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  • Gear Watch: DDyna Music BASS10 Compressor Pedal

    Gear Watch: DDyna Music BASS10 Compressor Pedal

    DDyna Music has announced the release of the BASS10 Compressor pedal. It’s the first in their new “GainShaper Series” of effects pedals, and features 4 Bandpass Filters for dialing entire bands of frequencies in or out. The EQ drives a Relaxed Squeeze Compressor with an auto-return to 0dB, giving a musically soothing response. It also... »

  • Gear Watch: AweSome B-35 Bass Guitar

    Gear Watch: AweSome B-35 Bass Guitar

    AweSome Musical Instruments has unveiled their line of B-35 bass guitars. Available as a 4 or 5-string, the bass features three J-style pickups with six switches as part of their TW-35 Patented Pickup Switching System. After a little math, it adds up to 35 different pickup tones. The passive pickups are switched between on and... »

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  • Ernie Ball Debuts Music Man Reflex Bass

    Ernie Ball Debuts Music Man Reflex Bass

    Ernie Ball has released the Music Man Reflex, which they were showing off at their booth during this summer’s NAMM show in Nashville. The bass is an evolution of the 25th Anniversary Bass, and features multiple pickup options. Choose from a standard single humbucker, dual humbuckers, or a humbucker plus two single-coils to suit your... »

  • Gear Watch: Aguilar Amplification Announces Filter Twin

    Gear Watch: Aguilar Amplification Announces Filter Twin

    Aguilar Amplification is introducing a new dual envelop filter to their line of pedals. The Filter Twin uses two identical filters sweeping in opposite directions, one up and one down to deliver 70’s-inspired funk sounds as well as new filter tones. The Filter Twin uses a four-knob layout, including blend, threshold, velocity (up and down).... »

  • Gear Watch: Boulder Creek Koa Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Gear Watch: Boulder Creek Koa Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Boulder Creek’s display at NAMM this summer featured a nice array of acoustic bass guitars, including their new Koa model. One of the unique things about these basses, as well as their other basses, is the Boulder Creek Suspended Bracing System. The system utilizes tone bars with a brace instead of traditional bracing to support... »

  • Gear Watch: Innovation Strings at Summer NAMM

    Gear Watch: Innovation Strings at Summer NAMM

    Another stop on our Summer NAMM exhibit journey brought us to the Innovation Strings booth. Innovation makes handmade strings at their factory in Wales, and boast the use of non-metallic cores that hold pitch and are “virtually unaffected by climate changes.” Their different string sets are made with specific genres in mind, ranging from classical... »

  • Gear Watch: Better Audio Technologies at Summer NAMM 2010

    Gear Watch: Better Audio Technologies at Summer NAMM 2010

    During our Summer NAMM adventure, we stopped in at the Better Audio Technologies booth to check out their new custom SMB-series of bass cabinets. The cabinets, which are available in a variety of finishes, utilize innovative 6″ long-throw woofers that give a –3dB cutoff frequency of 37Hz for great low-end extension. That’s lower than many... »

  • Gear Watch: Orange Shows Off Terror Bass Amps at Summer NAMM

    Gear Watch: Orange Shows Off Terror Bass Amps at Summer NAMM

    After recently naming Geddy Lee as an endorsing artist, Orange Amps was proudly showing off their newest bass goodies at Summer NAMM. Orange expanded their Tiny Terror line to the low end, with the Terror Bass 500 and 1000. A compact head weighing in at 5kg (11.02 lbs), the Terror bass is a hybrid amp... »

  • Gear Review: TC Electronic BG500

    Gear Review: TC Electronic BG500

    “Small. Under-powered. Lackluster tone.” These words come to mind when one thinks of a bass combo amp. We’re pre-programmed to assume this as most combo amps are all those things because most combos are beginner amps. TC Electronics’ has set-out to destroy the old combo amp negative connotations with its new BG500. The BG 500... »

  • Gear Watch: The Vee Strap

    Gear Watch: The Vee Strap

    The new Vee Strap is an innovative solution to the problem of finding the right way to hold a heavy or uncomfortable bass. It features a dual-shoulder strap design that evenly distributes weight and stabilizes your instrument. Essentially, it is two straps built into one, coming together in a “V” on your back and buttoning... »