Ashdown MiBass Combos
Ashdown’s latest offerings include four new MiBass amps: three 220-watt combos (a 1x10,
a 2x8, and a 1x12) and the 550-watt MiBass 550 115 1x15. All MiBass combos feature active/
passive instrument inputs, EQ, DEEP and SHAPE switches, Ashdown’s signature VU input meter,
a mini-jack line input with level control, and headphone out.
Once you own a hardware iStomp pedal, you
can download one of 26 effects for $0.99,
load it from DigiTech’s Stomp Shop—with an
iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad and a proprietary
cable—and you’re off and running. Your first
pedal comes with overdrive and digital delay,
and you can try any effect for fi ve minutes
before you buy.
Studio Devil Virtual Bass Amp Pro
This Mac- and Windows-compatible bass amp modeling plug-in,
an update of the company’s $69 Virtual Bass Amp, is full of useful
features, including a tunable bi-amp mode for separating highs and
lows, dual tube preamps with tone controls, dual power-amp limiters,
five cabinet emulation modes, a 12-band EQ, effects, and a tuner.
Mike Lull Bryan Beller BBM5
Solo artist, sideman extraordinaire, and writer Bryan
Beller gets the signature bass treatment with an active
5-string inspired by his 35"-scale Lull. Like his ax,
this one’s equipped with a Bartolini NTMB preamp,
Seymour Duncan Custom Shop pickups, a quilted
maple top, an ash body, maple fingerboard, a Hipshot
bridge and tuning keys, and an asymmetrical neck.
Dean Markley Helix
HD Bass Strings
Dean Markley’s Helix HD Bass series—
which includes NPS (nickel-plated
steel), SS (stainless steel) and Nikki Sixx
SS sets—aim for a more relaxed feel,
less squeak and sliding noise, a tighter
wrap, more mass, and a longer-lasting
string. The SS and NPS sets come in
light, medium light, and medium 4-
and 5-string packages, while the Sixx
signature set is .050-.110.
Looking for an alternative to the
rubbery Pahoehoe strings that
come standard on Kala U-Basses?
The company now distributes these
white, synthetic gut strings, which
were developed by Italian company
Aquila, well known for supplying
the stock strings on many ukuleles,
Genz Benz ShuttleMAX 12.2 Bass Amp
The latest Genz Benz powerhouse weighs just under seven pounds,
but it features dual power amps, switchable or blendable FET and tube
preamps, XLR out, and a 4-band EQ with parametric mids. Oh, and the
dual power-amp can pump out up to 1,200 watts for two 4Ω loads.