Aguilar Tone Hammer 500
Aguilar enters the featherweight amp ring with its Tone Hammer 500, a 500-watt head weighing a mere four pounds. Like a juiced-up version of Aguilar’s Tone Hammer direct box, the Tone Hammer 500 features four bands of EQ, GAIN, DRIVE, and MASTER controls, and a front-mounted DI out.
ESP LTD Surveyor-4 & Surveyor-5
ESP’s LTD Surveyor basses have gotten a facelift in 2011, boasting bitchin’ block inlays and neck binding.
Prices 4-string, $699; 5-string, $799
Daring Audio Pedals
This California-based stompbox startup has come out of the gate swinging, offering four new bass pedals: the Particle Beam overdrive, the Laser Cannon fuzz, the Edge Activator harmonic enhancer, and the Phat Beam compressor.
Prices Particle Beam, $269; Laser Cannon, $349; Edge Activator $329; Phat Beam, $329
LeCompte Chewy Linton Signature
Designed for Ember bassist Chewy Linton, the latest from Texas bass builder Bud LeCompte features a bubinga body, Nordstrand pickups, and a Hipshot tremolo bridge.
Prices 4-string: $1,400; 5-string: $1,600; 6-string: $1,800
Borrowing from the features of its flagship World Tour head, Eden’s new direct box features a 3-band EQ (plus BASS BOOST and MID SHIFT switches), compression, and the company’s signature ENHANCE control.
Wren & Cuff Phat Phuk B
Now, that sure is a dirty name for a clean boost pedal … This little phatty from the folks at Wren & Cuff sports germanium/JFET transistors for a boost that introduces just a bit of grit.