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  • Effects: Straight In or Through the Loop?

    Effects: Straight In or Through the Loop?

    Q: Is it ok to plug my bass directly into my chain of effects pedals and out to my amp, or is it better to run the pedals through the effects loop, and plug my bass straight into my amp? A: I seem to be on a roll with the topics I have limited experience... »

  • Maintaining Your Tone Between Fingerstyle and Slap

    Maintaining Your Tone Between Fingerstyle and Slap

    Q: Most of the time, I play fingerstyle, but sometimes in the middle of some songs, I change to slap-style. In those situations, I find I just don’t have enough punch to come through. I don’t think that’s a matter of technique or strength. What do you suggest? Do I need a gearbox to augment... »

  • Ibanez Teams with Korg for the SR Kaoss Bass

    Ibanez Teams with Korg for the SR Kaoss Bass

    Here’s something different: Ibanez has teamed up with Korg to introduce the SRKP4 Bass. The 4-string model takes the company’s flagship SR model and equips it with a Korg Mini Kaoss Pad 2S, which has 100 effect programs that can be controlled real time with a touchpad interface. Those effects include a looper, vinyl break,... »

  • TC Electronic Releases Combined TonePrints

    TC Electronic Releases Combined TonePrints

    TC Electronic has added a new twist to their TonePrint technology with the introduction of Combined Toneprints for use in their BG250 and BH250 bass amps. Toneprint is a slot on the amp for onboard effects that can be changed via USB or smartphone app. The company is launching the new effects series with six... »

  • Radial Announces Bassbone OD Pedal

    Radial Announces Bassbone OD Pedal

    Radial Engineering has updated their ToneBone series of pedals with the Bassbone OD, a bass preamp with two input channels and a built-in overdrive. The new pedal builds on the original Bassbone with several new features in addition to the overdrive such as a mute footswitch and the option to keep the effects loop active... »

  • Source Audio Introduces the Soundblox 2 Manta Bass Filter

    Source Audio Introduces the Soundblox 2 Manta Bass Filter

    Source Audio debuted the latest in their line of bass envelop filters at the NAMM show this year with the announcement of the Soundblox 2 Manta Bass Filter. The Manta is the next generation, following the company’s Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter. The Manta offers 12 filter effects, plus a new edition for the Soundblox... »

  • Digitech Reintroduces Bass Whammy Pitch Shifting Pedal

    Digitech Reintroduces Bass Whammy Pitch Shifting Pedal

    Years after the original was discontinued, Digitech is reintroducing the Bass Whammy pedal. The updated pitch-shifting pedal is optimized for bass guitar tones and retains its classic settings while introducing new true bypass and MIDI operation. Digitech says the Bass Whammy is ideal for 4-, 5-, or 6-string basses and has very accurate pitch detection... »

  • 3Leaf Audio Announces You’re Doom Fuzz Pedal

    3Leaf Audio Announces You’re Doom Fuzz Pedal

    3Leaf Audio has introduced a new fuzz box called You’re Doom, which the company says is suited for all instruments. The pedal responds to playing dynamics to create vintage synth-inspired sounds. You’re Doom has a Shape switch to toggle between a lead sound and a broad mid scoop, while further tonal shaping can be done... »

  • Darkglass Electronics Announces Duality Dual Fuzz Engine

    Darkglass Electronics Announces Duality Dual Fuzz Engine

    Darkglass Electronics has unveiled the Duality, a fuzz pedal that offers up two separate fuzz circuits that can be used individually or blended for a wide variety of textures. The first side is a saw-tooth shape shifting circuit for an old school vibe while the second circuit is a 4-stage CMOS high gain distortion for... »

  • EBS Introduces FuzzMo Pedal

    EBS Introduces FuzzMo Pedal

    EBS has introduced the FuzzMo, a fuzz pedal for bass that fills the gap between their distortion pedals and vintage fuzz effects. In addition to Gain and Volume controls, the Fuzzmo has a Blend knob for mixing your clean tone with your dirty signal. The pedal’s Shape control changes the shape of the gain engine... »