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  • Gear Watch: Roland CUBE-XL Bass Combo Amplifiers

    Gear Watch: Roland CUBE-XL Bass Combo Amplifiers

    Roland has expanded their line of Cube Bass combo amps with three new models: the 120XL, 60XL, and 20XL. Delivering 120, 60, and 20 watts respectively, the amps are built for portability. The 120XL and 60XL have more in common than the 20XL, as they share dual custom-designed Air Flow Ports, eight COSM amp models,... »

  • Gear Watch: Basswitch IQ DI

    Gear Watch: Basswitch IQ DI

    Ruppert Musical Instruments has introduced the Basswitch IQ DI, a pedal that the company calls “the bass player’s Swiss knife”. Built in Germany, it serves as an A/B input switcher, a preamp, a clean booster, a parametric EQ, an FX loop switcher, and a D.I. box. The Basswitch has two inputs, which lead to channels... »

  • Gear Watch: Fodera Yin Yang Standard Bass

    Gear Watch: Fodera Yin Yang Standard Bass

    Fodera has introduced the new Yin Yang Standard bass, based on their Victor Wooten Yin Yang Deluxe. The company consulted Wooten on the creation, as he has “long wanted a Yin Yang that could be more widely available.” The bass utilizes all the same materials and specifications from their Brooklyn-made instrument with a lower price... »

  • Gear Watch: Gallien-Krueger Introduces New MB Series Amps for 2011

    Gear Watch: Gallien-Krueger Introduces New MB Series Amps for 2011

    Gallien-Krueger Amplification has expanded their MB series by adding a new more powerful head unit, a new combo, and powered enclosures to the line up. The MB800 is an 800-watt amp that weighs in at 4.9 pounds and features a discreet FET driven preamp and power amp. The unit includes a 10dB pad, tuning mute... »

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  • Gear Watch: TC Electronic Blacksmith Bass Amp

    Gear Watch: TC Electronic Blacksmith Bass Amp

    TC Electronic’s bass amp 2.0 line has just gotten a little bigger and a lot louder with the introduction of the Blacksmith. The amp shares many of the same features as its siblings, including an integrated chromatic tuner, four-band EQ, SpectraComp ‘per-string’ compression, TubeTone tube amp recreation, and TweeterTone high frequency control. Three user presets... »

  • Gear Watch: Ibanez Paul Gray Tribute Bass

    Gear Watch: Ibanez Paul Gray Tribute Bass

    Among a slew of new instruments, Ibanez has released a tribute bass to the late Slipknot bassist, Paul Gray. The new bass was designed in conjunction with Gray’s family and the Slipknot management. Proceeds from sales of the bass will go towards a special trust for Paul’s daughter and family. The PGB2T features a mahogany... »

  • Gear Watch: Dean Guitars’ John Entwistle Signature Series

    Gear Watch: Dean Guitars’ John Entwistle Signature Series

    Dean Guitars has unveiled two new John Entwistle signature basses at NAMM, named the Spider and the Hybrid. The Spider is a limited edition, where the Hybrid will be a standard model available in a USA model and one presumably built overseas. The John Entwistle Spider is an extremely limited run with only 25 produced... »

  • Gear Watch: Fender 60th Anniversary Precision Bass

    Gear Watch: Fender 60th Anniversary Precision Bass

    Believe it or not, 2011 marks 60 years since Fender introduced the Precision bass and revolutionized bass playing. (For a quick history lesson, check out this video.) To mark the occasion, Fender is producing a special limited edition 60th Anniversary Precision Bass. Built in the U.S., the Anniversary P-bass features an ash body, maple neck... »

  • Gear Watch: Wren and Cuff Phat Phuk B Bass Boost Pedal

    Gear Watch: Wren and Cuff Phat Phuk B Bass Boost Pedal

    Wren and Cuff has released the Phat Phuk B, a JFET/germanium single circuit hybrid booster pedal designed specifically for bass. The pedal is not designed to be “transparent,” the company explains, as the germanium transistor adds a little grit to your sound. The JFET transistor is placed at the input to keep things “impedance-friendly,” depending... »

  • Gear Watch: Aguilar Amplification Tone Hammer 500

    Gear Watch: Aguilar Amplification Tone Hammer 500

    Aguilar Amplification’s latest addition to the world of lightweight amplifiers is the Tone Hammer 500, a 500 watt bass amp weighing in at just four pounds. The amp utilizes the same preamp found in Aguilar’s Tone Hammer D.I./preamp pedal, with bass, treble and sweepable midrange controls. The Drive control uses the company’s proprietary AGS circuit,... »