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SECTOR SPOTLIGHT Bass Guitars Yamaha


The BB series has been around for 25 years now and the BB424 (£498) offers most of the original models’ characteristics, from the bolt- on neck, vintage-style hardware and soapbar and split-coil pickups. While the body is inherited from the classic BB, the neck is positioned 5mm deeper into the body, creating a more rigid design that improves sound and attack. The BB424 features an alder body, maple/rosewood neck and rosewood fingerboard. It is available in Black, Vintage White, Red Metallic and Tobacco Brown Sunburst. Available as a four, five (£943) or six-string,


the Yamaha TRB basses use high-grade alder bodies with quilted maple tops, solid five-piece bolt-on maple necks and rosewood fingerboards. The range was introduced as a versatile six-string bass to accompany the rise of synthesizers at the end of the 1980s. The £228 2012 RBX170EW (pictured) now features an exotic wood top, providing a touch of high-end style to the popular RBX170 series. The RBX170EW maintains all the classic features of the series and now includes Mango figures on the body, top and headstock. Available in three finishes – Natural, Root Beer, and Tobacco Brown Sunburst.


Ernie Ball Music Man


The Classic StingRay 4 is equipped with an ash body with high gloss polyester finish, string-through-body chrome plated bridge with hardened steel bridge plate, a choice of birdseye or flame maple neck, maple or rosewood fingerboard, Schaller BM machine heads with tapered string posts, a chrome plated brass control cover, two-band active preamp, Volume Treble and Bass controls and a standard Music Man


humbucking pickup with Alnico magnets.


Fender


Launched at NAMM, the Fender Select Series Precision Bass has a two- colour Sunburst gloss-lacquer finish and flame maple top, a modern C- shaped quartersawn maple neck with Posiflex graphite support rods, smooth-playing compound radius flame maple fretboard, split-coil pickup, three-ply pickguard, High- Mass Vintage bridge and


Fender/Hipshot vintage-style tuners. The Select Jazz Bass (pictured) offers an Amber Burst gloss-lacquer finish, rear-headstock Fender Select medallion, two new single-coil Jazz Bass pickups and a three-ply pickguard. Both of the above models retail at £2,314.80. Also introduced in California was the Squier Mike Way Mustang Bass (£310.80). The short-scale model features a basswood body, maple neck, large-flake Silver Sparkle finish with black “racing stripes,” single humbucking pickup with black cover and a black headstock with the My Chemical Romance bassist’s signature on the back.


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Peavey


The Cirrus 4 BXP (£489) has a neck- through-body design and construction that, according to Peavey, “delivers unmatched tone, sustain and string clarity – more than any bass in its class.” With two custom VFL active pickups and a three-band active EQ, the Cirrus BXP basses also feature black hardware and a string-through-finger style bridge. Available in three different finishes – Bubinga Top Natural, Darkwood Top Natural and Quilt Top Tiger Eye.


The Peavey PXD Tragic (pictured)


and Void are four-string, neck- through-body bass guitars featuring an alder body, maple neck and ebony fretboard. A pair of Peavey VFL active pickups are included – the same proprietary electronics used on Peavey's acclaimed Cirrus and Millennium AC Series basses, which give players amazing tonal control through an active three- band EQ with +/- 10 dB boost and cut. Both models are available in matte black and retail at £408.


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