook.com/YamahaStrings

Yamaha Silent Basses are available in 3 different models to meet the needs of the professional player. Features that allow for portability, silent practice or professional studio recording make these basses the top choice for the most discerning players worldwide.