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Tech 21 Introduces SansAmp Character Plus Series Pedals
Pedals & Effects

Tech 21 Introduces SansAmp Character Plus Series Pedals

Tech 21 has expanded its pedal lineup with the SansAmp Character Plus series, which includes four new units: the Screaming Blonde, the English Muffy, the Fuzzy Brit, and the Mop Top Liverpool.

Bass of the Week: Zoot Bass Boudica “Wal-A-Like”
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Zoot Bass Boudica “Wal-A-Like”

This week, we’re taking a look at a special Zoot Bass Boudica built for Mark Newman. The 32-inch scale custom shop bass is dubbed the “Wal-a-like” in part for its Veijo Rautia Multi-coil “Wal” pickups that pay homage to the legendary instruments.

Ernie Ball Music Man Introduces 5-String DarkRay Bass
Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man Introduces 5-String DarkRay Bass

After teaming up with Darkglass Electronics to unveil the DarkRay bass last year, Ernie Ball Music Man added a five-string version to the lineup.

Walrus Audio Introduces the Badwater Bass Preamp and DI
Pedals & Effects

Walrus Audio Introduces the Badwater Bass Preamp and DI

Bass players have utilized Walrus Audio pedals for years, but now the company has unveiled its first unit dedicated to bass. The Walrus Audio Badwater is a preamp and DI pedal complete with an optical compressor, an overdrive, and a four-band EQ.

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Korg USA Acquires Majority Interest in Darkglass Electronics
Bass Gear

Korg USA Acquires Majority Interest in Darkglass Electronics

After revealing they had purchased Aguilar Amplification in January, Korg USA has announced the acquisition of another popular bass brand: Darkglass Electronics. Korg USA president Joe Castronovo delivered the news in a press release.

Matt Freeman Selling Personal Gear on Reverb
Bass Gear

Matt Freeman Selling Personal Gear on Reverb

Punk bass icon Matt Freeman is opening a shop on Reverb to sell some of his bass gear, which he has collected over his career. The Rancid and Operation Ivy bassist will be selling his personal basses, pedals, and guitars.

Bass of the Week: St. Germaine Guitars Condor 5
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: St. Germaine Guitars Condor 5

Luthier Geoff St. Germaine of St. Germaine Guitars shared his latest bass build on the “Support Small Bass Builders” Facebook group, and it really caught my eye. This Condor 5 built for Gerald Kebreau features a sleek walnut body with a cocobolo top complemented by wenge and maple accent layers.

Fulltone Introduces Custom Shop Supa-Wah Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Fulltone Introduces Custom Shop Supa-Wah Pedal

Fulltone has announced a new addition to their custom shop pedals with the Supa-Wah. The new unit is a spin on their Clyde wah and adds two new modes for a total of five voices.

Bass of the Week: Sitar Bass “Mountain”
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Sitar Bass “Mountain”

Today we’re featuring an instrument the likes of which I’ve never seen before. Invented by Miles Schelling, the Sitar Bass fuses elements of the traditional Indian instrument with a bass.

Source Audio Launches Atlas Compressor Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Source Audio Launches Atlas Compressor Pedal

Source Audio has rolled out another pedal with the Atlas Compressor, a flexible circuit that utilizes their Neuro Desktop Editor and mobile app to offer an array of compression designs.

Grez Guitars Introduces the Mendocino Short Scale Bass
Basses

Grez Guitars Introduces the Mendocino Short Scale Bass

Grez Guitars has unveiled a new bass model called the Mendocino Short Scale Bass. The instrument is a compact, lightweight semi-hollowbody design that takes its cues from a vintage four-string.

G&L Introduces the CLF Research L-1000 Series 750 Bass
Basses

G&L Introduces the CLF Research L-1000 Series 750 Bass

G&L has launched a new L-1000 model with the Series 750 version. The new instrument is a five-string with 19 millimeter (aka .750 inches) string spacing at the bridge.