2016 Sponsors & Exhibitors

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Thanks to Our 2016 Bass Player LIVE! Sponsors!


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 Blast Cult, Spector Basses, and Dunlop Manufacturing. Don’t miss your opportunity to be among the first to try the latest Aguilar pedals and pickups.


Since 1949, Ampeg's commitment to amazing tone has been proven through classic designs like the B-15 and stage-dominating SVT. Ampeg is the signature sound of professional bassists the world over. Today, Ampeg is dedicated to this rich heritage with amazing reissues like the Heritage SVT and lines like the Portaflex Series, delivering classic Ampeg tone and looks in modern designs built for performance. Our expansive selection of heads and cabinets has something for any player of any style. From amazingly portable combos like our BA Series and arena-rattling SVT rigs to the ultra-lightweight and powerful Pro Neo cabinets, Ampeg has the tone you want in an amp that's right for your application.

Bass Mods 

Since 2009 BassMods has been manufacturing high quality bass guitars with the intent of offering a quality instrument at an affordable price point. With an impressive Artist roster BassMods has risen from relatively unknown to highly notable. Known for their amazing “out of the box” set-ups. and their versatile electronics options, many top professional bass artists have chosen BassMods as their main bass. Please visit our booth and test drive our latest models. 

Bass Strings Online

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. 


BeatBuddy was invented out of frustration at not being able to find a drum machine that enabled hands-free live control. Other drum machines were either complicated table-top devices that are difficult, if not impossible, to control while jamming, or are poorly made afterthoughts in loopers that grant no control of a single repetitive beat loop -- no fills, no rhythm changes, no accent hits, no tap tempo, no pause/unpause feature, and of course no computer interface. 

D Lakin Basses

Dan Lakin is getting back into the market with a line of traditional designs made at a quality level found in instruments at 3 times the price. Oil finish on the back of the neck, bone nut, and all USA Hipshot hardware complete the package. D.Lakin Basses are the real deal and are a real deal! With signature models from Joe Osborn, Bob Glaub, and Rick Rosas all basses are covered. 


D’Addario strings XL product line offers a wide selection of alloys & string constructions designed to help you play your way! Planet Waves offers a wide variety of straps, cables, and smart tools designed to make your life easier! 

Darkglass Electronics 

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." - C. G. Jung. It's not just about making your sound better, is about creating, developing and improving again and again, to give you just the best. Innovation is our main aim: giving our customers the highest sound technology, handmade quality and aesthetic finish. It's not just our job, is our passion and we love what we do. 


Dudacus basses surpass industry standards in quality, sound, and style. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dudacus was founded by Steven Baxter, who has been playing bass and crafting his own superior instruments in the greater Boston area for nearly 40 years.


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, Blast Cult, Spector Basses, and Zon Guitars. Please stop by Stage #3, the “cool room,” to meet our artists and enter our amazing giveaway! 


Since 1988 EBS Sweden AB has been designing and manufacturing professional equipment for bass players. The idea and concept for EBS is to develop and build innovative musical equipment geared towards professional and semi-professional musicians, always improving the professional profile of EBS. 2013 marks the 25th Anniversary of the company. 


For over 30 years Eden has been revered for its trademark amplifier, speaker, and cabinet designs that produce dynamic hifi bass tone. From the World Tour Series heads to the highly requested XLT and XST cabinets, our products have become the standard for touring professionals worldwide. 


One of the world's leading manufacturers of high quality guitars and basses. Now a world-renowned, highly respected instrument manufacturer, the ESP Guitar Company had its humble beginnings as a custom shop in the rear of a Tokyo music store. It was 1975 when ESP founded a chain of retail stores called Electronic Sound Products, or ESP for short. In 1983, ESP began making replacement parts and accessories for the booming guitar market.

F Bass 

F Bass has been handcrafting instruments out of Hamilton, ON, Canada since 1978 The F bass design has evolved over 35 years of creating, repairing and studying other instruments, and it has been our desire to learn from and improve upon those designs. We hope that these refinements create a niche away from basses that sound and feel “high-tech”. Whether it be a Fender inspired 4 string P bass or an original design 6 string fretless with an exotic top and Piezo pickup system, we want our instruments to sound organic and true to the tonewoods used. 

Form Factor Audio

Our cabinets are designed with advanced joints, made from calibrated Baltic birch and Italian Plywood (light weight), cut on state of the art CNC routers. The result is a cabinet so rigid and strong, it allows for a new level of performance from the woofers. The speakers are custom made to our specification by different world known Loudspeaker companies from the US and Europe. The crossover is designed and built in our Orange County factory by our engineers. The combination of these factors, years of engineering development and a proven assembly process brings you the ultimate bass experience in sound reproduction, tone and punch. You have to hear it to truly appreciate it. 


GHS produces a full line of strings for fretted instruments: electric, acoustic, and classical guitar; electric bass; banjo; mandolin; pedal and steel guitar and more. ALl GHS products are manufactured with one objective - to provide players with products that continually exceed their expectations. Innovation has been a key since 1964. Now, 35 years later, GHS Strings is a top brand in the global market. 


