HD25 & HD50 Bass Combos
Hartke’s two new combos are built for small venues, rehearsal spaces, and bedroom practice sessions. The 25-watt HD25 1x8 and 50-watt HD50 1x10 are both top-mounted amps with volume, bass, mid, and treble controls; each has active/passive settings, ⅛" input for stereo line-level devices, ¼" headphone output, and a built-in limiter.
Street HD25, $130; HD50, $200
Right in time for school, Hal Leonard’s new Bass Hanon throws down 75 exercises that aim to help you build your endurance and flexibility. Bass Tab Method Songbook 1 is for beginners working on simplified versions of classics such as Duck Dunn’s “Born Under a Bad Sign” bass line. Bass Tab 2013 has some of last year’s catchiest gems, including Nathan East’s ubiquitous “Get Lucky” bass part.
StreetBass Hanon, $15; Bass Tab Method Songbook 1, $13; Bass Tab 2013, $20
MKB4SB Renaissance Bass
Michael Kelly Guitars’ Rick Turner-licensed Renaissance basses boast chambered acoustic okoumé bodies with abalone purfling, okoumé tops, mahogany necks, rosewood fretboards, Turner-designed bridges, and Seymour Duncan/Rick Turner D-TAR system electronics.
These limited-edition Spector axes—only 15 were made—are outfitted with dark blue stain gloss finish, and they feature chrome LE hardware, EMG J/J active pickups, EMG BQC 3-band active tone controls, 18-volt/dual battery preamps, and slightly thinner necks, front to back. Other standout features include a zinc brass alloy bridge body and wings made of USA figured maple over European alder with a slice of walnut between.
French luthier Paul Lariat’s new 34"-scale, nine-pound Sirya 4-string is a woody wonderland: The body is mahogany; the top and 24-fret fingerboard are maple; the splints are walnut, mahogany, maple, and ebony; and the neck has six strips of maple, one strip of wenge, two strips of mahogany, and two strips of walnut. Black hardware, Gotoh tuners, an ABM bridge, Delano Xtender pickups, and a John East preamp round out the package.
DOMINIQUE DI PIAZZA/MIKE SABRE
Looking for a way to get that fretless sound without the bad intonation? French bass whiz Dominique Di Piazza and luthier Mike Sabre’s fretless bridge, fitted with wooden saddles, boasts the ability to give players all the “mwah” they want—with impressive sustain and without the inconvenience of playing out of tune.
Direct 4-string bridge, $330; 5-string bridge, $360
VB95 Pro Bass
The VB95 upright features a fully carved spruce top with gamba corners, solid laminate back and ribs, solid ebony fingerboard, solid brass German-tooled tuning machines, hand-applied amber/chestnut antique varnish, and a gig-ready setup with adjustable bridge and Spirocore strings. The VB95 comes with a BB301 carbon-fiber bow fitted with traditional nickel mountings and an ebony frog, and a CB50 deluxe padded bass bag featuring a Cordura cover and heavy-duty zippers.