With their heavy-duty Neutrik connectors and fire-retardant sheath, FM Cables’ new Speakons are built to last, and if their three standard lengths—5’, 6.5’, and 10’—don’t work for you, go ahead and order a custom cable.
Strum ’em all at once or pluck ’em one by one: Either way, this polyphonic pedal, equipped with a brighter display than its predecessor, as well as a strobe tuner and a “total recall” function for custom tunings, will help you get tuned up. The Polytune 2 also boasts true bypass with silent tuning and a DC output so you can power other pedals.
Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass V Special
The Jaguar Bass V features a Jaguar-style body with a Fender-designed P/J pickup configuration, and boasts an active bass-boost circuit, separate volume knobs for each pickup, and a master tone control. Available in black, crimson red, transparent, and three-color sunburst, the V has a maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, and 20 medium jumbo frets, and rocks a low B.
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Modern Player Jazz Basses
Humbucker lovers will find plenty to like in Fender’s Modern Player 4- and 5-string Jazz Basses, which feature a pair of redesigned humbuckers in place of the traditional single-coil Jazz pickups. A 4-position rotary pickup switcher gives players access to all the options—both pickups, middle pickup with the outer coil of the bridge pickup, bridge pickup with the outer coil of the middle pickup, and the outer coil of middle pickup with the outer coil of the bridge pickup.
Street Jazz Bass, $500; Jazz Bass V, $600
V-4B, SVT-112AV & SVT-212AV
Ampeg’s V-4B is a 100-watt all-tube bass amp based on the classic ’70s-era V-4. The V-4B keeps things simple with a 3-band EQ—including a midrange frequency toggle and switches for Ultra-Hi and Ultra-Lo boosts. A pair of 12AX7s in the preamp, a driver with a 12AX7 and a 12AU7, and four JJ 6L6GC power tubes help give the V-4B its oldschool flavor. A balanced XLR output and separate 2Ω, 4Ω, and 8Ω outputs for various cabinet combinations lie in back. The V-4B weighs in at only 41 pounds. Players looking for matching Ampeg cabs are in luck: The company’s new 45-pound SVT-112AV (300 watts, 8Ω) 1x12 and 66-pound SVT-212AV (600 watts, 4Ω) 2x" compression drivers with a 3-way level controls.
Street V-4B, $1,300; SVT-112AV, $500; SVT-212AV, $700