Gallien-Krueger Fusion 1050 Head
Maybe you’ve seen “flying faders” on an SSL mixing board, but have you ever seen “flying knobs” on a bass head? Gallien-Krueger’s Fusion 1050 allows for two unique EQ settings to be stored and recalled via footswitch, at which point the motorized knobs go flying. The front end is loaded with three 12AX7 tubes for extra warmth on top of G-K’s trademark solid-state punch, and the back end pumps 1,080 watts bridged into 4Ω.
Planet Waves Tru-Strobe Pedal Tuner
We’ve all seen the fancy, hyper-accurate strobe tuners on the workbench of our favorite guitar setup dude. Now the Planet Waves Tru-Strobe Pedal Tuner brings tuning perfection to your feet, with true strobe accuracy that ensures precision tuning up to 0.1% of a cent, six detuning modes for those who drop, and a super-bright LCD display visible in full sunlight. Just remember to get one for your guitarist, too—because if he’s not using a tuner, no one else in the band needs one, either.
Mark Bass Little Mark Rocker 500
The clever wizards at Mark Bass have been successfully delivering big things in little packages for some time now. On the Little Mark Rocker 500 they’re going straight for those who want a dirtier Mark Bass tone, with a 6205 mini-tube planted in the Tube Drive circuit for extra crunch. Plus, it puts out 500 watts into 4Ω while still weighing under seven pounds. Mission accomplished.
Price: $649 (exact TBA)
Peavey PXD Tragic & Void Basses
Peavey’s got a couple of new axes for modern metal players. Its PXD Tragic and Void models take the tried-and-true electronic packages from its Cirrus and Millennium basses and put them to work in two new snarling body shapes. Both models employ neck-through-body construction, an alder body, a 34"-scale maple neck, an ebony fingerboard, and have gloss black, white, or red finishes. They even come with a Coffin Case gig bag, for extra metal cred.
Price: $599 (both models)
Warwick Adam Clayton Reverso Signature Bass
Who knew that Adam Clayton’s dream axe was a 3-way hybrid of a P-Bass, a Thunderbird, and an Alembic? Apparently Warwick did, as evidenced by its new Reverso custom signature model for U2’s famous bassist. The top-shelf quilted-maple top and matching headstock, mahogany body and flame-maple neck, single active MEC P-style pickup, hard-slanted body shape, fancy hardware, and red side-LED’s all scream rock star. Private jet sold separately.
AccuGroove MiniGroove Cabs
AccuGroove’s distinct 3-way tone now comes in a skinny stack of two cute cabs. The MiniGroove 3-Way handles 300 watts and features an 8” woofer, 6.5” mid, and two tweeters, while the MiniGroove sub handles another 300 watts into its two 8" drivers. The 3-Way either tilts back or mounts on speaker stands (use two as PA enclosures), and both are only 10" wide. So when the bandleader says to use stage monitors because there isn’t enough room onstage for your rig, you just say, I don’t think so.
Price: $892 (3-Way), $697 (Sub)