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  • 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... »

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  • 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... »

  • 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... »

  • Gear Watch: Warwick Just-a-Nut III Brass

    Warwick has released the Just-A-Nut III Brass model to their line of bass hardware. It’s a nut which builds on the Just-A-Nut series by using high quality bell brass to improve stability and minimize long-term wear. As with the others in the line, the Brass model allows for precise adjustments to the nut’s height. The... »

  • Gear Watch: Amptweaker TightDrive Bass Overdrive Pedal

    When Amptweaker introduced the guitar version of the TightDrive overdrive pedal at January NAMM 2010, a lot of bassists asked if it would work for them too. Bassist Greg Weeks (The Red Chord) gave the guitar version a test drive, and after a few tweaks to the range of the Tone and Tight controls, the... »

  • Gear Watch: IK Amplitube iRig

    IK Multimedia has announced the release of their newest and most portable product yet: The Amplitube iRig system for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. The system, which simulates amps and effects for both guitar and bass, consists of an instrument interface that connects your bass to your mobile device and the Amplitube for iPhone software. Then you simply... »

  • Gear Watch: Epiphone Zenith Bass

    Gear Watch: Epiphone Zenith Bass

    Epiphone has released the new Zenith bass, an instrument that pays homage to the jazz guitar tradition. Available as fretted or “lined” fretless, the key to this bass is its unique NanoFlex and NanoMag pickup combination. Designed by Shadow Germany, the NanoFlex is fit underneath the saddle to sense the vibrations of the strings as... »

  • Gear Watch: Gruv Gear V-Cart Solo

    Tired of hauling your rig over several trips from your car? Gruv Gear has introduced their new V-Cart Solo, a versatile cart designed for transporting heavy gear and equipment while staying ergonomic and maneuverable. Featuring a multi-position handle and sliding support arm, the V-Cart solo morphs into 3 configurations to fit your transportation needs. The... »