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NAMM '16 - L.R. Baggs Stadium Electric Bass DI Demo

NAMM '16 - L.R. Baggs Stadium Electric Bass DI Demo

February 9, 2016
The acoustic pickup and preamp pioneers dip their toe in the bass DI world to help gigging bassists.
Cage the Elephant’s Brad Shultz and Daniel Tichenor

Cage the Elephant’s Brad Shultz and Daniel Tichenor

February 9, 2016
For their new album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, the group took a trip to the ’60s in producer Dan Auerbach’s Wayback Machine.
Babicz and AP International Introduce the Z Series Babicz 4-String Bass Bridge

Babicz and AP International Introduce the Z Series Babicz 4-String Bass Bridge

February 9, 2016
The bridge is a direct replacement upgrade for Fender Precision Bass or Jazz Bass-style bridges.
NAMM '16 - Two-Rock Amplification Cardiff Demo

NAMM '16 - Two-Rock Amplification Cardiff Demo

February 9, 2016
The California tone creators offer an EL84-amp with less compression, fuller/fatter midrange, and a stout low-end sound.
Suhr Unveils the Dual Boost

Suhr Unveils the Dual Boost

February 9, 2016
The Dual Boost features two independent modes each with their own Boost and Hi-Cut controls.
Vintage Vault: 1962 Gibson ES-175D

Vintage Vault: 1962 Gibson ES-175D

February 9, 2016
Though introduced 67 years ago, this classic archtop is still embraced by professional jazz guitarists.
NAMM '16 - Tone King Amplifiers Royalist 45 MK II Head & Combo, and Ironman II Mini Demos

NAMM '16 - Tone King Amplifiers Royalist 45 MK II Head & Combo, and Ironman II Mini Demos

February 8, 2016
Amp builder Mark Bartel adds some tweaks and updates to an old favorite for more of a sweet, singing JTM45 to raging Plexi/Super Lead sound and downsizes the footprint of his attenuator.
Ride’s Andy Bell: Addicted to Noise

Ride’s Andy Bell: Addicted to Noise

February 8, 2016
The shoegaze vet details his subversive sonic strategies and the creation of the reunited band’s '90s classics.
Vintage Guitars Unveils the V501 and VEC501

Vintage Guitars Unveils the V501 and VEC501

February 8, 2016
Both models benefit from the addition of a rosewood bridge with a Graph Tech NuBone saddle.
NAMM '16 - Boss | Roland VB-2W, Waza Amp, VO-1, and Blues Cube Hot Demos

NAMM '16 - Boss | Roland VB-2W, Waza Amp, VO-1, and Blues Cube Hot Demos

February 8, 2016
The stompbox kingpins release two new noise makers—a vibrato and vocoder—and a pair of flexible amps.
NAMM '16 - Gretsch Golden Era, Players, and Streamliner Series Demos

NAMM '16 - Gretsch Golden Era, Players, and Streamliner Series Demos

February 8, 2016
The rockabilly kings turn out some flashy hollowbodies and semi-hollow 6-string beauties.
Charvel Announces New San Dimas and So-Cal Guitars

Charvel Announces New San Dimas and So-Cal Guitars

February 8, 2016
The models offer six discrete tonal variations by using the push-pull volume control in conjunction with the three-way switch.
Mojo Hand Fx El Guapo Review

Mojo Hand Fx El Guapo Review

February 8, 2016
Shape shifting silicon fuzz uses interactive controls and variable voltage.
NAMM '16 - Sadowsky Guitars Single Cut Bass, Satin Series, SA200 Bass Amplifier, LS 13, & SS 13 Demos

NAMM '16 - Sadowsky Guitars Single Cut Bass, Satin Series, SA200 Bass Amplifier, LS 13, & SS 13 Demos

February 7, 2016
The legendary luthier presents a few new handmade instruments and a new bass amp.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 1999 Yamaha AEX-502

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 1999 Yamaha AEX-502

February 7, 2016
A different set of pickups can bring a potentially great guitar to life.