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Gear Watch: The Fleabass
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Gear Watch: The Fleabass

Flea announced his own line of affordable basses at last year’s NAMM show, dubbed the Fleabass. The basses, designed by Flea, come in junior and full-scale configurations with colorful, high gloss finishes. The basses are a part of a broader goal for Flea. As we covered in November, Flea has his own non-profit music school, The Silverlake Conservatory of Music....

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Gear Watch: Vigier announces 5-string Excess bass

Vigier Guitars’ 4-string Excess bass was released in 1996 and made popular by Deep Purple’s Roger Glover. Vigier has just announced a new 5-string model has been added to the Excess line. Like all Vigier’s basses, the 5-string Excess uses Vigier’s 10/90 system, which reinforces the neck with a carbon fiber strip. The bass includes a set of Delano pickups...

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Gear Watch: Two Notes Audio VM-202 Cab Simulator

French manufacturer Two Notes Audio Engineering will be presenting their new product, the VM-202 Guitar/Bass Cab Simulator at the upcoming NAMM show. The product, which is a follow-up to their VB-101 DI, takes your signal from your pre amp and runs it through an exclusive tube stage simulator, as well as their TORPEDO algorithm to simulate cabinet and microphone simulations...

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David Ellefson introduces “the Beamz”

Former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is helping to introduce a new device, called the Beamz, to the music industry. On his latest episode of his YouTube video series, “David Ellefson’s Rock Shop,” Ellefson demos the apparatus, which is a system of laser beams, which when broken, trigger computer software to play back or create music. David says, “It’s very simple...

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Gear Watch: Madarozzo introduces 2010 gig bag and case couture

Madarozzo has announced its new 2010 line of gig bags and case couture. The line of instrument bags and cases are a “fusion of fashion design, functionality, quality, and instrument protection” designed for the discriminating player. Various gig bag options accommodate for acoustic basses, headless basses, odd shapes, and fitting two basses in one bag. All the bags offer headstock...

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Gear Watch: Godin to debut new basses at NAMM

Godin Guitars, based out of Montreal, has announced that they will be showing their new bass models, the A4 and A5 SA, at the 2010 winter NAMM show. The models are available as fretted or fretless and in 4- and 5-string versions, but most interesting is the “synth access.” Each bass comes equipped with individual saddle transducers at the bridge,...

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Gear Watch: Diamond Bass Comp compressor pedal

Diamond Pedals has announced the release of their first pedal designed specifically for bass instruments, the Bass Comp. Based on the company’s Diamond Compressor, the Bass Comp combines a “low-noise optical compression circuit with a powerful and musical tilt EQ circuit” to create a better bass sound. It boasts an extended frequency response, making it friendly for 4-, 5-, or...

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Gear Watch: Warwick unveils two new basses: Bootsy Collins and Corvette $$ Special Edition

The hard working bass builders at Warwick have announced two new bass models: The Bootsy Collins Infinity Signature bass, and the Corvette $$ Special Edition Macassar. The Bootsy Infinity Signature bass is a variation of the company’s Infinity line, with some funky designs added to boot. It’s available as the Black Star or Orange Star models, depending on your color...

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Gear Watch: the Windmill Biajero travel bass

When Chilean bassist Luis Cheul needed a practice bass for his travels, Windmill designed created the Biajero bass for him. The concept for the bass was based on Cheul’s 6-string bass, and they will soon be offering a 7-string version as well. Specs: Body: Walnut Finish: High gloss or matte Neck: 5 piece Walnut/maple Fingerboard: 15 frets, Maple, rosewood, or...

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Gear Watch: Magma cables from Lava Cable

Lava Cable has announced their new Magma cable line, featuring high durability and top-quality sound, while remaining at average consumer prices. Magma cable features: G&H Industries ‘Show Saver’ plugs Hi-Quality Copper Conductors, with a 20 AWG low strand count 29.5 pF/ft low capacitance And a 93% spiral shield, providing excellent RF protection The Magma cable has retailed at just $29.95...