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  • Elixir Revamps Bass Strings

    Elixir Revamps Bass Strings

    After getting feedback from over a thousand bass players, Elixir Strings has announced they’ve revamped their Nanoweb coated bass strings. “We recently decided to broaden our range in both Nickel Plated and Stainless Steel Strings,” says application engineer Justin Fogelman. “New and refined gauges and single strings give bassists a tool to find what really... »

  • Ernie Ball Introduces Slinky Flatwound Bass Strings

    Ernie Ball Introduces Slinky Flatwound Bass Strings

    Ernie Ball is fusing the elements of two types of strings with their new Slinky Flatwound Electric Bass Guitar Strings. Developed with the company’s patented cobalt steel alloy, the strings are described as having the sound of round wound strings with the smooth feel of traditional flatwound strings. The strings are constructed with a cobalt... »

  • Levy’s Leathers Announces MGJ2 Straps

    Levy’s Leathers Announces MGJ2 Straps

    Levy’s Leathers has introduced the MGJ2 Strap Series, featuring nine textured jacquards. Each of the nine models is lined with a tucked edge leather backing and tri-glide adjustment. The straps are two inches wide and adjustable up to 56 inches in length. An XL version adds an extra 12 inches to the overall length. They... »

  • Perri’s Leathers Limited Announces The Beatles Licensed Gear

    Perri’s Leathers Limited Announces The Beatles Licensed Gear

    Perri’s Leathers Limited has launched a new line of straps, gig bags and picks honoring The Beatles. The series includes eighteen strap designs with themes from the band’s whole career including Yellow Submarine, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road, and Revolver. The lineup includes a polyester webbing strap design and a leather effect... »

  • DR Strings Introduces Pure Blues Bass Strings

    DR Strings Introduces Pure Blues Bass Strings

    DR Strings has introduced a new set of bass strings called Pure Blues. The strings utilize a Quantum-Nickel wrap, which the company describes as combining the best characteristics of steel with a nickel feel. “Pure Blues bass strings combine a fat, warm punch with an edge especially designed for the modern bassist,” DR writes. “Pure... »

  • Dunlop Debuts Marcus Miller Super Bright Strings

    Dunlop Debuts Marcus Miller Super Bright Strings

    Dunlop’s booth at this year’s NAMM Show was buzzing with the announcement Marcus Miller had joined forces with them to create a signature line of strings. “Starting with our new Super Bright formula, we worked closely with him to develop strings that perfectly complement his sound—crisp and cutting with a big fundamental and powerful low... »

  • Gruv Gear Introduces SoloStrap Neo at NAMM

    Gruv Gear Introduces SoloStrap Neo at NAMM

    Gruv Gear introduced the SoloStrap Neo 4.0 and 2.5 at NAMM this year. The new straps are a more economical version of their existing straps and comes in a four-inch wide version to accommodate bassists. “We had our DuoStrap Signature and then made the Duostrap Neo as an affordable version of it,” Gruv Gear’s Jay... »

  • Alter Ego Tunable Tailpiece for Double Bass

    Alter Ego Tunable Tailpiece for Double Bass

    Italian string instrument maker Alter Ego has introduced a tunable tailpiece for the double bass. Rather than tuning the strings themselves, the tailpiece allows for tuning the afterlength portion of each string. “There are many valid theories on how to tune the afterlength portion of the strings, but we believe there is no ideal formula... »

  • IK Multimedia Introduces iRig 2 Mobile Interface for iOS and Android

    IK Multimedia Introduces iRig 2 Mobile Interface for iOS and Android

    IK Multimedia has revamped their popular mobile instrument interface with the iRig 2. The new version adds several new features including a versatile gain control, a 1/4-inch amplifier output, and Android compatibility. The iRig 2 has a 1/4-inch input that can handle guitar, bass or other line level instruments. Its variable gain thumbwheel lets you... »

  • Xotic Effects Introduces Xotic Voltage Doubler

    Xotic Effects Introduces Xotic Voltage Doubler

    Xotic Effects has unveiled the Xotic Voltage Doubler, a power adapter that steps up voltage output to either 15 or 18 volts from a standard 9-volt power source. The compact device has a simple input and output with a switch to toggle between 15 or 18-volt output. The device, which is designed only for Xotic... »