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New Gear November 2009

Industrial Radio MIDI Bass Bass players have long dreamed of a bass guitar that outputs reliable, pitch-accurate MIDI. With such a bass, a universe of opportunity awaits. Various manufacturers, to varying degrees of success, have tried to conquer this significant engineering challenge. Next to the plate? The Industrial Radio MIDI bass. The technology looks promising (check out the website for an in-depth description), and I dig the high-end touches, like the Nordstrand Big Split pickups. Price TBD Contact www.industrialradio.com
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Industrial Radio MIDI Bass

Bass players have long dreamed of a bass guitar that outputs reliable, pitch-accurate MIDI. With such a bass, a universe of opportunity awaits. Various manufacturers, to varying degrees of success, have tried to conquer this significant engineering challenge. Next to the plate? The Industrial Radio MIDI bass. The technology looks promising (check out the website for an in-depth description), and I dig the high-end touches, like the Nordstrand Big Split pickups.

Price TBD
Contact www.industrialradio.com

Aguilar Octamizer

After dipping its toe in the stompbox water with its DI/Overdrive Tone Hammer pedal, Aguilar is sticking its whole foot in with its latest pedal, the Octamizer. The analog octave features independent volume controls for the dry and octave sounds, a full-spectrum tilt EQ for balancing the bass-to-treble ratio, and a multipole low-pass filter for tailoring the octave’s tone.

Price $159
Contact www.aguilaramp.com

Barefaced Cabinets

British cab builders Barefaced are all about lightweight, big tone. Their neo-driver-loaded cabs feature a rugged textured coating and large, well-braced cabinetry. To maximize output volume, Barefaced emphasizes their cabinets’ high speaker sensitivity.

Price Varies with configuration
Contact www.barefacedbass.com

SWR Black Beauty

Much like what SWR recently did with its Redhead 2x10 combo, the new Black Beauty is a major freshening of a venerable 1x15 combo. The 400-watt (650 watts with an optional extension cabinet) Black Beauty includes a 12AX7 tube in the preamp, a Subwave octave effect, and an array of cool features, like extensive EQ and a robust DI output.

Price $1,200
Contact www.swrsound.com

EBS MetalDrive

The eigth addition to EBS’ venerable Black Label series of stompboxes is for players seeking huge bowel-bursting distortion. Developed from a MultiDrive modded for Disturbed bassist John Moyer, the true-bypass MetalDrive has three different distortion types and a simple two-knob layout.

Price $199
Contact www.ebs.bass.se

Guyatone Mighty Micros

Guyatone’s latest Mighty Micro stompboxes pack an extraordinary amount of sonic mayhem into an impressively tiny package, without compromising durability or construction quality. Their aluminum chassis features a toploaded “no tools” battery compartment, top-mounted jacks for saving space on a pedalboard, and mechanical true-bypass switching. The new effects include the analog MCm5 Micro Chorus, the STm5 Compressor/Sustainer, the envelope controlled SVm5 Slow Volume, and the TZm5 Torrid Fuzz.

Price From $136–$161
Contact www.guyatone.com

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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 Contact www.ampeg.com