With their heavy-duty Neutrik connectors and fire-retardant sheath, FM
Cables’ new Speakons are built to last, and if their three standard
lengths—5’, 6.5’, and
10’—don’t work for you, go ahead and order a
Strum ’em all at once or pluck ’em one by
one: Either way, this polyphonic pedal, equipped with a brighter display than
its predecessor, as well as a strobe tuner and a “total
recall” function for custom tunings, will help you get tuned up. The
Polytune 2 also boasts true bypass with silent tuning and a DC output so you
can power other pedals.
Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass V Special
The Jaguar Bass V features a Jaguar-style body with a Fender-designed P/J
pickup configuration, and boasts an active bass-boost circuit, separate volume
knobs for each pickup, and a master tone control. Available in black, crimson
red, transparent, and three-color sunburst, the V has a maple neck, rosewood
fingerboard, and 20 medium jumbo frets, and rocks a low B.
||Jazz Bass V
Modern Player Jazz Basses
Humbucker lovers will find plenty to like in Fender’s
Modern Player 4- and 5-string Jazz Basses, which feature a pair of redesigned
humbuckers in place of the traditional single-coil Jazz pickups. A 4-position rotary
pickup switcher gives players access to all the options—both pickups,
middle pickup with the outer coil of the bridge pickup, bridge pickup with the
outer coil of the middle pickup, and the outer coil of middle pickup with the
outer coil of the bridge pickup.
Jazz Bass, $500; Jazz Bass V, $600
V-4B, SVT-112AV & SVT-212AV
Ampeg’s V-4B is a 100-watt all-tube bass amp based on the classic
’70s-era V-4. The V-4B keeps things simple with a 3-band
EQ—including a midrange frequency toggle and switches for Ultra-Hi
and Ultra-Lo boosts. A pair of 12AX7s in the preamp, a driver with a 12AX7 and
a 12AU7, and four JJ 6L6GC power tubes help give the V-4B its oldschool flavor.
A balanced XLR output and
separate 2Ω, 4Ω, and 8Ω
outputs for various cabinet combinations lie in back. The V-4B weighs in at
only 41 pounds. Players looking for matching Ampeg cabs are in luck: The
company’s new 45-pound SVT-112AV (300 watts, 8Ω) 1x12 and
66-pound SVT-212AV (600 watts, 4Ω) 2x" compression drivers with
a 3-way level controls.
Street V-4B, $1,300; SVT-112AV, $500; SVT-212AV,