January is always a huge month for gear stories, thanks to the annual Winter NAMM Show. The No Treble crew attended the show to get all the latest scoop. We still have a ton to cover, but so far so good. Here are your top 10 favorite gear stories for the month of January.
Darkglass Electronics took to the Winter NAMM Show to unveil two new products in their line of bass amplifiers: The Alpha-Omega 900 and the Microtubes 900 v2. While the latter upgrades an existing model, the Alpha-Omega 900 is a brand new amp that pairs elements of their Alpha-Omega distortion preamplifier with a 900-watt power section.
Godlyke Distributing debuted the new TWA MiniMorph Dynamic Waveshaper at this year’s NAMM Show. The new unit is a pared down version of their DynaMorph and features an envelope-dependent drive circuit.
Wilkins Custom Guitars & Finishes unveiled their new “Marlin” bass model at the 2019 Winter NAMM Show. Available in four and five-string versions, the Marlin is a medium 32-inch scale bass in their RoadTested series.
NEXI Industries has announced the NEXI Bass Pedalboard, a powered pedalboard that has four slots for their effects. Similar to their Solution pedalboard for guitar, the NEXI Bass board offers plug and play convenience.
Luthier Scott French combined his SF2 and SF3 models to create the SF4, featuring a singlecut body with a deep cutaway for reaching the highest notes. This particular SF4, which he built for Ian Hill, is a great example of the design with gorgeous woods to accent its features.
Warwick showed off their annual limited edition bass at the 2019 Winter NAMM Show. This year the company unveiled the Corvette $$ LTD 2019 in a neckthrough version in their Masterbuilt Custom Shop line and a bolt-on version in their Teambuilt Pro Series.
Ashdown Engineering introduced a new practice device at the 2019 Winter NAMM Show. The Phone Box allows you to plug into any solid state amplifier and listen to its output through headphones.
Fender announced a new line of limited edition Made in Japan instruments including a handful of new basses at the 2019 NAMM Show. The new lineup includes models with traditional specs as well two with “hybrid” models.
Aguilar has expanded their offering of split-coil bass pickups with the Super Split. The hum-canceling pickups are built in a soapbar shape and designed to create “rich bass tone – crisp and open treble, barking midrange and huge lows.”