New Gear - January 2010 - BassPlayer.com

New Gear - January 2010

Pedulla Nuance The latest from bass maven Michael Pedulla, the Nuance pairs soft maple backs with stunning tops of Maple Burl, Red Hearted Quilted Maple, or Arbutis Burl (shown). The American-made bass features Bartolini pickups, and is available in 4- or 5-string configurations, fretted or fretless. Price $4,995 Contact www.pedulla.com
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Pedulla Nuance
The latest from bass maven Michael Pedulla, the Nuance pairs soft maple backs with stunning tops of Maple Burl, Red Hearted Quilted Maple, or Arbutis Burl (shown). The American-made bass features Bartolini pickups, and is available in 4- or 5-string configurations, fretted or fretless.
Price $4,995
Contactwww.pedulla.com

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Faber PaddleBass
Dutch luthier Arnoud Faber describes his new PaddleBass as “pragmatic with very distinctive looks.” I’d say “distinctive” is putting it mildly. The PaddleBass is made from a single piece of carved mahogany with a bolton maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. The passive electronics include a series/parallel switch and specially voiced tone control.
Price Approx. $1,250
Contactwww.arnoudfaber.com

Tascam PT-7
The PT-7 will undoubtedly become many a bass teacher’s new best friend. It combines a high-speed chromatic tuner with a metronome and phrase recorder capable of slowing down a passage without changing pitch. The metronome goes beyond the norm, offering a variety of accents and time signatures.
Price $99
Contactwww.tascam.com

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Gallien-Krueger MB2 500
Weighing a mere 3.75 pounds, the new Gallien- Krueger MB2 500 is a portable powerhouse capable of sending 500 watts through a 4Ω load. A 4-band active EQ with contour control, an effects loop, and a versatile DI section round out the feature set.
Price $499
Contactwww.gallien-krueger.com

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Gibson Ripper II & Grabber II Reissues
Gibson has reissued its venerated Ripper and Grabber basses in a limited run of just a few hundred instruments. Featuring Seymour Duncan Custom Shop pickups, the Grabber II holds a single sliding humbucker, while the Ripper II utilizes two humbuckers and a 6-position selector knob, offering multiple pickup-coil combinations. Both instruments have a 34" scale.
Price $3,200–$3,600
Contactwww.gibson.com

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Propellerhead Record
If you haven’t yet dived into the weird, wild, and wonderful world of Reason, the softsynth digital workstation that revolutionized computer-based music, now is definitely the time. Until the release of Record, Reason’s biggest limitation was its inability to capture live audio. With Record, Propellerhead has addressed this big time. It offers a virtual mixing console modeled after an SSL 9000k, unlimited tracks, a 64-bit mix bus, and a huge variety of effects, many derived from Line 6’s POD line of digital modeling gear.
Price $149 for current Reason owners; $499 paired with Reason
Contactwww.propellerheads.se

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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 Contact gig-fx.com

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New Gear : March 2010

Gallien-Krueger Fusion 1050 HeadMaybe you’ve seen “flying faders” on an SSL mixing board, but have you ever seen “flying knobs” on a bass head? Gallien-Krueger’s Fusion 1050 allows for two unique EQ settings to be stored and recalled via footswitch, at which point the motorized knobs go flying. The front end is loaded with three 12AX7 tubes for extra warmth on top of G-K’s trademark solid-state punch, and the back end pumps 1,080 watts bridged into 4Ω.Price: $1,299Contact: www.gallien-krueger.com

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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 www.ampeg.com

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New Gear : Holiday 2010

Modeled after a mid-’60 Fender Jazz-style pickup, the AG 5J-60 uses period-correct parts, like heavy Formvar wire and Alnico V magnets, to capture that much-desired vintage-J vibe.