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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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