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
Kustom KB Series Amps
Kustom Amplification keeps things simple on its new KB Series of five combos and a 200-watt head, going for easy-to-dial tone, practical practice features (like mini-stereo mp3 input and speaker-muting headphone output), and a more old-school look overall. The combos range from a micro 6" speaker/10-watt configuration to the 15"/200-watt KB200 (shown here); the 200-watt head comes in either rackmount or classic wooden head packages.
Price range $69–$349 (KB200: $349)
Fender 50th Anniversary Jazz Bass
How do you celebrate the 50th Anniversary of something as iconic as the Jazz Bass? If you’re Fender, you do it by releasing a limitededition special model incorporating some of the most desirable features from different eras of production. From bridge cover to neck shape, inlays to frets, headstock logo to bridge-pickup placement, the 50th Anniversary Jazz Bass pulls from as far back as 1960 and as recently as 2008 to make up a “greatest hits” compilation of classic and modern features. As they say, supplies are most definitely limited.
KSM Foundation Bass Bridge
Want to lose that rusty old bridge on your vintage bass but still have something unique going on? KSM’s Foundation bridge gives you single-piece tone enhancement (think extra high-end chime and tighter low end) but still allows for individual setup preference via a patented ramp system. Plus, it locks itself in place once you get what you want, holding and preserving every milli-adjustment for the precisionobsessed player. And the Foundation’s anodized aluminum should last, well, longer than the one you’re replacing.
Prices 4-string, $149; 5-string, $165
’65 Amps Apollo Amp & 1x15 Cab
Vintage 15"-combo tone aficionados will dig the first bass offering from boutique tonemasters ’65 Amps. The tube-powered 50-watt Apollo amp and 1x15 cab combination captures everything you want from that stalwart configuration while removing some longstanding limitations. Combining vintage tone controls with more modern features (3-way pad switch for selectable drive levels; BANDWIDTH switch for ultra-retro and more full-range tone options), the rig is ideal for small clubs, stages with in-ear monitors, and studio work. The 11-ply Baltic birch cab features a custom- designed 15” Celestion speaker. If you’re hip to what a vintage 1x15 combo setup can do, this uncompromisingly designed rig probably already has you drooling.
Prices Apollo head, $2,195; 1x15 cab, $645
B.C. Rich NJ Deluxe Warlock Basses
All hail the metal mainstay B.C. Rich Warlock body shape, which lives on in the new NJ Deluxe models. Available in a 34"-scale 4-string and a 35" 5-string, they all have maple necks, ebony fingerboards, mahogany bodies, EMG 35DC pickups, an onyx finish, and a Pearl binding all the way up the body, neck, and headstock. These axes certainly aren’t suffering from an identity crisis. (Now let’s see those horns.)
Price $749 (4-string), $799 (5-string)