Höfner was established in 1887 by Karl Höfner who was followed by two of his sons and his grandaughter in developing the company into a world leading instrument manufacturer. Today we are the largest manufacturer of stringed instruments in Western Europe exporting products throughout the world through our extensive dealer network. 


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 U-Bass

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 strings that reproduce incredible bottom end both live and in the studio.

Laney Amplification

Laney Amplification was founded in 1967 out of an obsession with music and electronics. Lyndon Laney was at school at the time and playing in several bands around the West Midlands of the UK. A fascination for tubes and a desire to make his own amplifier; partly out of interest but mainly out of economic necessity, bands did not make a lot of money in those days, led to the birth of Laney amplification on a kitchen table in his parents house. The intervening years has seen Laney Amplifiers grow from a kitchen table industry into a multi-national amplifier manufacture with a range of products covering all musical styles and a list of user's and endorsees containing some of the most influential and respected players on the planet. 

Mayones Guitars & Basses

Mayones instruments are truly handmade in a traditional luthier style accompanied with state-of-art technology and equipped with top class components. Every guitar and bass follow the same production routine: take the skills and the experience of our crew, implement strict quality standards at every step of production and add the elusive touch of our love to guitars. The result is always the same – a top notch instrument with soul and built-in inspiration. 

Mana Basso 

At Mana Basso we have delved deeply into the broad spectrum of knowledge and craftsmanship that comprises instrument making. We have studied the physics of sound, the mechanics of wood, and the dynamic relationship there-in. We have developed a unique understanding of the properties of electro-magnetic energy, and we have studied old and new world luthiery to learn from the mastery of our predecessors. This is how we achieve a quality of bass that will compel you to play it, to hear it, to feel it. 

Mesa Boogie

Mesa/Boogie® Ltd. (also known as Mesa Engineering®) is a leading innovator in bass guitar amplification technology whose product line includes the M6 Carbine™ M9 Carbine™, the portable M-Pulse® Walkabout® Series and most recently the all-tube Bass Prodigy™ Four:88™ and Bass Strategy™ Eight:88™Founded in California in 1969, the company’s full line of guitar and bass amplifiers, cabinets, pedals and accessories are
still meticulously handcrafted in their Petaluma, CA shop. 

N.S. Design

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. 

Red Witch 

We are a small company from New Zealand, which makes analog guitar effect pedals. We are based in a small town on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The decision to produce pedals came from a long lasting love affair with analog guitar equipment and from the knowledge that there were people who had been unable to get the 'sound' they were searching for. We strive to blend art and technology into our pedals. We aim to create devices that inspire the player - Sonically and Visually. We are dedicated to creating unique new pedals - not clones. 


BOSS has achieved legendary status among guitarists with a world-leading product line-up that includes compact effects processors, multi-effects processors, and more. Please be sure to visit us at BOSSus.com


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. Artist signature models include Mike Kroeger (Nickelback), Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen), Ian Hill (Judas Priest), Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, many others), and Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse). 

Stonefield Basses 

Begun in 1993, dabbled with for over a decade and revitalised as a project with serious focus in 2008, the Stonefield Musical Instrument Company brings together diverse elements of stringed instrument design that founder Tomm Stanley had puzzled over for years with the question of manufacturers and independent makers; ”why don’t they do this on a bass?” The Stonefield bass brings these elements together in what is no less than a ground-breaking new direction in the design, build and playability of the electric bass. Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, Stonefield Musical Instruments couple the latest in CNC technology with the traditional skills of the luthier to create basses that are sound as good as they look. No matter what style of music you play, the Stonefield bass can be tailored to your sound. 

Tech 21

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 itî 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. 

Tensor Basses

Our missions at Tensor Bass Guitars is to build great looking, playing and sounding bass guitars. All of our basses are made in our shop in southern California. We use domestic sources for wood and hardware. Our custom designed pickguards are manufactured by us using a proprietary laminating process. Our finishes are done by local artists who specialize in high quality paint work. 

Trickfish Amplification

Trickfish products are designed and manufactured for discerning musicians looking for accuracy, power and reliability while in pursuit of their artistic vision. We strive to deliver intelligently designed product that is easy to operate, is beautiful to look at and yet without compromise, reveals the nuance and subtlety of the player and their instrument. We have a passion for what we do and that love is channeled through strong principles and ideals. We demand the best out of ourselves because without that resolve, the product would be only average – we are not striving to be average. 

Tsunami Cables 

At Tsunami Cables we make it our goal to offer the best quality products at an affordable price. Cables designed to eliminate the need for having two sets of audio cables (an industry standard). Using a cable for studio recording and another for the road. Our cables are designed to handle both the road and the studio. As the customer, you have your choice of cable, connectors and even a variety of colored coverings. The ideal Pro Audio cable is one that gives you the clearest picture of your sound from the source (i.e. "guitar") to the input (i.e. "amp") with the least amount of resistance. We specialize in outfitting full band set-ups, pro recording studios and live venues. No project is too large or too small. Tsunami Cables, audio cables that deliver pure sound in any situation!! Are you riding the wave?

Yamaha Guitars

Yamaha Guitar Development is the team that designs, develops and builds Yamaha guitars, basses and amps. Offices in Japan, USA and UK. 

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