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Tech 21 Introduces the Q/Strip
Pedals & Effects

Tech 21 Introduces the Q/Strip

Tech 21 unveiled the Q/Strip as part of their display at the 2017 NAMM Show. Developed in a DI format, the device acts as a preamp and direct box with the features of a recording console strip from the ’60s and ’70s. The Q/Strip features all-analog MOSFET circuitry, which gives “warmth, girth, and larger-than-life tones for which vintage consoles are...

Pigtronix Introduces the Disnortion Micro Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Pigtronix Introduces the Disnortion Micro Pedal

Pigtronix has announced a micro version of their popular Disnortion pedal, which features all of the 18-volt headroom of the original analog Fuzz and Overdrive circuits into a smaller unit that runs on 9 volts. It also has a couple upgrades. “This new Micro version of the Disnortion hugely one-ups the original’s broad palette of touch-responsive dirt sounds by including...

Ibanez Introduces the Ashula SRAS7 Hybrid Fretted/Fretless Bass
Basses

Ibanez Introduces the Ashula SRAS7 Hybrid Fretted/Fretless Bass

Ibanez shocked many bassists again this year by introducing a new Ashula bass. The SRAS7 is a seven-string model that has a unique hybrid fretted/fretless design with three strings over a fretless purpleheart fingerboard and four strings over a fretted rosewood fretboard. The fretted portion is tuned to a standard E-A-D-G, while the fretless section is tuned A-D-G. Each section...

Spector Celebrates 40 Years with Euro4LE 1977 Limited Edition Bass
Basses

Spector Celebrates 40 Years with Euro4LE 1977 Limited Edition Bass

Spector is celebrating 40 years of bass building with the Euro4LE 1977 Limited Edition bass. Based on the company’s original bass from 1977, it’s built with neck-through construction with a fully carved body with solid American walnut body wings and a 3-piece maple neck. Spector went so far as to measure the dot inlays that adorn the 24-fret rosewood fingerboard...

Digitech Announces FreqOut Feedback Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Digitech Announces FreqOut Feedback Pedal

Digitech has unveiled the FreqOut, a pedal for bass and guitar that creates controlled feedback. The stompbox uses pitch-detection technology to identify the harmonic content of notes and chords then makes those frequencies feedback in a musical way with several settings. “Roaring feedback from an amp can add intensity and musicality to a live performance when used correctly,” Digitech’s Tom...

Wing Instruments Introduces Two New Models
Basses

Wing Instruments Introduces Two New Models

Wing Instruments expanded their product lineup at the NAMM show this year with the Wing Bass NT and Wing Bass 30. The company describes the new models as representing an evolution in their philosophy that “life is short scale.” Similar to the original Wing Bass, the NT measures up at just 21 inches and plays like the top range of...

Darkglass Electronics Introduces the Alpha Omega Distortion Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Darkglass Electronics Introduces the Alpha Omega Distortion Pedal

Darkglass Electronics wowed NAMM attendees this year with a brand new pedal called the Alpha Omega. Co-designed with Karnivool’s Jon Stockman, the stompbox is a departure from their previous circuits and preamplifiers. “[The Alpha Omega] is fully operational amplifier based and has two distinct distortion circuits (Alpha and Omega) which can be selected or blended using our Mod knob,” Darkglass...

Ashdown Reveals Origin Bass Head and Tube Preamp/DI
Amps

Ashdown Reveals Origin Bass Head and Tube Preamp/DI

Ashdown debuted the Origin series at NAMM this year, including a 300-watt bass amplifier and a tube preamp and DI pedal. Both units are designed to be “lightweight, portable and stripped back” for a strong yet streamlined bass signal. The Origin amp starts with an active/passive input switch and effects loop. It has a five-band EQ section with Bass, Lo-Mid,...

Sadowsky Introduces Compact SBP-2 Preamp Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Sadowsky Introduces Compact SBP-2 Preamp Pedal

Sadowsky Guitars has released a compact version of their preamp pedal called the SBP-2. The new outboard preamp has the same circuitry that the company fits into their basses but in a slimmed down design. “[The SBP-2 is] perfect for crammed pedalboards as well as vintage basses where onboard preamp installation would affect resale value,” Sadowsky writes. “It works with...

J Ferro Basses Introduces Kilian Duarte KD-5ES Bass
Basses

J Ferro Basses Introduces Kilian Duarte KD-5ES Bass

J Ferro Basses was showing their full lineup at the NAMM Show this year including the brand new Kilian Duarte KD-5ES bass. Based on their Escalon model, it features a mahogany body with a solid flame maple top, a five-piece maple and mahogany neck, and a maple fingerboard with black pearl inlays. Electronics include custom wound J Ferro pickups matched...