Frankfurt Musikmesse April 10-13 2013

Musikmesse is this week. Barry and I will sadly not be in attendance but we made sure to send over some KICKING new basses. The Super P 4's will be well represented with a 3-tone and a Fiesta Red. Both are passive and both feature the latest version of our tone-fusion circuit which is both smoother and quieter sounding. There's a really nice Sklar 5 in Chrome Blue. A stunning Z3 (if I do say so myself) spalted maple top with a smokey trans Blackburst finish. There are two ABI 5's with the 3X pickup array. Both have Wenge necks - one with a wenge fretboard and one with maple for a cool reverse look. The other ABI has a really deep Purple (no relation) to Blackburst finish that's pretty mesmerizing. The final bass is unique. It's an ABII with a double top combination similar to a Prima Artist. The walnut burl top and flame maple contrast layer are repeated on the back to make this bass even more special. This is a first for an ABII. It also features a wenge neck and fingerboard which really makes the ABII sing.

Neil Murray is getting a killer tone out of his custom ABI 4-string in the new Snakecharmer video. If you're a fan of classic rock, I think you'll really enjoy what these guys are doing. With members of Whitesnake, Ozzy, Wishbone Ash and more its no wonder that they really know how to craft great songs.

The mighty London Bass Guitar Show is upon us this weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and new, shaking hands and kissing babies. Drop by the Bass Direct booth to say hi. Or Lubianiker will be at the booth doing some demos and melting strings. We'll have a Combustion tuned to Low F#. I played it this morning and its nuts! We'll also have a super light ABZ4 with a walnut neck. This is about as rare a bass as we do and I'm having second thoughts about letting it out of the shop. I just might want to keep this one;)

Here's a really nice video of Felipe Gomez playing tap-style on his 6-string ABZ. As you can tell from this video, Felipe's a very talented soloist. He's also an extremely solid player in a group setting and can slap like a mofo!

Bass of the Month – Limited Edition ABII6 Quilt top

Quilt doesn't get any better than this top here. However, there's more to this bass than just a sexy top. We've been testing Macassar ebony fretboards lately and I've got to say, paired with a wenge neck the results are pretty amazing. 6-strings are always a little tougher to get right due to the wide variety of string gauges and frequencies but this combination has the notes almost jumping off the fretboard.