As always, several members of the Guitar World crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.
Over the weekend, someone asked me about "Tennessee brand" guitars and basses — something I'd never heard of. Apparently, the company creates — or created — an 18-string instrument that combines a 12-string guitar with a six-string bass — all on one neck.
Netherlands-based Aristides Instruments is producing the first-ever bass guitar made of Arium. The instrument utilizes an exoskeleton design made of a semi-monocoque construction for maximum performance. Over the past year, limited pieces have been made available for review and artists such as Barend Courbois; now, however, customers can place orders through authorized dealers or directly from the factory.
“Jaws drop when bassists hear the sound of this new bass string line,” says D’Addario Product Specialist Brian Johnson. “These strings were designed for bass players who prefer a more flexible feel to their strings while retaining the fast response necessary for slap playing.”
Fretlight Guitar has introduced its first bass, the FB-525. The FB-525 features the world’s only built-in LED learning system that helps you learn how to play guitar and bass up to 10 times faster than traditional methods.
Finding a great bass doesn’t have to be a mystery. There are so many well-made, affordable basses on the market today that it’s never been easier to find a good instrument. But don’t just buy the first bass you get your hands on. There are still problems to be aware of and features to consider to insure that you get the best value and an instrument you’ll be happy playing for years to come.