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  • Gear Watch: FEA Labs Dual Distortion Pedal

    Gear Watch: FEA Labs Dual Distortion Pedal

    FEA Labs has announced their latest creation, the FEA Dual Band Distortion pedal, which utilizes a variable crossover, two distortions, an overdrive, and a final mixer all in one package. First, the variable crossover to split your bass signal into two frequency bands: high and low. From there, the low frequency band is sent to... »

  • Gear Watch: Tascam GB-10 Trainer/Recorder

    Gear Watch: Tascam GB-10 Trainer/Recorder

    Tascam has updated their trainer series again with the unveiling of the new GB-10 Trainer/Recorder. The practice station allows you to load MP3s onto the 2GB SD card and then manipulate the track to suit your needs by looping, slowing down, and pitch shifting. The 1/4” input accepts both bass and guitar, and onboard effects... »

  • Gear Watch: EBS Fafner II

    Gear Watch: EBS Fafner II

    EBS Sweden is now shipping the sequel to their Fafner bass amp, appropriately named the Fafner II. Featuring a two-channel preamp, the amp allows you to switch between them or blend both channels together to widen your tonal possibilities. A footswitch (EBM RM-4) allows you to quickly switch between them, as well as control bypass... »

  • Gear Watch: Boss PS-6 Harmonist

    Gear Watch: Boss PS-6 Harmonist

    Boss has announced the newest Harmonist pedal – the PS-6 – a compact pedal featuring pitch shifting effects and three-voice harmony. The new Harmonist has four effect modes, including Harmony, Pitch Shifter, Detune, and the new Super-Bend, which creates three- and four-octave pitch sweeps and pedal-bending effects. Super-Bend is controlled through the Shift, Rise Time,... »

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  • Gear Watch: Guardian Vintage Hardshell Case

    Gear Watch: Guardian Vintage Hardshell Case

    Guardian has introduced their new Vintage Hardshell line, available for basses as well as guitars. The case is made with a 7-ply, cross-grained wood construction, covered with black tolex with a leather handle for comfort. The interior features emerald crushed velvet interior with multiple thicknesses of padding for safety and fit. The Guardian Vintage Hardshell... »

  • Gear Watch: Aguilar AG 5J-60 Pickup Set

    Gear Watch: Aguilar AG 5J-60 Pickup Set

    Aguilar Amplification has unveiled their newest pickup set: the AG 5J-60. The pickups are made to bring the tone of a 60’s era Fender Jazz to modern 5-string basses using all period correct components, including Heavy Formvar wire and Anico V magnets. The AG 5J-60 set is made to be a direct replacement in the... »

  • Gear Review: Pigtronix EP2 Envelope Phaser

    Gear Review: Pigtronix EP2 Envelope Phaser

    The EP2 Envelope Phaser is a rework of the Pigtronix’s flagship EP1, which they released six years ago. Though similar in concept, the new model really expands on its sonic capabilities and controls. The pedal, which features true bypass, is a phase shifter that is controlled by an Envelope (EF) or a LFO, giving you... »

  • Gear Watch: Music Man Roasted Maple Necks

    Gear Watch: Music Man Roasted Maple Necks

    Music Man is now offering roasted maple necks as an option for their instruments. Besides looking great, the thermally treated necks have other benefits, including resistance to temperature and warping, increased resonance, and clearer tone. The heating process also gives a microstructure similar to naturally aged woods with lower moisture content. The new roasted maple... »

  • Gear Watch: A Closer Look at the Ibanez Ashula Fretted/Fretless Hybrid

    Gear Watch: A Closer Look at the Ibanez Ashula Fretted/Fretless Hybrid

    The concept of a hybrid fretted/fretless bass has been attempted before, and Ibanez might just have the best version yet with their Ashula model. The six-string fretted/fretless hybrid bass offers this unique configuration: four fretted bass strings and two fretless. This offers a more fluid approach to playing than other hybrids, where the fretless option... »

  • Gear Watch: SoloEtte Little Thumper Nylon Travel Bass

    Gear Watch: SoloEtte Little Thumper Nylon Travel Bass

    SoloEtte has released the Little Thumper Nylon Travel Bass, a new portable sidekick bass that weighs only 3.5 lbs. Featuring thick Nylon strings, the Little Thumper is constructed of a single piece of Hard Rock Maple with an aluminum rod frame that can be disassembled to fit into a compact soft case. Polyurethane tubing covers... »