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This time of year can be rather stressful for a variety of reasons, especially when it comes to getting gifts for people. (I have plenty of loved ones with extravagant tastes...dammit.) For musicians, gifts are always appreciated, but it is sometimes difficult to find the right one—especially if that musician happens to be an overly particular bass player.
We’re here to help you find the right gear for the bassist in your life, including options at multiple price points depending on your budget.
If the recipient is like me—the bassist who loves to play loudly at 3 a.m. after a night out—your neighbors will be ecstatic about the VOX Amplug G2. This device plugs right into the bass, allows a bassist to plug in headphones and lets the player rehearse silently. It also has an auxiliary input so you can connect to any media device (with a headphone out) and play along to your favorite tunes!
Honorable Mention: La Bella Deep Talkin' Flatwound Strings 43-104 ($39)
A good leather strap is timelessly cool. Most bassists will gripe that most of them are too stiff and not wide enough. This is definitely not the case with the Lakota Leather straps, specifically the 3-inch series.
Honorable Mention: Blackstar Fly 3 Battery Powered Bass Amp ($69.99)
A nice gig bag can go a long way as they make gigging much more convenient. The benefits of Reunion Blues Continental gig bags is that they have a highly protective laminate shell and a plethora of padding to keep even the fanciest of basses safe! Reunion Blues even has a video out there of them throwing these bags off a three story building to shop how protective they are (NOTE: hard to watch, but stick with it! Also, DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!!!)
Honorable Mention: Ibanez TMB300 Talman ($299.99)
Marco Bass Guitars Relic JB4 Black W/ New Pickups ($1499)
A handmade bass for under $1500? YES, PLEASE!!! This one is versatile, comfortable, and just plain cool. A splendid choice to add to the arsenal!
Honorable Mention: Form Factor BI1000 1000w Bass Head ($1299)
I’ve been a good boy this year, I promise! ;-)
As I mentioned in the video for this one, this bass has “Funk Machine” written all over it! This is the P-Bass to end all P-Basses. Check out the video below. If I could only choose one more bass for the rest of my life, this would be it.
Honorable Mention: Roscoe SKB Signature 5-String Exhibition Grade Koa Top ($6600)
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