Factotum Bass Suboctave Drive
Red Witch’s first bass pedal is both an overdrive and an octaver, but what’s even cooler is that by using the footswitches, you can rock the two effects simultaneously or independently. Dial it in just the way you like it with wet/dry knobs for each, drive tone and volume, and drive mix. True bypass, 100 percent analog path, and polished chrome finish round out the package.
Chaka Octave Fuzz
Big Ear’s new bass-centric octave fuzz pedal lets you control fuzz intensity, volume, and tone while stepping on or off the octave footswitch. In addition to hand-matched NOS transistors for a warmer and more organic tone, Chaka’s fuzz side boasts aggressive—but not overly compressed— LED clipping diodes so your bass’s natural tone shines through.
David Ellefson Signature Kelly Bird V
Megadeth bass magus Dave Ellefson’s new signature axe is a 34"-scale 5-string that has a basswood blue-burst body with a black center stripe, black binding, a black plastic nut, a maple fretboard with block inlays, and 21 jumbo frets. The Kelly Bird V’s EMG HZ40 pickups are matched, with separate volume controls and a 3-band active EQ. Hardware includes a Jackson high-mass HM-5 bridge and Jackson die-cast mini tuners.
JamKazam’s goal is deceptively simple: to help musicians play music together over the Internet as if they were in the same room. This online service, a combination live music platform and social network, can also help you record and share performances. The basic service is available for free, and upgraded services are available for a flat fee or subscription plan.
Now in its second edition, Jon Leibman’s 96-page Rock Bass takes students on a journey through rock bass styles and lines from the 1950s through the ’90s, covering shuffle, straight eighths, the bounce feel, the Motown sound, funk, hard rock, heavy metal, techno pop, alternative, grunge, and much more. The accompanying CD includes 99 full-demo tracks and 131 music examples.
Looking for a stand you can trust? The Starfish’s design means it’ll stay upright longer, lock tighter, grip your instrument, leave no marks on your bass’s finish, and fold up faster.
Available in black or natural finishes, this ash body/maple neck Jazz-style beauty sports Xotic singlecoil pickups, HipShot Ultra Light tuners, a brass HipShot A-Style bridge, chrome hardware, Gotoh strap buttons and the company’s proprietary Hum Reduction Inductor. You can bypass the EWS Trilogic preamp—and its volume, balance, tone, and 3-band EQ—by pulling up on the volume.