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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... »

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  • 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,... »

  • Gear Watch: LeCompte Chewy Linton Signature Bass

    Gear Watch: LeCompte Chewy Linton Signature Bass

    LeCompte Basses has introduced their first signature model bass, the “Chewy Linton.” Chewy Linton is the bassist for the Austin, Texas-based band, Ember, who released their major label debut earlier this year. Linton describes the bass as somewhat of a mix of a Spector NS and the Warwick Thumb, explaining there were features of each... »

  • Gear Watch: M Basses Mj-4 and Mj-5

    Gear Watch: M Basses Mj-4 and Mj-5

    M Basses has officially released their Mj-4 and Mj-5 models, which are 4 and 5-string versions of a “vintage-inspired” bass with customizable features. The M bass body comes standard with a choice of either a swamp ash or alder body, maple neck and an Indian rosewood fingerboard. The Mj-4 carries 20 frets while the 5-string... »

  • Gear Watch: Carl Martin Pro Power

    Gear Watch: Carl Martin Pro Power

    Carl Martin has released their Pro Power power supply, designed for versatile power distribution for pedals. Starting with an input that is switchable between 110V and 230V for international adaptability, the power is split into 8 individual isolated and regulated outputs. Output levels can then be set to 9V at 150mA or 12V at 110mA,... »

  • Gear Watch: Plush Jersey Thunder Pedal Sneak Preview

    Gear Watch: Plush Jersey Thunder Pedal Sneak Preview

    Fuchs Audio has announced a new pedal is joining their Plush FX line. The Jersey Thunder is a gain boost and EQ pedal, designed for bass. The pedal features just two knobs: a gain control and a variable EQ control. A three-position switch provides a straight gain boost and two unique bass EQ curves, which... »