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Gear Watch: Schecter Raiden Special and Elite basses

Schecter has announced the new Raiden Special and Raiden Elite basses, geared towards the “feature driven, price conscious player.” Both basses feature 34” scale and 6-bolt necks. The Raiden Special has a body of basswood with a quilted maple top and a 24 X Jumbo fret Rosewood board with a maple neck. The Special also features the coil tappable Schecter...

Gear Watch: Tech 21 SansAmp VT Bass Deluxe
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Gear Watch: Tech 21 SansAmp VT Bass Deluxe

Due to tons of requests, Tech 21 has introduced the VT Bass Deluxe, a 6-channel programmable version of their SansAmp Character Series VT Bass pedal. The pedal brings together the warmth of an all-analog signal path and the convenience of digital recall to allow players to easily dial up their favorite tones. The controls on the VT Bass Deluxe include...

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Gear Watch: Tech 21 Red Ripper

The new Red Ripper Fuzz for bass from Tech 21 is more than your ordinary distortion box. It actually responds to the dynamics of your touch, so if you play harder you get more fuzz and higher harmonics, and if you play softer you get less fuzz and enhanced lower harmonics. Very nice for dynamic contrast. The Red Ripper’s “R.I.P.”...

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Gear Watch: New affordable Zon Standard Series

Zon Guitars has announced a new affordable line of bass guitars called the Standard Series. Featuring the Mosaic, Sonus, and Legacy models, the new basses are handcrafted in Korea to Zon’s rigid quality requirements and then inspected for finish and setup at Zon’s facility in Redwood City. “There are a lot of players out there who want to own a...

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Gear Watch: Korg Wi-Tune Wireless Tuner

Korg has released a new addition to their expansive selection of tuners called the Wi-Tune Chromatic Tuner. Utilizing the Korg’s new “Wireless Tuning System,” it allows players freedom from swapping cables and needing to patch in and out of a tuner during performance. The tuner is made up of two pieces: a transmitter module that attaches to the instrument, and...

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Gear Watch: Peavey introduces bass guitars to its PXD series

Peavey has introduced two new basses guitars to their modern metal inspired PXD Series: the Tragic 4 and Void 4. Both the Tragic and Void are 4-string neck-through-body basses that feature an alder body, maple neck, and ebony fretboard. Both models also enjoy the incredible tonal control of Peavey VFL active pickups, which are the same proprietary electronics that Peavey...

Bass Gear, NAMM 2010

Gear Watch: Ampeg announces two new SVT-PRO series heads

Ampeg announced two new heads in their popular SVT-PRO Series, the SVT-7PRO and SVT-8PRO. Both heads are light-weight rack-mountable units designed to deliver high wattage and tonal flexibility. The SVT-7PRO is a compact head, weighing in at only 15 pounds. The head features a flexible 5-position mid tone control, remote switching FX loop, and an onboard variable compressor. The tube...

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Gear Watch: VOX Pathfinder Bass 10

VOX Amplification has added a new product to it Pathfinder amplifier series. The new Pathfinder Bass 10 is a portable combo that boasts 10 watts of power with its two 5-inch VOX Bulldog speakers. Along with its treble and bass controls, the amp has a Bright switch, which adds an edgy boost to upper harmonics. The Pathfinder Bass 10 also...

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Gear Watch: Bunny Brunel Electric Upright Bass

There’s a new EUB on the market, designed by bassist Bunny Brunel. Brunel’s 35 year career as a bassist and educator includes performing with Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell and Al Dimeola. The bass has been in production for many years, with limited quantities available to ship...

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Gear Watch: Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner

Boss has announced the newest version of their stompbox tuner, the TU-3 Chromatic Tuner. The pedal is an update from their TU-2 and has all the same features and then some. Built in a tough stompbox chassis, this pedal is tough. A new high-brightness meter mode allows for better visibility under bright sunlight, and it also has a 21-segment meter...