Michael Anthony Signature Bass
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.
Low Down: A Guide to Creating Supportive Jazz Bass Lines
This Eastman-trained professor’s 68-page jazz bass method focuses on the basics—getting good tone, layout development, and walking line construction—for beginners, intermediate students, and advanced players. Supplemented with mp3 files.
Revered New York luthier Roger Sadowsky’s new Satin series basses—available both in 21-fret, Jstyle models with single-coils and 24-fret modern models with soapbars—feature a lightweight chambered ash or alder body, graphite strip in the neck, and Sadowsky preamp with volume, blend, vintage tone control with bypass switch, and stacked treble/bass boost. Both models are available in 4- and 5-string versions and a wide variety of colors.
Street $2,900 (4-string); $2,980 (5-string)
TX600 Tube Bass Amp
Hartke’s new seven-pound aluminum monster puts 600 watts into 4Ω and 400 watts into 8Ω, and it boasts bass, treble, shape, and frequency controls for mids, passive/active inputs, compression, a brite button for extra attack, as well as an aux-in and r" headphone jack on the front. Around back, there’s a DI out, ground-lift switch, q" out for the preamp, and a q" power-amp in, right next to q" and Neutrik Speakon connections.
Hearing Bass Lines: The Complete Bundle
If standard ear-training exercises just don’t do it for you, try this: Choose one of Hearing Bass Lines’ four-note bass line mp3 examples, listen as the key center is played, identify the four notes that follow, and wait for the answer. The package’s 11,800 examples aim to use all possible combinations of four notes using any of 12 pitches.
Ready to learn your fingerboard and improve your reading by spending time on the five most important 7 chords, in all 12 keys? This 54-page arpeggio workout will take you through major, minor, 7, m7b5, and diminished chords in eighth-note and 16th-note exercises, in standard notation and tab.
Jeff Berlin Rithimic V Bass
The 5-string version of Jeff Berlin’s signature Cort bolt-on features an alder body with walnut-burl top, hard-maple neck, Babicz FCH5 gold bridge, volume/tone/balance controls, and passive electronics wedded to custom Bartolini dual-coil humbuckers in the neck and bridge positions.
O Bass Guitar
With its custom-wound split-coil humbucker and straightforward volume/tone controls, this bolt-on 4-string with a small okoumé body, basswood veneer, maple neck, dual-action trussrod, and rosewood fingerboard is made for vintage-style fun. Available in teardrop sunburst, off-black, and orange finishes, the O comes with a padded Orange gigbag.