New Gear : March 2011

March 14, 2011
Aguilar Tone Hammer 500

bp0311_NewGear_ag_nrAguilar 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.

Price $699





ESP LTD Surveyor-4 & Surveyor-5

bp0311_NewGear_esp_nrESP’s LTD Surveyor basses have gotten a facelift in 2011, boasting bitchin’ block inlays and neck binding.

Prices 4-string, $699; 5-string, $799











Daring Audio Pedals

bp0311_NewGear_da_nrThis 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 Beam compressor.

Prices Particle Beam, $269; Laser Cannon, $349; Edge Activator $329; Phat Beam, $329










LeCompte Chewy Linton Signature

bp0311_NewGear_le_nrDesigned 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

















































bp0311_NewGear_ed_nrBorrowing 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.

Price $199















Wren & Cuff Phat Phuk B

bp0311_NewGear_ph_nrNow, 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.

Price $169

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