New Gear: February 2011

Waterstone might be better known for the 8- and 12-string basses they’ve built for Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson, but the company is no less skilled when it comes to designing axes for the rest of us.

Waterstone Skelly

Waterstone might be better known for the 8- and 12-string basses they’ve built for Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson, but the company is no less skilled when it comes to designing axes for the rest of us. It’s latest, the Skelly, is a passive bass designed through a prototype program in which Waterstone solicited the input of players from across the U.S.A.
Price $759


No-Brainer: Play Bass & The Couch Potato Bass Workout

Looking at these titles, it would seem the folks at Alfred Music Publishing are calling bass players out for being lazy and stupid. But make no mistake: both books are packed with cute, clever, and comprehensive tips for exercising both brain and body.
Price The Couch Potato Bass Workout, $9.99; No Brainer: Play Bass, $24.99 (includes DVD)


DigiTech BP355 Bass Multi-Effects Processor

DigiTech’s new BP355 features a 20-second looper and modeling of 20 amps, 17 speaker cabinets, and more than 70 effects, with 70 factory presets and 70 user presets. As a practice and rehearsal tool, it boasts 60 drum patterns and an auxiliary audio input. The BP355 also comes with Cubase LE5 recording software and DigiTech’s X-Edit editing software.
Price TBD


Sheptone P-Style Pickups

Sheptone’s new P-style pickups are built in the U.S.A. to vintage specs, using alnico 5 magnets, and #42 plain enamel wire.
Price $120


Tech 21 VT Bass 300

Rated at 300 watts and weighing 23 pounds, the Tech 21’s new VT Bass 300 is a rack- and stackready head with an effects loop, built-in DI, a tuner out, and q" speaker outputs.
Price TBD


Hoyer Eagle Prestige Bass

A reissue of its original Eagle Bass from the late ’70s, Hoyer’s Eagle Prestige is a neck-through 4-string that features a mahogany body, a 5-piece mahogany and maple, and an ebony fingerboard. The 33.5"- scale Eagle Prestige has two Hoyer split-coil humbuckers, a bone nut, and gold hardware, and is available with natural and spalted maple tops.
Price $1,409



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New Gear, August 2011

Here’s the long and the short of it: The 34”-scale Les Paul Standard Bass Oversized (at right) has a chambered mahogany body, mahogany neck, and carved maple top, while the 30w”-scale LP Junior DC Bass (at left) has a mahogany body and neck, and is available in Gibson’s famed Pelham Blue finish.

New Gear: June 2011

Germany’s AER (Audio Electric Research, for those keeping track) has come out with a 200-watt, 2x10 combo with 3-band semi-parametric EQ and a built-in compressor.


New Gear February 2010

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

New Gear : May 2011

Studio Devil’s new bass amp plugin for VST, Audio Units, and Pro Tools RTAS compatible hosts features dual-channel architecture— allowing players to blend two independent tones together—five cabinet emulation modes, 12 bands of graphic EQ, chorus and reverb effects, and a built-in chromatic tuner.

New Gear, September 2011

The Go-Go Tuners TT-1 employs a microphone and a piezoelectric pickup, allowing players to use the tuner in a range of different sonic environments, and boasts a 360-degree swivel-mount display.