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  • Gear Watch: The Uni-Stand

    Bassist Reginald Means has created a product to help alleviate amp-tilting woes: the uni-stand. Means wanted to develop a device to let bassists easily position their amplifiers to best monitor their sound. He is a machine tool technology instructor and brought his vision to life. After years of prototyping it is now available. “I got... »

  • Gear Watch: Pigtronix EP2 Envelope Phaser

    Pigtronix has introduced their latest analog effects pedal: the EP2 Envelope Phaser. The EP2 is a redesign of the company’s original Envelope Phaser, but still features the option of both envelope and LFO modulation. Among the new features is a “Staccato” function which accommodates tight funk bass by “listening” to your playing and discharging the... »

  • Gear Watch: Eastwood Left-Handed Airline Map Bass

    Eastwood Guitars has introduced the Left-Handed Airline Map Bass, which is now shipping. The bass, which is available in sea foam green or black, is a throwback to the 1962 National Newport. The Airline Map features a tone-chambered mahogany body with a bolt-on, bound maple neck. The fingerboard is rosewood with block-markers. The pickups on... »

  • Gear Watch: DMB Bumble Bass Overdrive

    DMB Pedals is releasing The Bumble, a new bass overdrive pedal to their line. The pedal will be available on June 15th. The Bumble’s clipping section is designed specifically for bass frequencies and uses DMB’s “Class A” mixer technology for tone control. The Bumble is true bypass and runs from a standard 9v power supply... »

  • Gear Watch: Roland R-05 Wave/MP3 Recorder

    Roland has announced that their new R-05 Wave/MP3 Recorder is now shipping. The pocket recorder boasts clear audio quality, tons of features, and a battery that lasts over 16 hours of continuous recording time. It records directly to SD cards with a maximum of 24-bit/96kHz resolution with its built-in stereo microphone, or you can plug... »

  • Gear Watch: Heads Up Strap

    Designer Joe Naylor has introduced the “Heads Up Strap”, a new guitar/bass strap made to keep heavy instrument necks from sinking down into an unplayable position, even with hands off. It works by adding three lead weights in a Velcro pocket to the body end of the strap. The weight is adjustable simply by adding... »

  • Gear Watch: FEA Labs Opti-FET Compressor Pedal

    FEA Labs has unveiled the newest pedal in their product line: the Opti-FET Compressor. The pedal uses a combination of optical elements for compression as well as 100% “class A” FET-discrete amplification for the signal path. The Opti-FET has a side-chain control circuit with a 3-band equalizer and a loop to give you tons of... »

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  • Gear Watch: Aguilar AGRO Bass Overdrive Pedal

    Gear Watch: Aguilar AGRO Bass Overdrive Pedal

    Aguilar Amplification is announcing a new addition to their new line of effects, the AGRO bass overdrive pedal. The AGRO is based on the saturation channel of Aguilar’s AG 500 bass head to bring warm, tube-like overdrive to full distortion. The pedal consists of a 4-knob layout, allowing control over saturation, contour, presence and output... »

  • Gear Watch: Pro Tone Pedals Blasko Bass Overdrive Pedal

    Pro Tone Pedals has teamed up with metal bassist Blasko to produce the Blasko Bass Overdrive Pedal. The pedal is designed to be tonally versatile, which is “something Blasko needs as he rips through rock anthems as well as ballads onstage with Ozzy Osbourne.” The Blasko pedal, which is hand made in the USA, has... »

  • Gear Watch: Morley Mini Wah and Mini Volume Pedals

    In response to complaints about the amount of space wah and volume pedals take up on pedalboards, Morley has released new, smaller scale versions of their respective effects boxes. The Morley Mini Wah and Volume pedals measure 6.75” in length, 4.5” wide and 2.75” in height. The Morley Mini Wah features an On/Off switch and... »