New Gear : March 2011
3/14/2011 1:00:00 AM

Aguilar enters the featherweight amp ring with its Tone Hammer 500, a 500-watt head weighing a mere four pounds.

DR Strings DDT
2/11/2011 1:00:00 AM

SOMEONE RECENTLY ASKED ME HOW often I change my strings.

New Gear : January 2011
1/1/2011 1:00:00 AM

Holy cow! Recreating one of the most iconic bass amps in history, Ampeg has announced a limited run of 50 American-made Heritage B-15s.

New Gear : December 2010
12/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

Designed for a warm tone and a smooth feel on either fretted or fretless basses, D’Addario Tapewound strings feature a polished black nylon wrap.

New Gear : Holiday 2010
12/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

Modeled after a mid-’60 Fender Jazz-style pickup, the AG 5J-60 uses period-correct parts, like heavy Formvar wire and Alnico V magnets, to capture that much-desired vintage-J vibe.

New Gear : November 2010
11/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

TC Electronic PolyTune iPhone App, Like 6 MIDI Mobilizer, E.W.S. Tri-logic Bass Preamp & More!

New Gear : October 2010
10/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

With two new additions to its venerable BBline (stands for “Broad Bass”—who knew?), Yamaha is continuing to capitilize on a good thing.

TC Electronic PolyTune
10/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

THERE ARE SOUNDS WE ENCOUNTER as musicians that are about as thrilling as bad karaoke—microphone feedback, 60-cycle hum, the echo of an empty hall as you take the stage.

New Gear : September 2010
8/31/2010 1:00:00 AM

DigiTech BP90 Bass Multi-Effect Pedal, Pro Co '85 Whiteface Rat, Electro-Harmonix Headphone Amp, DMP Pedals Bumble Bass Overdrive

Stellartone ToneStyler and Micro Pedal
8/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

AS MOST PASSIVE-BASS PLUCKERS ARE AWARE, rolling down one’s tone knob cuts high frequencies, but it also takes a big bite out of your bass’s midrange.

New Gear August 2010
7/29/2010 1:00:00 AM

TC Electronic PolyTune iPhone App On the heels of its recently released PolyTune pedal tuner (look for a review soon), TC is announcing an iPhone App that duplicates many of the pedal’s functions, including the ability to tune multiply strummed

New Gear July 2010
7/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

Tight Drive Bass Distortion Pedal As a result of feedback from Greg Weeks of the Red Chord at the 2010 NAMM show, Amptweaker now offers a bass version of their popular guitar distortion unit. As its name implies, the Tight

New Gear June 2010
6/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

Ukuleles are so cool nowadays, there’s even a Uke Bass, or U-Bass for short.

New Gear April 2010
4/1/2010 1:00:00 AM

Bugera BVV3000 All-Valve head

The big new Bugera head sports a classic array of all-tube goodness, including five dualtriodes in the preamp section and a sextet of 6550s handling the output. Tone-shaping come courtesy a 3-band EQ with midrange voicing filters and low- and high-register switchable boost.

New Gear February 2010
2/1/2010 10:20:00 AM

Ampeg SVT-7PRO & SVT-8PRO Heads

Ultra-vintage Ampeg is going decidedly modern—as in super-light Class D power sections—with its latest additions to the venerable SVT amplifier line. The SVT-7PRO head throws down 1,000 watts while weighing only 15 pounds, while the SVT-8PRO shoots the moon with a scary 2,500 watts of power in a similarly compact and lightweight package. Both units feature familiar Ampeg front-end tone controls—so essentially it’s the same preamp many know and love, just stronger and lighter on the back end. And there’s a line of lightweight cabs (called PRO NEO) debuting in early 2010 to go with them.
Prices SVT-7PRO, $799.99; SVT-8PRO, $2,399.99

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