New Gear : November 2010

TC Electronic PolyTune iPhone App, Like 6 MIDI Mobilizer, E.W.S. Tri-logic Bass Preamp & More!

JBH Guitars Sun Ra Marimbula


It’s a band in a box! The JBH Guitars Sun Ra marimbula is a bass mbira that doubles a cajon. An optional transducer makes this marimbula stage-ready. JBH’s Standard model comes with 15 tunable tines.
Price $350

TC Electronic polytune iPhone App


Hot on the heels of their super-hip Polytune pedal tuner, TC is releasing an iPhone version. It has the same simultaneousstring- strum tuning power and a clean and elegant interface.
Price $9.99

Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer


If you’re a bassist that dabbles with synths and computer recording, you’ll probably love the Mobilizer, provided you own an iPhone or iPod touch. It can play, record, and backup MIDI data with its simple and effective interface.
Price $69

E.W.S. Tri-Logic Bass Preamp II


An update to Xotic’s first-generation Tri-Logic bass preamp, E.W.S.’s Tri-Logic II offers the same headroom and toneshaping options of the original in a smaller and less expensive stompbox.
Price $152

Grace Design M103


Grace, a well-regarded builder of ultra–hifi studio gear, has just released a single-rackspace channel strip that could make an excellent preamp for bassists obsessed with detail, clarity, and precision EQ. It boasts majorly high-end components and comprehensive I/O options.
Price $1,575

T-Rex Tonebug Phaser and Chorus + Flanger


Part of T-Rex’s budget-friendly Tonebug line of pedals, the new Phaser and Chorus/Flanger pedals offer a range of modulation effects, from subtle shimmer to psychedelic flange.
Price (MSRP) $199

Onyx Musical Products OM12


Specifically designed for upright bassists, the OM12 has a neodymium 12" woofer and a 6" midrange driver. Patterned after a studio monitor, the OM12 was designed for clarity and flat frequency response.
Price $495


New Gear August 2010

TC Electronic PolyTune iPhone App On the heels of its recently released PolyTune pedal tuner (look for a review soon), TC is announcing an iPhone App that duplicates many of the pedal’s functions, including the ability to tune multiply strummed

New Gear November 2009

Industrial Radio MIDI Bass Bass players have long dreamed of a bass guitar that outputs reliable, pitch-accurate MIDI. With such a bass, a universe of opportunity awaits. Various manufacturers, to varying degrees of success, have tried to conquer this significant engineering challenge. Next to the plate? The Industrial Radio MIDI bass. The technology looks promising (check out the website for an in-depth description), and I dig the high-end touches, like the Nordstrand Big Split pickups. Price TBD Contact

Image placeholder title

New Gear, November 2011

Although it’s not specifically designed for bass, the MXR Analog Chorus manages to leave the bottom end untouched—set the low frequency control flat, in fact, for a touch more booty.


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


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.

Image placeholder title

New Gear: November 2012

Besides a 5-band EQ with ±18dB at 50Hz, 160Hz, 630Hz, 2.5kHz, and 12kHz, HAO’s Bass Liner preamp—co-designed by Phil Jones of Phil Jones Bass—offers true-bypass switching, a secondary direct output jack, and a mute switch.