New Gear from Kiiesel, Maxon, Warwick, and more

BAE Audio’s new stereo-linkable, true-bypass compressor/limiter features transformer-coupled, all-discrete circuitry for a classic analog sound.
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10DC Compressor/Limiter

BAE Audio’s new stereo-linkable, true-bypass compressor/limiter features transformer-coupled, all-discrete circuitry for a classic analog sound. The unit, housed in a steel chassis, uses stepped switches for every control, a reverse analog meter, and trademark Marconi knobs. It also boasts independent circuitry for the compressor and the limiter—use one, or both, for greater control.

Street With power supply, $1,800; without power supply, $1,600; stereo pair, with power supply for two units, $3,400

BD10 Hybrid Bass Driver

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Looking for a harmonically rich overdrive that retains note clarity and expressiveness even at maximum settings? The BD10 aims to cover a wide variety of distorted tones, from semi-dirty boosts all the way to super-saturated shred, while letting you fine-tune bass and treble, as well as the balance between clean and distorted signals. Buffered bypass switching and a three-year limited warranty round out the package.

Street $170

Vapor Shield bass strings

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Treated with a nucleated polymer vapor for brighter tone, a smoother surface, no flaking or peeling, and tough defense against oil and grime, La Bella’s Vapor Shield nickels boast a lifetime that’s five times longer than non-treated strings.

Street 4-string (.040–.100 and .045–.105), $26; 5-string (.040–.118 and .045–.130), $38; 6-string (.030–.118 and .030–.130), $47

Adam Clayton Streamer CV Signature bass

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U2 icon Adam Clayton’s new signature axe, his second from Warwick, has an extra-light swampash body with a cream-white high-gloss finish, a black/white/black custom-shop pickguard, passive MEC electronics, a brass nut and bridge, and a passive Seymour Duncan P Quarter Pound (SSPB-3) pickup. The 34"-scale bolt-on also sports a one-piece maple neck with 21 jumbo bronze frets, a maple fingerboard with black block inlays, maple machine heads, and maple trussrod cover. It comes with a flight case.

Street $6,000

Roy Vogt Signature RV69K Vanquish Bass

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Nashville-based bass guru Roy Vogt gets a signature bass with 18-volt active/passive electronics, including a master volume/push-pull active switch, pickup blend, stacked concentric bass/treble, and stacked, sweepable concentric mids. The Vogt has an alder body, flame-maple top with matching headstock, five-piece maple/walnut neck with tung-oil finish, and dual SCP split-coil pickups. Kiesel promises a wide variety of one-off finishes and other custom options, so you can build your RV69K exactly the way you want it.

Street $1,600

WAV4 Radius Bass

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With its NS Polar/EMG pickup system, the 34"-scale, 24-fret NS Design WAV4 boasts tight, solid low end and exceptional clarity. Active electronics integrate the custom EMG magnetic pickup, radiused to optimize tone and harmonics from every string, and the NS bridge-mounted Polar pickup. The controls include master volume and balance, as well as separate tone controls for each pickup. The Radius accepts conventional bass guitar strings, and it comes in matte black, metallic crimson, and metallic cobalt.

Street $1,200

Finger Bow

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The Finger Bow is the perfect new accessory for upright (and adventurous electric) players who want switch seamlessly between fingerstyle/pizzicato and bowing/arco techniques with a flick of a finger. The bow, 10t" long, is made of lightweight, resonant poplar wood. Available in black and natural finishes and a left-handed version.

Street Natural finish, $65; black finish, $70


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New Gear from Boss, Electro-Harmonix, Hartke, and More

This cool app for iPad and iPhone features lesson “packs” on topics such as soloing, swinging, fingerboard navigation, blues fundamentals, and warming up, all taught by pro bass players, including Felix Pastorius, Tom Kennedy, Victor Wooten, Ivan Bodley, Robin Soper, Linda Oh, Mike Visceglia, Robin Keats, and Ed Friedland.

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New Gear from Ibanez, Mesa, Warwick, and more

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).

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New Gear from Hartke, Sadowsky, Schecter, and More!

This Korean-built, carbon grey bolt-on hits all the standard targets—alder body, rosewood board, 21 extra-jumbo frets—while throwing a couple cool features into the mix, including a MonsterTone J pickup in the back, a MonsterTone P in the front, black hardware, a thin C-shape maple/walnut neck, and crème one-ply binding.