With four operating modes optimized for
bass—CLASSIC, SUB, TRIG, and AUTO—Gig-fx’s new
SubWah has put a funky spin on a classic
pedal, folding wah, envelope filter, and autowah
effects into a single, all-analog package.
StageTrix Pedal Fastener
Those of us with pedalboards know the bedeviling
nature of Velcro. On one hand, it’s a miracle substance
for the task at hand, on the other, kludging the roll into
stompbox shape is a pain and the adhesive often loses
its tackiness over time. With the new StageTrix stuff,
we finally have purpose-built hook-and-loop fastening
material for pedalboards. Each piece is shaped appropriately
and designed with special adhesive to adhere
to the common rubber base material of many pedals.
Spector Forte Basses
According to Spector, the new Forte basses are all
about “no options, no frills, all tone.” The U.S.-
made instruments feature the NS-curved body
style, graphite reinforced rock maple through
necks, 24-fret pau ferro fingerboards, Spector
locking bridges, Aguilar onboard electronics, EMG
pickups, and include a Spector gig bag.
List price Forte4, $3,499; Forte5, $3,599
Aguilar TLC Compressor
The TLC compressor is designed to give bassists flexible
and musical control over their dynamics. With variable
attack, threshold, and slope levels, the rugged-looking
TLC promises to tame out-of-control transients and
bring increased focus and coherence to your sound.
The nifty Batt-O-Meter is
dead-simple, but may prove
indispensible. Basically, you
insert the q" plug into any
battery operated device and
it tells you the hours left until
the battery dies. It includes a
switch for compatibility with
different battery chemistries.
The RetroChannel would make a very hip alternative to
a bass-specific preamp in a rig or a vibe-y front-end
for a digital recording system. Basically, it’s a solidstate
device designed to mimic the sound of a Telefunken
V72 mic pre, an LA2A compressor, and a Pultec
EQ. Reportedly Tony Levin is currently using it, and is
pleased as punch.