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  • Gear Watch: Skjold Damian Erskine Signature Series Bass announced

    Our own Damian Erskine has been quietly working with Pete Skjold for over a year on his own signature bass, and now the details are out. Damian was looking for a 6-string model, though the bass will be highly customizable and available in 4,5,6,7,”whatever” string configurations. Other features of the bass: Extremely deep cutaway for... »

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  • GearWatch: Neverkink Cable Clip

    GuitarGuard has released a new product to help you keep your cables organized on your instrument: the Neverkind Cable Clip. NeverKink CableClip allows for secure control of your guitar and bass cables — on stage or off — at a suggested retail price of under $3.00. You can even get your band’s name or logo... »

  • Gear Watch: Essential Bass

    Native Instruments have released a new product: Essential Bass. This KORE-powered instrument collection covers the full range of bass sounds from classic sampled tones to new synthesized sounds. The classic instruments include finger, picked, and slap basses along with an exclusive antique upright bass sampled with “pain-staking precision.” Complementing the classics are the inventive tones... »

  • Gear Watch: Italia Leather Straps

    Italia Leather Straps is a California-based bass and guitar strap manufacturer, specializing in made-to-order, high-quality leather and suede straps. Italia Leather Straps’ VP Cindi Seville shipped us one of their straps to try out, and I found the quality and comfort to be exactly as advertised. I tried out the “Acorn – Medium Brown” strap... »

  • Gear Watch: Aguilar Octamizer

    We already rule the low end, but why not take it down another notch? The Octamizer, a new bass effects pedal created by Aguilar, designed to create a wide range of musical sounds an octave below your original note and give you a “deep organic tone.” The Octamizer features two discreet signal paths for the... »

  • Gear Watch: Ibanez SRX350

    Currently on the gear radar is the Ibanez SRX350NT. The SRX350 features a light ash body – superior for bass due to it’s density and tone, a 3 piece 2 octave maple SRX4 neck with a rosewood fingerboard and pearl inlays, a natural finish, an Accu-Cast B200 bridge, powerful PFR Humbucking pickups and an Ibanez... »

  • Gear Watch: Dargie Delight Limited Edition Package

    Ernie Ball has announced the Dargie Delight Limited Edition Package is back and available on many Music Man instruments. The package features a two tone iridescent green finish known as “Caramel Apple Delight” a stunning paint job sure to make the bass an instant collector’s item. The DDLE Package is available only for a limited... »

  • Gear Watch: JamHub

    How many times have you had a volume war during practice? Ever wish you could control the levels for each instrument? JamHub, “the silent rehearsal studio,” looks to give you that control. JamHub made it’s first appearance at this year’s Summer NAMM and is getting a lot of attention for good reason. Steve Skillings, JamHub... »

  • Gear Watch: Studio Devil Virtual Bass Amp

    Studio Devil has released a Virtual Bass Amp, available for purchase and download. Studio Devil is “a virtual tube amplifier processor based on dynamic models of vacuum tube preamps and power stages. While primarily intended for guitar amp modeling and direct recording of both electric guitar and bass, Studio Devil excels wherever natural tube overdrive... »

  • Gear Watch: Carvin BX1200

    Carvin has delivered yet again with the BX1200 bass amplifier. The BX1200 pumps out 1200 watts at 4 ohms and remains free of distortion with it’s class A preamps. The BX1200 also has extensive equalization features, giving you total control over the shape and feel of your tone. The BX1200 also includes a bi-amp crossover... »