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  • Ibanez Announces TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Pedal

    Ibanez Announces TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Pedal

    Ibanez expanded their 9 Series effects pedals this year with the introduction of the TS9B Bass Tube Screamer. Based on Ibanez’s already popular guitar version, the company says the Bass Tube Screamer retains the former’s mid-range character while keeping the low-end intact. The pedal is also built for simplicity, with controls including Level, Drive, Bass,... »

  • Dunlop Announces MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal

    Dunlop Announces MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal

    NAMM 2011 saw the release of the newest addition to MXR’s Bass Innovations pedal line, the M87 Bass Compressor. Featuring a an 10-LED meter to indicate Gain Reduction, the stompbox has all the standard compressor controls, including Attack, Release, Ratio, Input, and Output. The new pedal also utilizes the company’s Constant Headroom Technology, which is... »

  • Mike Lull Unveils Tom Petersson Signature Bass

    Mike Lull Unveils Tom Petersson Signature Bass

    Mike Lull introduced a new Tom Petersson signature bass, the TPT4, at NAMM this year. The TPT4 is based on Lull’s T4, with some tweaking specified by the Cheap Trick bassist. One of the key differences is the pickup placement. The pickups, made by Lull, are both pushed up closer to the neck: a position... »

  • Hartke Announces Kilo Bass Amplifier

    Hartke Announces Kilo Bass Amplifier

    Hartke has released the Kilo Bass Amplifier, a new head unit that delivers 1,000 watts via bridged mono or 500 watts per side in stereo or dual mono. Housed in a 3U rackspace chassis, the amp features a tube preamp and variable Hartke Bass Attack Overdrive and Shape Control in addition to an onboard compressor.... »

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  • Tech 21 Releases Boost Chorus Bass Pedal

    Tech 21 Releases Boost Chorus Bass Pedal

    Tech 21 has unveiled a new two new Boost Chorus pedals, including a bass specific version. The new Boost Chorus Bass, which can be used to obtain slapback, echo, flanging, and doubling effects, was designed after ‘70s vintage choruses, to mimic their richness. To get a chorus sound without making “seasick tones,” Tech 21 added... »

  • Veillette Introduces the Concorde Semi-Hollow Bass

    Veillette Introduces the Concorde Semi-Hollow Bass

    Veillette Guitars has unveiled their new Concorde Semi-Hollow Bass, being the company’s “most acoustic” bass yet. Designed to mimic vintage and classic semi-hollowbody basses, the body is 14” wide and heavily chambered with dual soundholes and a radiused spruce top. The curved face gives the body more depth in the center while keeping the edges... »

  • Gear Watch: Von Saint Guitar Grips

    Gear Watch: Von Saint Guitar Grips

    While making the rounds at NAMM, we came upon the Von Saint booth, where the company was displaying its innovative bass guitar grips. The concept is that bass stands are awkward and take up floor space, which is important, especially on stage. The Crewsader Grip, Rogue Grip, and Renegade Grips are designed to hook onto... »

  • Peterson Releases StroboStomp Classic

    Peterson Releases StroboStomp Classic

    For NAMM 2011, Peterson released the StroboStomp Classic, a retro stomp box tuner modeled after their Conn ST-11 Strobotuner from the ‘70s. The new pedal boasts .1 cent note detection and the company’s “Sweetened Tunings,” which are presets for specific instruments. A USB input allows for you to drop in your own presets and update... »

  • Ibanez Releases New SR Premium Series Basses

    Ibanez Releases New SR Premium Series Basses

    Ibanez has unveiled a new take on their SR series with four new models. The SR Premium basses are built at Ibanez’s premium factory and all feature USA Nordstrand “Big Single” pickups, a first for any of the company’s basses. Each model also includes their EQB-IIISC 3-band EQ that has a Mid frequency switch and... »

  • Ernie Ball Announces Game Changer Pickup Switching System

    Ernie Ball Announces Game Changer Pickup Switching System

    Ernie Ball/Music Man has unveiled a new patent-pending pickup switching system called the Game Changer that will be available on their Reflex HH bass. By choosing the coils in any order, whether they are in series or parallel, and whether they are in or out of phase, the system allows for 250,000 pickup combinations without... »