New Gear, October 2011

Japanese company Luminlay offers Super Blue and Super Green glow-in-the-dark position markers and inlays that get charged by most stage lights.
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Luminlay fluorescent inlays

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Japanese company Luminlay offers Super Blue and Super Green glow-in-the-dark position markers and inlays that get charged by most stage lights. If you’re onstage and the venue’s lights don’t automatically charge your dots, though, you can just pull out Luminlay’s pocket-size light charger, which will do the job in seconds.

Price $20 for a set of side dots; $30–$32 for a set of glowing inlays; $9 for the charger

Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

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Zoom expands its portable Handy Recorder line with the H2n, which boasts five built-in mics and a 3.5mm external mic input. The H2n is also capable of 24-bit/96kHz WAV or 320kbps MP3 recording, and it features a 1.8-inch LCD function display, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a built-in speaker, and a USB port (the H2n can act as either a USB card reader or USB mic when linked to a computer). You can record to a 32GB SD/SDHC card (a 2GB card is included).

Price $200

MXR M87 Bass Compressor

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Dunlop throws down the gauntlet with its new, totally analog MXR M87 Bass Compressor, which features the usual compression controls—ATTACK, RELEASE, RATIO, INPUT, and OUTPUT—and ten seriously bright gain-reduction status LEDs. The durable, lightweight pedal is capable of the full spectrum of compression, from subtle peak limiting to hard squashing, and it’s all packed into an aluminum housing the size of a Phase 90.

Price $320

Jackson X & JS Series Basses

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Jackson Guitars’ X-series now includes entry-level, EMG HZequipped 4- and 5-strings to its line of Dave Ellefson signature models. The company’s JS series now includes the passive J2-2 4-string (left), the active JS-3 4-string (center), and the active JS-3 5-string (right), which all feature Indian cedro bodies, bolt-on maple necks with Indian rosewood fingerboards, 24 jumbo frets, dual high-output humbuckers, high-mass bridges, and black hardware.

Price TBD

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Fender Blacktop Precision & Jazz Basses

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Fender’s new Blacktop basses have alder bodies, “C”-shape maple necks, volume/ volume/tone controls,

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high-mass bridges, and 20 medium jumbo frets—but what really sets them apart are their pickups: The P-Bass has two Blacktop humbuckers, and the J-Bass features dual Blacktop split-coil Precision Bass pickups.

Price $700


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New Gear, August 2011

Here’s the long and the short of it: The 34”-scale Les Paul Standard Bass Oversized (at right) has a chambered mahogany body, mahogany neck, and carved maple top, while the 30w”-scale LP Junior DC Bass (at left) has a mahogany body and neck, and is available in Gibson’s famed Pelham Blue finish.

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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


New Gear: February 2011

Waterstone might be better known for the 8- and 12-string basses they’ve built for Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson, but the company is no less skilled when it comes to designing axes for the rest of us.

New Gear, September 2011

The Go-Go Tuners TT-1 employs a microphone and a piezoelectric pickup, allowing players to use the tuner in a range of different sonic environments, and boasts a 360-degree swivel-mount display.