New Gear: January 2013

A company long known for its strings steps out with an instrument perfectly suited to its oldschool reputation.
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LA BELLA
Olinto Bass

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A company long known for its strings steps out with an instrument perfectly suited to its oldschool reputation. With its 34" scale, hand-carved alder body, Madagascar rosewood fingerboard, clay dot position inlays, and chrome bridge cover, the La Bella Olinto 4-string looks like something James Jamerson might have played—but its distinctive headstock, “C”-shape neck, and dual adjustable trussrod set it apart. The Olinto is available in sunburst, Olympic white, black, and natural nitro-lacquered finishes.

Price $2,950
Contactlabella.com

FODERA
Monarch Standard

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The latest release in Fodera’s Standard line, a streamlined version of the 4-string, 34"-scale Monarch, has an ash body with a bi-color flamemaple top, a pau ferro fingerboard on a bolt-on maple neck, gold hardware, and mother-of-pearl inlays. That distinctive Fodera tone comes through loud and clear courtesy of the company’s dual-coil pickups and Fodera/Pope Standard 3-band preamp.

Price $4,750
Contactfodera.com

DIGITECH
Hardwire
V-10 Power Block

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Bass players with multiple effect pedals will appreciate the ten fully isolated outputs and shielded toroidal transformer of the Hardwire V-10 Power Block. The V-10, encased in heavygauge aircraft-grade aluminum for maximum heat dissipation, has four 9-volt outputs, two pairs of 9.5-volt outputs that can be merged for higher current, and two outputs with variable voltage, from 5 to 12 volts. The 1.8-pound unit is made to mount easily under Pedaltrain pedalboards, too.

Price $299
Contactdigitech.com

GIBSON
EB Bass

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Gibson celebrates the upcoming 60th anniversary of the EB-1 with the 34"-scale EB bass, which combines classic shapes and elements—including that distinctive headstock, ash body, 20 medium-jumbo frets, maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard—with two Alnico V humbuckers, and a Babicz Full Contact chrome bridge. Pop up either pickup’s volume control to access a frequency-tuned coil tap for fatter single-coil tone and better output balance, with hum canceling when both pickups are combined, and low-noise operation when used individually. Available in satin fireburst, satin cream, natural stain, and satin ebony.

Price $1,999
Contactgibson.com

BLAST CULT
Thirty 2

This 32"-scale 4-string is the debut offering from Blast Cult, best known for its distinctive uprights. At 41.5" in length, the Thirty 2 features a mahogany body, maple neck, vintage jumbo frets, swamp skunk fingerboard, a Graph Tech nut, as well as Ultralite tuners and a bridge by Hipshot— but its special secret sauce comes courtesy of a single Blast Cult active upright bass pickup by EMG. The Thirty 2 is available fretted, fretless, with an ebony fretboard, or with a cypress body.

Price $2,500
Contactblastcult.com

ETYMOTIC
MP915 Ea
rplugs

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Ever wondered what it’d be like to have a compressor in your earplugs? Here’s your chance to find out. At normal volumes, MP915 earplugs mimic natural hearing by doing nothing, but when things get loud, they offer 15dB and 9dB sound reduction (choose by flipping a tiny switch). When things are quiet, however, there’s a 6dB gain. Each box has one pair of earplugs attached by a flexible neck cord, batteries, a protective case, a cleaning tool, filters, and a user manual.

Price $399
Contactetymotic.com

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