Sweden’s EBS turns back the clock with a
31-pound, solid-state bass amp that puts out up to
500 watts into 2Ω and 440 watts into 4Ω. Dial in
your perfect tone with bass, high mids, low mids,
and treble, and add a little grit with a DRIVE knob
and a high-/lowpass filter CHARACTER switch.
Looking for a stylish, distinctive way to display
your favorite basses? These lightweight stands,
made of solid aluminum, are both sturdy and nice
to your instrument—there’s a lacquer-safe padding
that means there’ll be no scratching. Choose from
floor and gooseneck models, as well as several
custom finishes. Best of all, they break down flat
for easy storage and moving.
Street Floor, $150; gooseneck, $170
SG Special Bass
With its solid mahogany body, mahogany neck,
volume/volume/tone controls, 30" scale length,
angled headstock, and dual pickups, the SG Special
Bass carries the flavor of its famous ancestor. Besides
its T-Bird Plus and vintage-style T-Bird mini pickups,
the SG Special Bass also boasts max-grip speed
knobs, a Graph Tech nut, Grover shamrock-style
tuners, and a three-point adjustable bridge. The SG
Special Bass’s 20-fret rosewood fingerboard features
a cool Gibson 120th anniversary banner on the 12th
fret. It comes with a vintage brown hardshell case.
Bakithi Kumalo Signature U-Bass
South African legend Kumalo’s signature fretless
Kala U-Bass features custom Hipshot tuners, a
maple neck, GraphTech Black Tusq nut, rosewood
fretboard, and a swamp ash body. Like every
U-Bass, the electronics are by LR Baggs. The
21"-scale Kumalo, which is available in an espresso
brown finish, ships in a custom deluxe gig bag.
Michael Benson FuzzDriver
Ready to mix and match your fuzz and overdrive?
EC Pedals’ new FuzzDriver pairs the company’s Bass
Overlord (with its LEVEL, GAIN, and TONE controls) and
Angry Ape Gated Fuzz (LEVEL, TONE, GAIN, and GROWL)
effects into one gnarly monster.
Nate Mendel NM2 Double Distortion
Ashdown’s latest Artist series release is a stereo pedal
with two separate distortions—each with its own
MASTER control, drive mix, and footswitch—that can
be used together or routed to different amps. The
NM2 also boasts a meter switch that toggles between
displaying the clean and dirty signals on its VU meter.
JB4 Type 3 Pickups
Available as direct replacement for conventional Jstyle
pickups, Aero Instrument’s new JB4 Type 3 pickups
feature Alnico 2 magnets in the familiar exposed
two-polepiece-per-string arrangement. Custom options
available include different string spacing, unexposed
polepieces, and soapbar-shaped covers. The
JB4 Type 3 pickups can be used in combination with
any onboard preamp, although despite being passive,
their high output level does not require one.
List $270/pair (4-string), and $310/pair (5-string)