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Gear Watch: TC Electronic BG500 Combo Amps

TC Electronic is introducing the new BG500 bass combos at the Frankfurt Musikmesse 2010, which runs from March 24th to the 27th. The 500-watt BG500 is available as a 1×15 or 2×10 combo, each equipped with a 1″ tweeter. The BG500 combos share many of the same features as the company’s RH450, including the SpectraComp multi-band compressor and TubeTone control...

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Gear Watch: Aguilar Announces New Line of Bass Pickups

Aguilar Amplification has just announced the first in their new line of bass pickups, the AG-4J pick up. The AG-4J is a single-coil pickup, modeled after a mid-60’s single coil Jazz bass pickup, built using Heavy Formvar wire and Alnico V magnets. Aguilar says they’ve developed a proprietary winding pattern to give these pickups string-to-string consistency, and to match their...

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Gear Watch: East UK P-Retro Active/Passive Preamp

The new P-Retro from East UK is a P-bass style active/passive preamp equalizer that is be installed without permanently modifying your bass. The P-Retro fits in easily, and uses screw terminals, so no soldering is necessary. Therefore, no physical modifications to your bass are required. The P-Retro features two stacked knobs with pull switches on each. The regular volume control...

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Gear Watch: Orange Updates Crush PiX Bass Amps and Adds New Combo

Orange has upgraded their Crush PiX line of bass amps, and the company will be displaying the new range of models and changes at Frankfurt Musikmesse next week. The Crush PiX is now available in an optional black finish in addition to Orange’s trademark bright orange colored amps and picture-frame cabinets. The line has also been extended to include the...

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Gear Watch: FEA Growler Pedal

FEA Labs has announced the FEA Growler pedal to their product line. The Growler is designed as an enhancement pedal that adds second harmonic warmth to add “growl and punch” to their tone. The pedal generates an analog harmonic octave tone to blend with your bass’s natural tone. The pedal features a dual-channel setup that allows you to switch between...

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Gear Watch: DR DDT Strings

DR Strings has announced a new line of strings called the DDT. Designed specifically for drop tuning, the strings feature specific technologies and heavier gauges to help maintain tuning consistency, even way down low. They also attempt to reduce that floppy string feeling and fret buzz. The Bass DDT’s are available in the following sets: Medium DDT-45 (45, 65, 85,...

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Gear Watch: Rees Big-F-Light Lightweight Bass

Rees Electric Guitars has introduced a new addition to their F-Light Lightweight bass series called the Big-F-Light. Weighing in at 7.5 pounds, this bass differs from the company’s original F-Light in that it features a full size body. They reduce the weight by keeping the center of the bass thick while shaving down the sides and adding extra comfort carvings...

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Gear Watch: Warwick Robert Trujillo Streamer Signature Bass

Warwick is celebrating its new affiliation with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo by introducing the Robert Trujillo Streamer Signature Bass. The bass has a shiny coat, with a quicksilver or turquoise blue chrometone finish. The bass, which was designed for Trujillo over the course of two years, is based on Warwick’s Streamer model. Features include an increased mass of the neck,...

Fender Announces 50th Anniversary Jazz Bass
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Fender Announces 50th Anniversary Jazz Bass

Fender is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their Jazz Bass model with a special edition that brings together features of the past and present. Though the style has remained mostly unchanged, the Jazz Bass has had some tweaking through its first 50 years, especially during the ’60s and ’70s. The Fender 50th Anniversary Jazz Bass features ’60s-era styled finish in...

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Gear Watch: Kustom KB Series Amplifiers

Kustom Amplification has introduced a brand new line of bass amps, called the KB series. The line consists of five combo amps, ranging from 10 to 200 watts, and a 200-watt head, which is available as rack-mountable or in a standalone wooden cabinet. Kustom describes the KB series as based on producing great tone, without “useless bells and whistles.” Each...

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Gear Watch: Warwick Thumb SC Single Cutaway

Warwick has announced the Thumb SC single cutaway bass. The German made bass, which is their Thumb NT model mixed with a single cutaway design, is tailored towards jazz, funk, and R&B settings. The Thumb SC features a specially designed passive MEC soap-bar humbucker and active MEC 3-band electronics with 2 toggle switches for coil splitting. The body is US...

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Gear Watch: MXR Bass Envelope Filter

Jim Dunlop has introduced a new Bass Envelope Filter pedal to their Bass Innovations line, the MXR Bass Envelope Filter. This box was designed for the classic analog envelope filter sounds with portability in mind. The pedal features five controls on the face: Dry, Effect, Decay, Q, and Sensitivity. Dry and Effect control your mix of dry and wet signals,...