LWA 500 head
The little brother of Warwick’s LWA 1000—cased in an ultra-tough aluminum chassis and equipped with a 4-band EQ and WET/DRY control for the effect loop—is a 2.5-pound bass head that puts out 500 watts into 4 Ω (or 250 watts into 8 Ω).
RS115 1x15 cabinet
These plywood boxes, built to be stacked vertically with other RS cabs, might be just what you’d need in a 1x15: rear ports, dual Speakon connectors, rounded corners, a 15" Eminence speaker, the ability to handle 600 watts at 8 Ω, and a total weight of only 57 pounds.
Grooving With Hybrid Techniques
Ready to refine your various techniques and bring them all together for something original? Stacked with 100 exercises and 72 audio samples—plus video demos on YouTube—Enrico Galetta’s 56-page Grooving With Hybrid Techniques focuses on flamenco slap, double-thumb, classical slap, and muting. Written in standard notation with no tablature.
Sierra SC5 5-string
Boasting an ash body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, bone nut, custom bridge and pickups, Gotoh tuners, and an Aguilar OBP-3 preamp, STR’s new 34"-scale singlecut with dual humbuckers shines with a urethane semi-gloss finish. Controls are master volume/active/passive, blend, tone, treble/mids/bass, mid-frequency switch, and series/parallel switch.
Universal Talent UT1 & UT2 5-strings
These passive, one-piece German imports are 34"-scale 5-strings with walnut bodies that are shaped for better comfort, including a long lower lever for better balance on lap while sitting. The 11-pound fretless and the 10.4-pound fretted both have olea europaea necks, light Schaller tuners, oil finishes, and a standard output jack (or an XLR output, as pictured). The fretless boasts Delano JC5 HE pickups, while the fretted UT2 has Delano TheXtender 5 HE pickups, as well as a maple fretboard, and switches for parallel, serial, and single-coil settings.
Street UT1, $8,270; UT2, $8,700
SR500 4-and 5-string basses
Ibanez’s latest SR500-series basses, the SR500TFF 4-string and the SR505TFF 5-string, are 34"-scale bolt-ons. Both models have a mahogany body, five-piece jatoba/bubinga-laminate neck, rosewood fingerboard, Bartolini MK1 pickups, 3-band EQ, two-position mid-frequency selector, and abalone oval fretboard inlays.
Street 4-string, $600; 5-string, $650
Subway Bass Series head & cabs
Mesa’s Subway D-800 head is a 5.5-pound, 800-watt amp that boasts a mute, ACTIVE/PASSIVE switch, DEEP switch, 4-band EQ, and a voice control for mids. Around back are a headphone output, aux in, direct out with pre-and post-EQ, and a 2 Ω /4 Ω impedance switch. Two neo cabs seal the deal: the 38-pound Subway Ultra-Lite 1x15 and the 35.5-pound Subway Ultra-Lite 1x12.
Street D-800, $700; Ultra-Lite 1x15, $750; Ultra-Lite 1x12, $650