Bass Gear: The Latest Basses, Amps, Effects & More
Lightning Boy Audio has introduced the DiVision, a limited edition vacuum tube direct box featuring a 6DS4 nuvistor vacuum tube running at 230V. The company says using the minuscule tube lets you get a big tube tone and headroom in a little box.
Geo Kitta of Gildaxe creates unique basses by way of custom art finishes. He also utilizes separate instrument pieces to create interesting hybrid instruments, including this bass he calls the Devil Magnum.
Flower Pedals has released the Castilleja Phaser pedal. The four-stage analog optical phaser has digital controls for the best of both worlds. It has two different voicings: one similar to a Phase 90 and one similar to a Univibe.
AccuGroove has announced the first major remodel in over 19 years for their Tri 112+ and Wedgie+ bass cabinets. The FRFR (Full Range Flat Response) cabs have even more power and clarity, the company says.
Alusonic Aluminum Instruments has introduced a new bass model called the PentaFleX 5-string bass special edition, made in collaboration with Alberto Rigoni.
Tech 21’s Bass Fly Rig is being updated for 2021 with version 2. The multi-effects floor unit has a built-in 3-band EQ, chorus, octaver, fuzz, compression, and – of course – the company’s SansAmp preamp sounds.
Jens Ritter’s basses always blow me away, and this R8 Acoustic model is no different. The four-string bass is crafted from solid red cedar with a maple neck and ebony fingerboard, which is adorned with oval ring inlays.
Mile End Effects has unveiled the DTYCEYP, aka the Don’t Think You Can Escape Your Purpose, fuzz/preamp pedal. The unit is an homage to the Univox Super Fuzz of the 1970s, which was used on Yoo Doo Right’s first LP of the same name.
Matthews Effects has announced a new MIDI controller pedal called The Futurist, which they call a better way of experiencing MIDI. The compact unit features just four switches, though it’s built for flexibility.
Glou-Glou FX has unveiled the Loupé, a creative stereo looper and delay pedal. The unit, which is the company’s first digital creation, is described as “flexible, musical, and interactive.”
Ernie Ball Music Man has proven it gets funkier by adding to the Joe Dart Signature Bass collection. First is the original Joe Dart bass in an all-new black velvet finish to complement the original natural velvet. Second is the Joe Dart Jr.
Gruv Gear’s FretWraps have a new option with the Bubby Lewis Signature “Otaku” model. They come in four sizes to accommodate different instruments.