Detroit Muscle Series SS Collection
These souped-up G&L LB-100 reissue basses come with all the usual accoutrements—alder bodies, maple necks, maple or rosewood fingerboards, medium jumbo frets, and G&L Alnico V humbucking split-coil matched to passive electronics— but it’s their ’60s-era muscle-car colors that really catch the eye. The Daytona Yellow, Hugger Orange, Marina Blue, and Cranberry Red (shown) finishes contrast nicely with the one-ply black pickguard and go all the way up to the headstock.
The Bass Handbook
With its myriad exercises, wide range of genres, history of basses, bios of important players, and tech advice, this updated version of Adrian Ashton’s step-by-step course aims to help you improve your reading, technique, and onstage performance. An included CD contains 97 tracks of the 250-page book’s key musical exercises and examples.
Basket Weave Carving Leather straps
These straps balance fancy looks—courtesy of a veg-tanned leather top with a basket-weave-tooled insert—with practicality: A soft garment leather backing and foam padding should make long gigs just a little bit more tolerable. The straps are available in regular size (41"–48") or XL (up to 60"), and in black, burgundy, brown, cranberry, dark brown, walnut, or tan.
Street Regular, $150; XL, $156
Stagehand Compact Tech Kit
Tired of carrying around a toolbox for on-the-spot setups—or not having the tools you need? This tool set consists of a screwdriver-style bit holder and a 19-piece magnetic bit set that comes complete with hex wrenches, screwdrivers, and sockets in imperial and metric sizes. The Stagehand set also includes a 15-blade thickness gauge with integrated ruler, a string winder, and a smaller version of the GrooveTech string cutters—all in a 7" x 2" x 2" zipup pouch that’ll fit right into your gig bag.
JB4 & JB5 Classic Jazz Bolt-Neck Basses
Carvin’s new active/passive, alder-body JB4 4-string and JB5 5-string Jazz-style bolt-ons blend classic styling with 22-fret necks, dual carbon-fiber reinforcement rods, locking bass bridges, graphite– teflon nuts, and the company’s JVA single-coil Alnico pickups. H50A stacked humbuckers are also an option on these 34”-scale hybrids, as are a wide variety of body woods, tops, and finishes.
Direct JB4, $1,030; JB5, $1,100
SE Kingfisher and SE Kestrel basses
PRS’s first two SE basses are 34”-scale 4-string neck-throughs that mix vintage looks with modern touches. The 24-fret, swamp ash/maple neck SE Kingfisher, outfitted with Kingfisher 4B ‘H’ proprietary humbuckers, aims to deliver old-school “clank” while specializing in strong fundamental and sparkly highs. The SE Kestrel’s alder body, Kestrel 4B ‘S’ single-coils, and 22-fret maple/ walnut neck are married to a modern bridge that allows you to string through the body or the bridge. The SE Kestrel comes in black, metallic red, and tri-color sunburst; the Kingfisher is available in natural, scarlet red, and tortoiseshell.
American Standard Jaguar Bass
Fender’s new California-made Jaguar Bass includes the standard Jaguar P/J configuration (Alnico Precision pickup and ceramic Jazz Bass at the bridge) and active/passive controls, but the company takes it up a couple notches with “F” lightweight vintage-paddle tuning machines and a High-Mass Vintage bridge with the option for top loading or string-through- body. The alder body, maple-neck Jaguar comes in three-color sunburst, Olympic white, black, or mystic red.