Luminlay fluorescent inlays
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
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).
MXR M87 Bass Compressor
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.
Jackson X & JS Series Basses
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.
Fender Blacktop Precision & Jazz Basses
Fender’s new Blacktop basses have alder bodies, “C”-shape maple necks, volume/ volume/tone controls,
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.