Aguilar Tone Hammer 500
Aguilar enters the featherweight amp ring with its
Tone Hammer 500, a 500-watt head weighing a
mere four pounds. Like a juiced-up version of
Aguilar’s Tone Hammer direct box, the Tone
Hammer 500 features four bands of EQ, GAIN, DRIVE,
and MASTER controls, and a front-mounted DI out.
ESP’s LTD Surveyor basses
have gotten a facelift in 2011,
boasting bitchin’ block inlays
and neck binding.
Prices 4-string, $699;
Daring Audio Pedals
This California-based stompbox startup has
come out of the gate swinging, offering four
new bass pedals: the Particle Beam
overdrive, the Laser Cannon fuzz, the Edge
Activator harmonic enhancer, and the Phat
Prices Particle Beam, $269; Laser Cannon,
$349; Edge Activator $329; Phat Beam, $329
Designed for Ember bassist Chewy
Linton, the latest from Texas bass
builder Bud LeCompte features a
bubinga body, Nordstrand pickups,
and a Hipshot tremolo bridge.
Prices 4-string: $1,400; 5-string:
$1,600; 6-string: $1,800
Borrowing from the features of its
flagship World Tour head, Eden’s new
direct box features a 3-band EQ (plus
BASS BOOST and MID SHIFT switches),
compression, and the company’s
signature ENHANCE control.
Wren & Cuff
Phat Phuk B
Now, that sure is a dirty name for
a clean boost pedal … This little
phatty from the folks at Wren &
Cuff sports germanium/JFET
transistors for a boost that
introduces just a bit of grit.