Jackson have announced new quilt maple top options for the JS Series Spectra bass JS3Q and five-string Spectra Bass JS3QV. The instruments come with a poplar body with a quilt maple top, a graphite-reinforced bolt-on maple neck with scarf joint design, dual passive Jackson medium-output humbucking pickups and a HiMass bridge. Tone can be modulated with a two-way toggle switch for pickup coil-splitting, three-band EQ, blend and volume control (with push/pull selector to bypass or engage the active circuit for the EQ).

The company have also launched new X Series Signature David Ellefson Concert Bass CBXM IV and V models. The Megadeth bassist says: “When we started designing these, my first thought was ‘let’s do something more traditional’. The Jackson basses have such great playability, tone and features. I wanted something that would appeal to the general masses.”

The new CBXM has a poplar body, a graphite-reinforced bolt-on quartersawn maple neck: the 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard flattens out as you move up the neck for increased playing comfort and speedy articulation. A heel-mount truss rod thumbwheel also allows for quick neck adjustments. Active EMG J bridge and EMG P neck pickups provide mid-range and increased output, with an active three-band EQ.

See Ellefson discuss the new bass here.


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New Gear from Ibanez, Mesa, Warwick, and more

The little brother of Warwick’s LWA 1000—cased in an ultra-tough aluminum chassis and equipped with a 4-band EQ and WET/DRY control for the effect loop—is a 2.5-pound bass head that puts out 500 watts into 4 Ω (or 250 watts into 8 Ω).

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New Gear from Hartke, Sadowsky, Schecter, and More!

This Korean-built, carbon grey bolt-on hits all the standard targets—alder body, rosewood board, 21 extra-jumbo frets—while throwing a couple cool features into the mix, including a MonsterTone J pickup in the back, a MonsterTone P in the front, black hardware, a thin C-shape maple/walnut neck, and crème one-ply binding.