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  • 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... »

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  • 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... »

  • Gear Watch: Nordstrand Releases NM4 Mustang Bass Replacement Pickup

    Gear Watch: Nordstrand Releases NM4 Mustang Bass Replacement Pickup

    Nordstrand Pickups has released the NM4, a replacement pickup for the Fender Mustang Bass. The pickup is a direct replacement size for the original and utilizes Nordstrand’s angled pole piece technology. The company claims that this “tiny pickup” is designed to produce a fat full tone from a Mustang, which is a short scale bass.... »

  • Gear Watch: Pigtronix Keymaster Impedance Matching Effects DI

    Gear Watch: Pigtronix Keymaster Impedance Matching Effects DI

    Originally introduced at Summer NAMM, Pigtronix has officially introduced a new impedance matching, effects mixing direct box. The Keymaster is designed to route any sound source, including XLR mic, line level or instruments into effects via two bypass loops. The device optimizes the mixed effects signal of the amplifier, mixing console or DAW. The loops... »

  • Gear Watch: Overton’s New Bass Amp Series Preview

    Gear Watch: Overton’s New Bass Amp Series Preview

    Overton Amps will be making their debut at the 2011 NAMM Show, with the introduction of their new product line of bass amplifiers. Included in the line is company’s new Featherweight bass amp series, OB series bass cabinets and Tremor compact bass combos. Housed in red anodized, single rackspace head units, the Featherweight series features... »