Waterstone might be better known for the 8- and 12-string basses they’ve built for Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson, but the company is no less skilled when it comes to designing axes for the rest of us. It’s latest, the Skelly, is a passive bass designed through a prototype program in which Waterstone solicited the input of players from across the U.S.A.
No-Brainer: Play Bass & The Couch Potato Bass Workout
Looking at these titles, it would seem the folks at Alfred Music Publishing are calling bass players out for being lazy and stupid. But make no mistake: both books are packed with cute, clever, and comprehensive tips for exercising both brain and body.
Price The Couch Potato Bass Workout, $9.99; No Brainer: Play Bass, $24.99 (includes DVD)
DigiTech BP355 Bass Multi-Effects Processor
DigiTech’s new BP355 features a 20-second looper and modeling of 20 amps, 17 speaker cabinets, and more than 70 effects, with 70 factory presets and 70 user presets. As a practice and rehearsal tool, it boasts 60 drum patterns and an auxiliary audio input. The BP355 also comes with Cubase LE5 recording software and DigiTech’s X-Edit editing software.
Sheptone P-Style Pickups
Sheptone’s new P-style pickups are built in the U.S.A. to vintage specs, using alnico 5 magnets, and #42 plain enamel wire.
Tech 21 VT Bass 300
Rated at 300 watts and weighing 23 pounds, the Tech 21’s new VT Bass 300 is a rack- and stackready head with an effects loop, built-in DI, a tuner out, and q" speaker outputs.
Hoyer Eagle Prestige Bass
A reissue of its original Eagle Bass from the late ’70s, Hoyer’s Eagle Prestige is a neck-through 4-string that features a mahogany body, a 5-piece mahogany and maple, and an ebony fingerboard. The 33.5"- scale Eagle Prestige has two Hoyer split-coil humbuckers, a bone nut, and gold hardware, and is available with natural and spalted maple tops.