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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.