New Gear: October 2012
11/1/2012 12:00:00 AM
For its 2012 Special Collection series of basses, G&L has gotten nekkid—or Nearly Naked, as they call it—with a new ultra-thin Honey Ale fi nish.
Dean Markley Helix Stainless Steel Strings
11/1/2012 12:00:00 AM
AS A WEE BASS PLAYER, I REMEMBER GETTING HIP TO DEAN Markley’s Blue Steel bass strings courtesy of my trusty local music store salesman.
New Gear: August 2012
8/8/2012 12:00:00 AM
This two-channel, 280-watt combo amp, dedicated to legendary upright bassist Scott LaFaro, boasts an 8" woofer, a 1" tweeter, inputs for pickups or microphones, three DI outputs—one for each channel and one master output—as well as an effects loop and an auxiliary output.
New Gear, July 2012
7/31/2012 12:00:00 AM
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.
New Gear, June 2012
6/13/2012 12:00:00 AM
Rotosound’s string cleaner, designed to fit all 4- and 5-strings, uses microfiber pads to remove sweat and debris from the strings and fingerboard.
MXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe
6/11/2012 12:00:00 AM
In just the last few years, MXR’s Bass Innovations division has launched a slew of new pedals for bass, ranging from octave and overdrive to filter and compressor.
Elixir Stainless Steel Strings
5/14/2012 12:00:00 AM
SOAKING SETS IN ALCOHOL, BOILING the buggers, scrubbing ’em after every session— tone tweakers can get carried away making sure our beloved bass strings stay bright as the day we first plucked, picked, pounded, or popped them.
New Gear, May 2012
5/11/2012 12:00:00 AM
Stompbox upstart Daring Audio has updated its buzz-worthy harmonic exciter with the Edge Activator HD, which boasts new midrange and brightness toggle switches, and expanded RANGE, GAIN, and BLEND controls.
New Gear From the NAMM Show
3/20/2012 12:00:00 AM
Note: In recent months, we’ve run other New Gear listings for products that officially debuted at this year’s NAMM Show.
New Gear, March 2012
3/9/2012 12:00:00 AM
Peavey’s 10-pound, 600- watt head makes news with a 7-band graphic EQ, headphone output, footswitchable crunch and optical compressor, proprietary DDT speaker protection, and combination twist-lock and ¼" external speaker jack.
New Gear, November 2011
2/16/2012 12:00:00 AM
Although it’s not specifically designed for bass, the MXR Analog Chorus manages to leave the bottom end untouched—set the low frequency control flat, in fact, for a touch more booty.
New Gear: July 2011
7/6/2011 1:00:00 AM

For more of the sweet gear we spotted at Musikmesse, check out our Flickr feed at

New Gear: June 2011
6/1/2011 1:00:00 AM

Germany’s AER (Audio Electric Research, for those keeping track) has come out with a 200-watt, 2x10 combo with 3-band semi-parametric EQ and a built-in compressor.

New Gear : May 2011
5/1/2011 1:00:00 AM

Studio Devil’s new bass amp plugin for VST, Audio Units, and Pro Tools RTAS compatible hosts features dual-channel architecture— allowing players to blend two independent tones together—five cabinet emulation modes, 12 bands of graphic EQ, chorus and reverb effects, and a built-in chromatic tuner.

New Gear From NAMM
4/15/2011 1:00:00 AM

SPIRITS WERE HIGH AT THIS YEAR’S NAMM Show, as last year’s spark of economic optimism seems to have encouraged some new innovation in the bass world.

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