New Gear January 2010

Gig-fx SubWah With four operating modes optimized for bass—CLASSIC, SUB, TRIG, and AUTO—Gig-fx’s new SubWah has put a funky spin on a classic pedal, folding wah, envelope filter, and autowah effects into a single, all-analog package. Price $225 Contact gig-fx.com
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Gig-fx SubWah
With four operating modes optimized for bass—CLASSIC, SUB, TRIG, and AUTO—Gig-fx’s new SubWah has put a funky spin on a classic pedal, folding wah, envelope filter, and autowah effects into a single, all-analog package.
Price $225
Contactgig-fx.com

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StageTrix Pedal Fastener
Those of us with pedalboards know the bedeviling nature of Velcro. On one hand, it’s a miracle substance for the task at hand, on the other, kludging the roll into stompbox shape is a pain and the adhesive often loses its tackiness over time. With the new StageTrix stuff, we finally have purpose-built hook-and-loop fastening material for pedalboards. Each piece is shaped appropriately and designed with special adhesive to adhere to the common rubber base material of many pedals.
Price $9.99
Contactwww.stagetrixproducts.com

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Spector Forte Basses
According to Spector, the new Forte basses are all about “no options, no frills, all tone.” The U.S.- made instruments feature the NS-curved body style, graphite reinforced rock maple through necks, 24-fret pau ferro fingerboards, Spector locking bridges, Aguilar onboard electronics, EMG pickups, and include a Spector gig bag.
List price Forte4, $3,499; Forte5, $3,599
Contactwww.spectorbass.com

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Aguilar TLC Compressor
The TLC compressor is designed to give bassists flexible and musical control over their dynamics. With variable attack, threshold, and slope levels, the rugged-looking TLC promises to tame out-of-control transients and bring increased focus and coherence to your sound.
Price $199
Contactwww.aguilaramp.com

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Keith McMillen Batt-O-Meter
The nifty Batt-O-Meter is dead-simple, but may prove indispensible. Basically, you insert the q" plug into any battery operated device and it tells you the hours left until the battery dies. It includes a switch for compatibility with different battery chemistries.
Price $29.95
Contactwww.keithmcmillen.com

RetroChannel
The RetroChannel would make a very hip alternative to a bass-specific preamp in a rig or a vibe-y front-end for a digital recording system. Basically, it’s a solidstate device designed to mimic the sound of a Telefunken V72 mic pre, an LA2A compressor, and a Pultec EQ. Reportedly Tony Levin is currently using it, and is pleased as punch.
Price $1,800
Contactwww.retro-channel.com

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