A true hands-on professional, Steve Harris not only formed Iron Maiden (in 1975!), he writes the bulk of their songs, plays multiple instruments, mixes recordings, directs and edits both live and production videos, and sings. As if that wasn’t enough, Steve somehow finds time for British Lion, which he describes as a side project that’s more mainstream rock than metal.
When it comes to Steve’s rig, surprisingly it has barely changed in almost 40 years. What has never changed is his handmade custom pre-amp, the “Alectron,” as well as his prized custom vintage Marshall cabs loaded with EV speakers. While this collaboration began as a solution for touring with British Lion, as it wasn’t practical to travel with his full rig for smaller venues, the SH1 has earned a place as a component of his live sound on Iron Maiden's Legacy of the Beast 2019 tour.
When Tech 21 sent the original prototype of the pedal to Steve while in rehearsal with British Lion, he had this to say: "The tour...
The Minnow is a high quality, low noise bass preamp DI pedal equipped with our Bullhead EQ section. This single channel Bullhead preamp features shelving EQ’s for the BASS and TREBLE controls and variable band pass EQ’s for the LO MID and HI MID. A selectable mid frequency for both LO MID and HI MID controls provide complete control over the midrange. We've also added a HI SHIFT to the TREBLE frequency to further tune the cut/boost capability of the TREBLE control. In addition, the Minnow preamp includes a tuner out for silent tuning and a balanced XLR output for use as a DI, great for both live and studio use.
- Low noise solid state preamp
- Input Level Indicator: Signal level and Clip LEDs (green/red)
- Low noise solid state Preamp
- 4 Band EQ (+/- 12dB) with switchable Mid
- Shelving Bass and Treble
- Low-Mid and Hi-Mid - Variable Gain, Band Pass EQ with selectable frequency/bandwidth
- Hi-Shift treble frequency...
Austrian manufacturing startup BITE Guitars offers an entirely new approach to the custom bass through guitar building 4.0. This predominantly digitalized manufacturing method allows for high-quality individualization with short lead times. BITE's high-performance online configurator offers over 1bn different custom configurations under 1,000 euros (1,100$). It will take you less than a minute to breeze through the 16 configuration steps to your dream bass.
BITE's proprietary single and split coil pickups generate a record 1,000 millivolt output with pure passive technology. BITE custom basses are built with US alder bodies and hard maple necks. BITE Guitars consciously does without any tropical wood, they use steamed acacia (black locust) from the Vienna Woods instead of rosewood for fretboards. Configurator choices also include body art ornaments, individual pickup positioning and easy-to-modify solderless wiring.
BITE Guitars is a so-called DTC brand (direct-to-consumer),...
We’re excited to announce the release of the Ernie Ball Music Man Short-Scale StingRay bass. This new bass offers a big thumpy, round sound in a convenient smaller package. A 30” scale allows for easier playability due to the shorter spacing between the frets. A new custom humbucking pickup — equipped with higher output neodymium magnets — has been specially designed for the short scale bass, providing the bass with its signature warm tone. Electronics include a three-way rotary switch featuring parallel, true single-coil, and series modes.
Like its big brother the StingRay Special, the short scale bass comes standard with a modern classic bridge, 22 stainless steel frets, and new lightweight Music Man tuning machines with a finer gear ratio. Available in two brand-new, unique finishes: Ultramarine Blue and Raspberry Pearl. Available domestically now.
- Ash body
- 30″ scale length
- New arm contour rounded for more playing comfort at different positions
Cort expands the versatility of its Action Series of bass guitars with the new Action HH4, which provides players a two-humbucker configuration capable of producing a variety of sounds. In a series known for its affordability as well as its high craftsmanship, the Action HH4 stands out for its unique wiring configuration and its active/passive switching option that expands the tonal palette. A choice of three pearloid colors—Blood Red Metallic, Tasman Light Blue, and Black—allows players to get the look they desire at a price point they can afford. Additionally, the 5-string Action HH5 is available to players who desire greater range.
The Action HH4 features a pair of new VTB-H humbucker pickups with Alnico V magnets for a smooth, musical sound, with a powerful yet articulate punch in the low-midrange and bass registers. This is where the specially wired 5-way switch offers a distinct advantage, giving players the ability to choose each pickup on its own or both, as well as two...