New Gear: July 2013
7/1/2013 1:32:00 PM
Novation’s popular 20-year-old Bass Station gets an update with the Bass Station II, an all-analog redesign equipped with two filters, two oscillators, a sub-obscillator, patch-save capability, onboard modulation, an arpeggiator, and analog effects.
Tech Bench: Bridge Building
7/1/2013 10:56:00 AM
AS I BEGIN THIS SERIES OF ARTICLES ON BASS modifications, let me first publicly apologize to the victims of my obsessive quest for tone—P-Basses routed for J pickups, the Stingray I thought would sound great with a P pickup in neck position, the Jazz Bass I thought would improve with molten lead poured into holes cut beneath the bridge … Over the years, thousands of dollars were spent, and thousands more have been lost by desecrating what would now be vintage instruments. Forgive me, Leo.
New Gear: June 2013
5/17/2013 1:14:00 PM
Lakland’s latest addition to its old-school collection is the Skyline Hollowbody 30, a 30"-scale hollowbody with a 1.5" nut width, a rosewood fingerboard, a machined hollow body with “F” hole, two single-coil pickups, and Hipshot-licensed Ultralite tuners.
Soundroom: Z. Vex Basstortion and Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi
5/17/2013 11:44:00 AM
WHAT IT IS ABOUT FUZZ, OVERDRIVE, AND DISTORTION? OUR ATTRACTION to the full range of sizzling, brash frequencies makes perfect sense, especially in a world where guitarists hardly ever use clean tone, but these three effects have been known to kill low end— our bread, butter, meat, and potatoes—faster than a speeding bullet.
New Gear: May 2013
4/25/2013 9:42:00 AM
Pigtronix’ latest bass offerings are guitar products that have been tuned and tweaked for better low end.
New Gear from the 2013 NAMM Show
3/26/2013 4:55:00 PM
This month and next, we’ll be sifting through everything we saw at this year’s NAMM Show to bring you the best in bass.
Tale of the Tapewound: GHS 3060 Tapewound Black Nylon & La Bella 750T White Nylon Tape Wound Strings
3/21/2013 7:43:00 PM
EVEN THOUGH BASS PLAYERS TEND TO BE MORE PROGRESsive than our thin-stringed brethren when it comes to gear tech, there are plenty of us who are precious about the gear we hear on classic rock and R&B records.
Soundroom: MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe & Bass Overdrive
3/21/2013 7:19:00 PM
THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF NOISE—FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD—IN THE world of effect pedals, with announcements of “better-mousetrap” stompboxes coming fast and furious.
New Gear: March 2013
3/12/2013 8:56:00 AM
Following last year’s introduction of its American Stage instrument cables, Planet Waves now offers its premium cables with dual right-angle plugs.
Roundup: Pedal Pushin'
3/11/2013 12:23:00 PM
FOR THIS MONTH’S ROUNDUP, WE TURN TO A HALF-DOZEN STOMPBOXES INTENDED TO TITILLATE the tone tweakers among us: an analog multi-eff ect from Electro-Harmonix, fuzz boxes from Tech 21 and Dwarfcraft, overdrives from Carl Martin and Fulltone, and an analog chorus from Jacques.
New Gear: January 2013
1/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
A company long known for its strings steps out with an instrument perfectly suited to its oldschool reputation.
New Gear: December 2012
1/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
This classy new addition to Gibson’s line of semihollowbodies has a mini alnico bridge humbucker, wide ceramic neck humbucker, three-way pickup selector switch, volume control, tone control, and Gibson’s three-point adjustable bridge.
Soundroom: Acoustic B200 MKII & Warwick BC150
1/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
THE VENERABLE 1X15 COMBO IS LIKE THE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA of bass amps; getting one is a good indication that you’ve learned the basic art, math, and science of bass playing, and you’re more or less ready for the real world.
Soundroom: Radial Firefly Tube Direct Box
1/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
THE FIREFLY TUBE DIRECT BOX INCORporates Radial’s time-tested Class A FET circuit and zero negative feedback design, prized for its natural tone and stable output.
New Gear: November 2012
11/5/2012 12:00:00 AM
Besides a 5-band EQ with ±18dB at 50Hz, 160Hz, 630Hz, 2.5kHz, and 12kHz, HAO’s Bass Liner preamp—co-designed by Phil Jones of Phil Jones Bass—offers true-bypass switching, a secondary direct output jack, and a mute switch.
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