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Kala Introduces S-U-B U-Bass Series
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Kala Introduces S-U-B U-Bass Series

Kala has unveiled their newest line of bass ukuleles dubbed the Subductive Series. The basses are solid body versions of their U-Basses, available at a lower price point than the company’s U.S.-made counterparts. The Subductive Series Solid Body U-Bass (aka the S-U-B) gets its name from the “phenomenon when one tectonic plate dives underneath another and creates a deep spot...

Lakland Introduces New Skyline Model Basses
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Lakland Introduces New Skyline Model Basses

Lakland has announced new Skyline versions of their 44-51 and 44-AJ models. The Skyline series is manufactured overseas, then shipped to Lakland’s Chicago shop for final inspection. The Skyline 44-51 is a vintage styled bass, featuring a USA made Neo Punch split single coil pickup. The slab ash body is finished in butterscotch and has vintage round neck profile with...

Radial Engineering Announces Reamp JCR
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Radial Engineering Announces Reamp JCR

Earlier this year, Radial Engineering bought John Cuniberti’s Reamp business including the rights to the manufacture the Reamp – a piece of studio equipment that allows you to take pre-recorded tracks and re-record them through your bass or guitar amp. As such, Radial has unveiled the Reamp JCR, a passive Reamper that employs the original circuit design by Cuniberti with...

Empress Effects Introduces Compressor Pedal
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Empress Effects Introduces Compressor Pedal

Empress Effects has released a new analog compressor pedal, which brings the stompbox closer to studio gear status through the addition of more controls. Designed for both bass and guitar, the Empress Compressor also strays from 3-knob compressors by being “truly transparent.” The pedal’s controls include those found on a pro compressor: Attack, Release and Ratio, which is a switch...

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SD Curlee Brand Revived With New Bass Guitar
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SD Curlee Brand Revived With New Bass Guitar

The S.D. Curlee bass, made popular in the 1970’s, has been reborn at the hands of Birdsong Guitars’ Scott Beckwith. Once described as the “poor man’s Alembic,” the S.D. Curlee brand went under in 1982 after business decisions that led to key members leaving. The new SD Curlee Classic is a new take on the original Randy Dritz design, featuring...

ESP Unveils LTD J-Series Basses at Summer NAMM 2011
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ESP Unveils LTD J-Series Basses at Summer NAMM 2011

For Summer NAMM 2011, ESP Guitars has unveiled the LTD J series basses, including the J-204 and J-205 models. Built for quality while “remaining within a budget,” the basses are designed with a classic style. The J-204 and J-205 (4- and 5-string, respectively) feature alder bodies, maple necks, and rosewood fingerboards. The old school look is rounded out with retro...

Old School: 1966 Fender Precision Bass
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Old School: 1966 Fender Precision Bass

Chuck Hoffman shares his 1966 Fender Precision bass, one he bought about seven years ago, and credits as the source of his love for bass today. The 1966 Fender Precision was the first of the CBS-era of Fender basses, with 1965 being considered a transition year after Leo Fender sold his company to CBS. 1966 also brought in the new,...

AKAI Announces EIE Pro USB Audio Interface
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AKAI Announces EIE Pro USB Audio Interface

Akai has announced the EIE Pro, a USB audio interface capable of recording up 24-bit resolution and 96kHz sampling. The EIE Pro has four ins and four outs, MIDI I/O, and is compatible with virtually any DAW on Mac or PC. The inputs are XLR-1/4″ combo jacks, which lead to four discrete preamplifiers with true phantom power to enable use...

TecAmp Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Raptor Head and Cabinet
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TecAmp Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Raptor Head and Cabinet

German bass amp manufacturer TecAmp is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary with the release of the Raptor Head and Cabinet, limited to 25 pieces. The 300-watt all-tube head features a preamp consisting of four ECC83 tubes and a ECC81, while the power amp section has six 6550 power tubes. For tone control, TecAmp included a tube-buffered, active 4-band EQ. The head...

RapcoHorizon Releases the iJam 3-n-1
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RapcoHorizon Releases the iJam 3-n-1

Audio/visual company RapcoHorizon is now shipping the iJam 3-n-1, a new iPhone instrument interface designed for all electric instruments. The iJam also acts as a practice amp and MP3 play-along device. The iPhone portion of the iJam connects your bass to your apps, including amplifier modelers, recording software apps, and instructional apps. It allows for continuous monitoring for any applications...