New Gear: August 2012

This two-channel, 280-watt combo amp, dedicated to legendary upright bassist Scott LaFaro, boasts an 8" woofer, a 1" tweeter, inputs for pickups or microphones, three DI outputs—one for each channel and one master output—as well as an effects loop and an auxiliary output.
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SCHERTLER
LaFaro Deluxe Combo Amp

This two-channel, 280-watt combo amp, dedicated to legendary upright bassist Scott LaFaro, boasts an 8" woofer, a 1" tweeter, inputs for pickups or microphones, three DI outputs—one for each channel and one master output—as well as an effects loop and an auxiliary output. Each channel of this 42-pound amp has a gain control and a 4-band EQ.
Price TBD
Contact schertler.com

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REUNION BLUES
Midnight Series Bass RB Continental cases

The RB Continental’s list of features is long and detailed—pockets, zippers, a palm-contoured handle, padded back straps, blue velvet lining— but it’s the shock-absorbing Flexoskeleton exterior, as well as a neck-brace suspension system that prevents movement, that gets our attention.
Price $190
Contact reunionblues.com

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FENDER
Pawn Shop Reverse Jaguar Bass

Like its older, non-reverse (straight-ahead?) brother, this 32"-scale, maple ’board Jaguar Bass has an alder body, 20 frets, and a 3-position pickup toggle (bridge, neck, and bridge/neck). It sets itself apart, however, with its reverse Jaguar humbucker near the bridge, a Big Block humbucker closer to the neck, a reverse headstock, and a Fender High Mass Modern bridge. Available in sunburst and candy-apple red with three-ply mint green, black, and mint green pickguards.
Price $1,079
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BOB DAISLEY
Black Beauty Signature Bass

The man behind some of hard rock’s best-loved bass riffs introduces his very own signature 4-string, equipped with Schaller machine heads and bridge, a graphite nut, medium frets, an ebony fretboard on a maple neck, and a light swamp ash body. Its most distinctive feature, however, is its sliding pickup assembly, which allows you to choose between an active pickup with four independently movable poles or a set of two passive custom Lindy Fralin ’51 pickups. Both choices are included with the bass.
Price TBD
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IBANEZ Promethean P3115 Combo

This 300-watt combo amp has a 15" driver, a passive crossover, and a high-frequency dome tweeter you can turn on and off, but it also features a Class-D power amp and an internal limiter with an on/off switch. Some of its other goodies include a 3-band EQ, a mute switch, an aux in, an XLR output, a headphones output, and a “Phat” control for more bottom and more high-end.
Price $400
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SCHECTER Baron-H Vintage Bass

With its semi-hollow mahogany body, cream binding, and single Seymour Duncan SMB-4D pickup, the Baron-H strikes an old-school pose while hiding a 2-band Seymour Duncan STC-2SBO E/Q preamp under the hood. The 34"-scale Baron-H features a Wilkinson WBBC bridge, Grover Vintage tuners, and comes with a 22-fret maple neck and rosewood fi ngerboard.
Price $679 ($729 for left-handed models)
Contact schecter.com

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