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Featuring Bi-Coil Jazz Pickups and Studio-Quality 18v Pre-Amp
Following in the footsteps of G&L’s acclaimed MJ-4 four-string, the new MJ-5 brings all of the features of the MJ-4 into a 5-string platform, with re-engineered Bi-coil Alnico V pickups paired with the MJ-spec preamp/control system for a wide range of single-coil tones from classic jazz to far beyond, all without single-coil hum.
A G&L Alnico Bi-Coil pickup looks just like a traditional Alnico single-coil pickup, but under the cover are two side-by-side coils configured in series-humbucking mode. These new pickups are optimized for a specially tuned version of G&L’s studio-quality M-spec preamp and control system, dubbed MJ-spec. The 18v system features volume, pan and +/-14dB 3-band EQ with center detents, and is powered by twin 9v batteries housed in an easy-access compartment. With an LF442 chip, 100v poly caps, 1% metal film resistors and big, fat signal traces on the mil-spec circuit board, this preamp...
Want to sound and feel like you have a huge amp stack behind you, but no one else needs to hear it? Porter & Davies, worldwide leaders in Tactile Monitoring, are proud to announce the launch of their revolutionary KT Platform, which uses the transmission of sound by Kinetic Transfer (KT) to enable musicians to feel and hear their playing internally, instead of relying on conventional audio methods.
Perfect for bass players, the KT Platform gives a full and faithful transfer of the sound and the weight of the sound through bone conduction. There is no time lag. It's not just a low-end rumble: All notes are faithfully transmitted, including harmonics.
The KT Platform will give you that stage shaking excitement that other monitors (in-ears, in particular) don't deliver. You can choose to monitor just your own instrument, or take a mix from the monitor board and lock into the groove in a way you've never felt before. It can be driven by any of the three Porter & Davies engines the...
New for NAMM 2015, Orange Amplification is delighted to introduce the OB1 Series of class A/B rack mountable bass amplifier heads with the OB1-300 and OB1-500. For years bassists have been combining guitar and bass amps to remarkable effect, adding harmonics and layers of overdrive from a guitar amp to their core bass tone in pursuit of the ultimate live sound. Taking their inspiration from this ‘bi-amping’ trend, Orange has produced two stunning new models that takes care of this in one package, addressing the demands of modern bassists.
The OB1 splits the input instrument signal into two separate, totally analogue paths. One side amplifies the clean signal, with all the clarity and...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (January 22, 2015) Fender is proud to announce the release of several new bass guitars at the 2015 NAMM Show.
Its one of the most common modification requests we get for Precision basses: the remarkable tonal versatility of an added Jazz Bass® bridge pickup. The Limited Edition American Standard PJ Bass is a great American Standard Precision Bass® - the rock solid stalwart of the bass worldwith the extra functionality of a singing, snarling Jazz Bass bridge pickup and a thinner Jazz Bass neck for faster action.
The bassist who wants a distinctively stylish active instrument, a versatile combination of Precision Bass and Jazz Bass design, and affordability that wont break the bank will find the Deluxe Active Precision Bass Special Okoume a sophisticated Deluxe performer loaded with special features. The body is fashioned from okoume, an African hardwood with an attractive straight grain and distinctive reddish-brown hue. Together with a...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (January 22, 2015) Fender is proud to announce the release of the Bassman® 500, Rumble 210 Cabinet and Rumble 115 Cabinet.
The Bassman 500 combines Fenders world-standard Blackface tube preamp with a lightweight 500 watt Class D power amp. It uses modern technology to maximize vintage vibe, with Fender '60s Blackface styling and a wealth of innovative features on the front and rear panels. Its dual-channel design features a vintage channel that delivers the full, warm sound of classic Fender amps with a passive tone stack and an overdrive channel that delivers the aggressive and responsive sound of a modern active tone stack (choose between channels with included footswitch). The Bassman 500 mates perfectly with Bassman Pro Series Neo speaker cabinets and Rumble V3 410/115 cabinets. Available February 10, 2015.
Rumble V3 speaker cabinets have been re-voiced and re-engineered to produce superior sonic detail and...
Anaheim, CA– January 22, 2015 - - Ashdown has worked with a number of FUNK Masters over the past 30+ years of making bass amps. The desire to create an amplifier which meets the requirements for absolute fidelity and clarity, precision tone shaping and masses of power on tap for stunning dynamics, continues to this day.
The result is the Retroglide-800, an 800 Watts RMS funk powerhouse with hi and low impedance instrument inputs, 12-band graphic EQ @30hz to 15Khz + or -15dB, post EQ balanced DI output, mute switch with LED indicator, Output protect LED indicator just in case things get too hot under the hood, line input, effects loop and speaker output Nuetrik combi jack/speakon connector.
A hand machined 6mm alloy panel adorns the front of the Retroglide, machined to protect the sliders from being knocked in transport. Housed in an engineered mild steal lid, designed to protect the input and output knobs as well as provide steady airflow...