Ernie Ball Music Man has reimagined and revoiced one of the most iconic basses in history. New electronics feature powerful neodymium magnets, which EBMM says "bring you more output and a wider tonal range". New features also include a 5-bold sculpted neck joint which "provides uninhibited access to all 22 frets", and enhanced body contours that are rounded for more comfort.
Reengineered lightweight tuning machines create a more balanced neck, and help bring the total weight of this bass down to an average of 8.5 pounds.
A newly designed 18-volt 3-Band preamp delivers more headroom than traditional 9-volt.
The Framus Idolmaker electric guitar gets a bass counterpart this year: The Warwick Idolmaker Bass can be ordered as a Custom Shop Masterbuilt (Handcrafted in Germany) or as a Pro Series Teambuilt (Made in Germany) instrument - either as 4 or 5 string bass, fretted or fretless. Features include carved mahogany body, bolt-on wenge neck, wenge fingerboard (on the fretted models) and Tigerstripe ebony fingerboard (on the fretless models), passive MEC vintage pickups, and active Warwick electronics.
Toulouse, France – July , 2018 – Zorg thought it be good to simplify its eight knob Glorious Basstar and came up with the Small Basstar, a great overdrive pedal for both bass and guitar players.
For bass, the Small Basstar inherits the Glorious Basstar qualities and still allows huge saturated sounds with fat bottom and clear attack. Yet light crunches are also possible. Despite its simplicity a huge span of settings are still available.
For guitar, the pedal gives a great vintage rock sound. With a lot of precision and a well defned attack, the pedal allows clean sounds, smooth crunches, futed leads or stoner fuzz...
Warwick has introduced a thinline acoustic bass to extend the RockBass Alien bass family. The hollow body of this instrument is much slimmer than standard acoustic basses. The RockBass Alien Deluxe Thinline Hybrid is available as 4 or 5 string, fretted or fretless versions. For a natural sound, a Shadow Nanomagnetic pickup in the fingerboard is combined with a piezo system under the bridge.
Other features of the RockBass Alien Deluxe Thinline Hybrid include: Solid spruce top, set-in mahogany neck, wenge fingerboard (fretted models), Tigerstripe Ebony fingerboard (fretless models), Warwick Just a Nut III Tedur nut, 24 jumbo nickel silver frets (fretted models), Shadow preamp with tuner, volume, balance and tone controls for each pickup, phase switch, bone saddle with end pins, Warwick Red Bronze strings, Warwick Security Locks, chrome hardware and Natural Transparent High Polish. A RockBag® Student Line Gigbag is included.
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John Ferrara, bassist for globetrotting psych-fusion stalwarts Consider the Source, brings his powerful solo compositions to life with the aid of virtuoso percussionist Seth Moutal in their debut album “Frail Things in Sharp Places” to be released on June 13, 2018.
“We wanted our debut to be an honest representation of ourselves,” John says. “While there’s a lot of shredding, Indian rhythms, looping and tapping, each song has immense emotional significance. We took our time to make sure nothing was gratuitous. This album is who we are. I play a 5-string bass and loop chords and melodies while playing basslines on my homemade Taurus pedals. Seth plays drum set, tablas, and a variety of hand percussion instruments. We play everything you hear on the album, and we try not to record it if we can’t do it live.” Moutal's plethora of percussive timbres blends with Ferrara's trademark cascading loops and growling hand-built synths to create an immersive tapestry of sound and groove....