New Gear : October 2010

With two new additions to its venerable BBline (stands for “Broad Bass”—who knew?), Yamaha is continuing to capitilize on a good thing.


Yamaha BB Basses

With two new additions to its venerable BBline (stands for “Broad Bass”—who knew?), Yamaha is continuing to capitilize on a good thing. The new BB2024X and BB2025X (pictured) bring Yamaha’s Acoustic Resonance Enhancement, designed to give new instruments vintage tone, to the BB line.
Price $2,800



Those looking for a sub-$100 powered pedalboard finally have a good option from SKB. It even includes a heavy-duty ballistic nylon carry bag.
Price $99.99


Manson John Paul Jones Signature E-Bass

Modeled after the legendary Led Zeppelin bass man’s go-to bass for the past 16 years, the John Paul Jones Signature features a figured maple top, ebony fingerboard, EMG pickups, Hipshot D-Tuner, and Badass Bridge. Dancing days are here again!

Price $3,200



TheAirtightGarage Artemis

A killer-looking new all-tube head with 70 watts and two separate preamp paths? Sign me up!
Price $1,500



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 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

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New Gear: October 2009

Ibanez SR780  Ibanez has gotten a lot of mileage out of its basic Soundgear design. The comfy, thin-necked instrument can be found in iterations spanning the price spectrum. Ibanez also frequently delivers excellent value, as the new SR780 demonstrates. Its 5-piece jatoba/bubinga neck, spalted maple sides, and oval abalone inlays give it a decidedly high-end look, despite its relatively low price. Additi