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  • Ernie Ball Announces Game Changer Pickup Switching System

    Ernie Ball Announces Game Changer Pickup Switching System

    Ernie Ball/Music Man has unveiled a new patent-pending pickup switching system called the Game Changer that will be available on their Reflex HH bass. By choosing the coils in any order, whether they are in series or parallel, and whether they are in or out of phase, the system allows for 250,000 pickup combinations without... »

  • Genz-Benz Unveils New Amps at NAMM 2011

    Genz-Benz Unveils New Amps at NAMM 2011

    Genz-Benz unveiled three new amps at the NAMM show, including two in the new Streamliner series and an update to the ShuttleMax line. Sporting a retro look and feel, the Streamliner 900 and 600 amps have straight-ahead controls, allowing players to “focus more on their playing and less on adjusting knobs.” The models feature Class... »

  • Gear Watch: Fender Releases American Special Basses and Mark Hoppus Update

    Gear Watch: Fender Releases American Special Basses and Mark Hoppus Update

    Fender has rolled out a few new bass products this year, including the introduction of their bass models into the American Special series and an update to the Mark Hoppus Signature Jazz Bass. The American Special Precision and Jazz basses are built in the U.S. and feature a slim neck profile, high-gloss finish, and the... »

  • Gear Watch: F-Bass Alain Caron Classic Bass

    Gear Watch: F-Bass Alain Caron Classic Bass

    F-Bass has released a new Alain Caron signature model, dubbed the AC-Classic. Built to attain an “upright” tone from an electric bass, the instrument features a redwood top, additional chambering, and a floating bridge. Another new development for the series is a natural sounding RMC piezo pickup system that is controlled by master volume, bass... »

  • Gear Watch: Ampeg Heritage B-15

    Gear Watch: Ampeg Heritage B-15

    Among a slew of new gear Ampeg released at NAMM this year is the Heritage B-15, a combo that pays homage to former Ampeg VP Jess Oliver’s original flip-top design. Limited to 50 units, the B-15 is hand-built and hand-wired in the U.S. by George Metropolous and his team at Metroamps. The classic design includes... »

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  • Gear Watch: Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX Pedal

    Gear Watch: Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX Pedal

    Fishman unveiled their new Fission Bass effects pedal at NAMM; a box that adds harmonies to your bass lines, including octave up, 4th and octave up, octave and 5th up, and an octave, 5th, and second octave up combined. The stompbox utilizes 32-bit signal processing and 24-bit audio conversion. Harmonies selected are visually displayed via... »

  • Gear Watch: BOSS RC-3 and RC-30 Loop Stations

    Gear Watch: BOSS RC-3 and RC-30 Loop Stations

    To celebrate 10 years since the release of their Loop Station, BOSS has unveiled the RC-3 and RC-30 loopers, each featuring three hours of stereo looping, 99 on-board memory locations, and USB 2.0 connectivity for importing and exporting audio to your computer. A step up from previous loop stations, the new models have multiple inputs,... »

  • Gear Watch: Aguilar SL 410 Cabinet

    Gear Watch: Aguilar SL 410 Cabinet

    Aguilar Amplification has unveiled their second super light bass cab, the SL 410, designed as a blend of “modern technology with a classic vibe.” Weighing in at 69 pounds, the SL 410 features 4 custom-voiced 10” woofers with 11 oz. Neodymium magnets and a phenolic tweeter with a variable level control. The cab is rated... »

  • Gruv Gear FretWraps and V-Cart Solo Lite

    Gruv Gear FretWraps and V-Cart Solo Lite

    The guys from Gruv Gear were showing off a few new products at their NAMM booth this year, including the new FretWraps and V-Cart Solo Lite. Designed with bass in mind, the Gruv Gear FretWraps are a string-muting accessory made to replace the hair ties that most bassists keep above the nut. Available in three... »

  • Gear Watch: Roland CUBE-XL Bass Combo Amplifiers

    Gear Watch: Roland CUBE-XL Bass Combo Amplifiers

    Roland has expanded their line of Cube Bass combo amps with three new models: the 120XL, 60XL, and 20XL. Delivering 120, 60, and 20 watts respectively, the amps are built for portability. The 120XL and 60XL have more in common than the 20XL, as they share dual custom-designed Air Flow Ports, eight COSM amp models,... »