Bugera BVV3000 All-Valve head
The big new Bugera head sports a classic array of all-tube goodness, including five dualtriodes in the preamp section and a sextet of 6550s handling the output. Tone-shaping come courtesy a 3-band EQ with midrange voicing filters and low- and high-register switchable boost.
Ibanez SR2010ASC Ashula bass
Designed to accommodate players who like the solid attack and pitch definition of fretted basses, but miss the expressive potential of the fretless, the Ashula is a hybrid fretted/fretless bass guitar. The bottom four strings are fretted and the next two are repeated D and G strings, but fretless. The Ashula’s ash body is combined with a 5-piece jatoba/bubinga neck, and a specially voiced EQ handles tone-sculpting.
List price $1,333
Johnson JB-24 Acoustic Bass
Acoustic bass guitars are undeniably cool, but most players wouldn’t call them essential. If you’re curious about the instrument but don’t want to lay out too much cash, the new Johnson JB-24 offers an attractive yet inexpensive way to get involved. It sports a spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, a 3-band EQ, and is available in fretted and fretless versions.
Tech 21 Red Ripper Fuzz
The sweet looking Red Ripper is an intriguing analog bass distortion that combines clipping with a touch-sensitive filter to offer a broader palette of tones than the typical overdrive. Capable of everything from Brassmaster-style octave-up fuzz to synth-y bass tones, the Red Ripper’s 3-band EQ, low-pass filter switch, and LEVEL and DRIVE controls make the pedal a hip new option for adventurous tone sculptors.
Genz Benz Shuttle 9.0
Genz Benz has earned a big reputation in the ultra-lightweight-head market thanks to its Shuttle series. The new 900-watt 9.0 brings some serious power to the segment, and it’s in the same small chassis as its light little brothers. The Class D head has a switchmode power supply and the flexible EQ and voicing filters seen throughout the Shuttle line.
Schecter Raiden Special & Elite basses
Schecter’s new Raiden basses are divided into two categories, the no-nonsense Special and the higher-end Elite. The Special gets a basswood body, quilted-maple top, and a coil-tappable Scheter Super Rock pickup. The Elite upps the ante with a laminated maple and walnut neck and EMG Hz pickups.
Price Special 4, $499; Elite 4, $779
Bunny Brunel Electric Upright
Viruoso Bunny Brunel is as flexible as they come, capable of burning on both upright and electric with furious speed and harmonic cleverness. His new electric upright is designed to accommodate players seeking a high-end instrument that’s versatile enough to accommodate both adept acoustic bassists and electric bassists making the switch. It has a mahogany body, ebony fingerboard, and a versatile electronics package from Russ Allee and Rick Turner.