Rotosound BSC1 Bass String Cleaner
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.
Ampeg PF-115LF & PF-410HLF cabs
These 8x10, 1x15, and 4x10 Portaflex cabs, both equipped with casters and integrated side handles, have been updated: The PF-115LF goes for a more vintage tone by doing away with the compression driver, and the PF-410HLF gets a new, compact design.
Price PF-115LF, $490; PF-410HLF, $770
Ampkit Trace Elliot Modeling App
Ampkit+Version 1.3 now includes the Trace Elliot 1215 app, a simulation of that company’s 1x15 with a Celestion speaker and high-frequency horn, a switchable tube-drive circuit for fat bass distortion, a single-touch tone circuit, as well as a 12-band graphic EQ and dual-band compressor tuned for bass frequencies.
Price Ampkit+Version 1.3, $9.99; Trace Elliot 1215 app, $3.99
Fender American Standard Jazz & Precision Basses
American Standard Jazz and Precision Basses—including 4-strings, 5-strings, and fretless Jazz Basses— now come with Fender Custom Shop ’60s pickups. The Jazz Basses and 4-string P-Bass are now available in a new Jade Pearl Metallic finish.
Taranaki Acrobat 32
This 22-fret, 32"-scale 4-string has a khaya body, rosewood fretboard, ebony nut, and a walnut/ maple veneer top. Besides volume, pickup selector, treble, mid, and bass controls, the Acrobat 32 features a passive/active switch and custom passive Taranaki pickups.
Price $2,900-$3,700 (including VAT)
EBS’s updated version of its HD350 head boasts preamp circuitry with better lowfrequency response and higher dynamics; a 4-channel footswitch to control the drive, filter, filter bypass, and mute functions; a mixin filter for the effects loop; and a speaker simulator for the XLR-out.
TC Electronic BG250 Bass Combo
The BG250 is a 250-watt, 35-pound 1x15 bass combo equipped with tube pre- and poweramp simulation, aux input, onboard tuner, headphone output, and a balanced XLR output. The BG250’s TonePrint effects knob comes with chorus, but you can download new effects from TC’s website with the included USB cable—or with the TonePrint app for iOS and Android.