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Musikmesse 2011: Achtung Babies

May 17, 2011
Acres upon sprawling acres of instruments and ever-flowing taps of ale (or bier, as the locals say) aren't all that differentiate Musikmesse from its gear-show counterparts in America and elsewhere. Of course, the NAMM shows in Anaheim and Nashville have tons of titillating tone toys, too, but this annual gathering of music manufacturers in Frankfurt, Germany—which was held this year from April 6–9—is a refreshing opportunity to sample sonic and design flavors that aren’t quite as common at stateside gear shows.

Here, luthiers like Switzerland’s Claudio Pagelli and Hungary’s Balázs Mihályi, Zoltán Mihályi, and Zoltán Ughy (from Blasius Guitars) parade eclectic designs while heavyweight European manufacturers like Warwick, Framus, and Hughes & Kettner host visitors in huge, bustling, and often loud exhibit spaces. US-based outfits like Fender, Gibson, and PRS usually take advantage of Musikmesse’s springtime schedule to unleash at least a couple of new items, too. And then there are promising upstarts like Stark Amps and Nick Page Guitars turning heads with unique, beautifully built designs.


LEFT: This dashing dandy at the Gewa Bags booth had us wondering if we weren’t letting our sartorial standards slip. In the end, we decided our garb was rock ready but that we could also use a little more sun. Still, Gewa’s gigbags are pretty nice way to tote your axe. gewamusic.com RIGHT: Frankfurt’s New.MusicAcademy promoted its forward-thinking educational efforts by deploying several young ladies with a portable Vox amp, a Vox Virage electric, and an iPad stocked with song transcriptions.


LEFT: While we totally dig classic instruments, we also contend there’s not enough envelope pushing going on when it comes to stringed instrument design. That’s why we were psyched to come across the ViolaFon, an axe that lets you play standard guitar on frets 1 through 9, and then rip like Stéphane Grappelli—in wicked fi ddle style—higher up on the neck. We couldn’t help wondering what Page would have done to “Dazed and Confused” with one of these. violafon.com RIGHT: Bassist Alain Caron (left), drummer Damien Schmitt (behind Caron), and Frank Gambale tear it up for a big crowd at the plexiglass-enclosed Markbass performance booth. markbassit.com


LEFT: A crowd gathers to watch Hiwatt’s Alfonso Pinzon (back), an unnamed demo player, and PG’s Charles Saufley (right) and Shawn Hammond (middle) shoot a video demo of the new Hiwatt Custom 20 and Custom 50 heads (hiwatt.com), which are now being handwired in the US. Watch this and other Musikmesse demo videos at premierguitar.com.

Premier Guitar perused all this and more as we tirelessly walked the aisles of Musikmesse to chronicle the newest, most intriguing guitars, amps, and effects we could find. Actually, “tirelessly” isn’t quite the word—our dogs were barking pretty hard as we journeyed back and forth from one cavernous hall to the next—but the coolness of it all, in addition to our steadfast commitment to bring you as many drool-worthy demo videos as possible from the floor, kept us trudging onward despite the blisters and parched throats. So be sure to visit premierguitar.com/video to check out our lineup of professionally mic’d HD videos after reading about what we’ve assembled here. Enjoy!



Guitars


Pagelli Andre Archtop and Ekolette Solidbody
Few luthiers design with so little regard to boundaries—real or perceived—as Swiss builder Claudio Pagelli. He builds inspired acoustics, archtops, and electrics with an irreverent aesthetic that rarely stays on one path very long. The Andre archtop (left) was built to celebrate his 30th anniversary in business and features a body and neck of Canadian maple, a top crafted from moon-cut Swiss alpine spruce, ebony binding, Schertler tuners with tagua-nut buttons, and a Häussel pickup. Like so many of Pagelli’s designs, it pulls off the tough act of being classic and deconstructionist at once.

As for the Ekolette (right), it seems to be a blend of the extroverted stylings of Italian electrics from Bartolini, Eko, and Gimelli. Its name, says Pagelli, is a mix of Eko and Echolette—a German amp company from the ’60s and ’70s—and the shape is based on a bass design from years ago. “We always thought it would be a great shape for an electric guitar.” Specs include a mahogany body and neck, a maple top, an Indian rosewood fretboard, Q-tuner neodymium pickups, Gotoh bridge, and Kluson-style tuners. “The back and sides match the color of the pickups,” Pagelli explains, “but the rest is covered with vintage-stock Italian mother-of-toilet-seat [pearloid]. The sound is very open and clear—almost acoustic—but with lots of sustain.”
pagelli.com




(LEFT) Gibson Les Paul Studio Baritone

Fans of growling baritones channeled via brawny 496R (neck) and 500T (bridge) humbuckers have cause to celebrate at the sight of this 28"-scale beauty with a “’50s Rounded” neck profile and Grover tuners. Finished in pretty honeyburst, this thump machine looked bossy just hanging there.
gibson.com

(RIGHT) Lâg Imperator I3000 Master
Michel Lâg Chavaria brought his guitars to the US just two years ago, but they’ve been something of a fixture in Europe for decades. The new Imperator I3000 Master has a mahogany body with a spalted, quilted, or flamed maple top, a choice of hardware finishes (“black satin,” nickel, or “antique gold”), and DiMarzio, Seymour Duncan, or EMG pickups.
lagguitars.com




PRS Bernie Marsden SE
Hardworking former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden has been honored with a signature PRS this year. This SE has a 24 1/2" scale, PRS SE 245 humbuckers in the bridge and neck positions, and a Wide Fat neck.
prsguitars.com




Nick Page Guitars Strich-II
Berlin-based Nick Page had some of the most stylish guitars on the Musikmesse floor this year. Though some of his designs pay subtle homage to classics from Supro, Zemaitis, and Rickenbacker, they’re dressed up with custom hardware and Page’s unique slotted headstock. The Strich-II shown here has a fiberglass body, vintage 1960s Filter’Tron pickups, a 3-way selector, Volume and Tone knobs, a Bigsby-style vibrato, and a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard and Dunlop 6105 fretwire.
nickpageguitars.com




Nik Huber Krautster II
When we visited Nik Huber at his workshop in Rodgau, Germany, after Musikmesse (keep an eye out for the forthcoming video tour on premierguitar.com), he told us the back-to-basics Krautser models (the one-pickup Krautster I and two-pickup Krautster II) have become his most successful designs. So it only made sense that he update the line a bit. Both versions are now available with an optional veneer of thin, oxidized silver (left and middle).
nikhuber-guitars.com




Duesenberg Rezobro
Perhaps the single most innovative guitar development at Musikmesse came from the folks at Duesenberg. The Rezobro features a semi-hollow mahogany body with a spruce top, and it enables you to blend remarkably realistic resonator tones with the electric tones from its bridge-position humbucker and neck-position P-90. While some in this day and age might expect this feat to be accomplished with digital processing or modeling, the Rezobro does it mechanically: A metal plate attached to the stop tailpiece extends up to the one-piece bridge, and two piezo pickups under the plate transmit the vibrations between it and the bridge. For more tonal variety, the metal plate also has adjustment screws for a tighter or looser resonator sound. Controls for the electronics include Master Volume, magnetic-pickup Volume, dual piezo Volumes, and a Master Tone knob, as well as a piezo toggle, and a 3-way magnetic-pickup selector. Other cool features include Duesenberg Z tuners and a nut with height screws for easily setting up slide-friendly action. The Vintage White version shown here was custom-built for Keb Mo.
duesenberg.de




(LEFT) Blasius Guitars
Hungary’s Blasius Guitars—which has primarily offered basses until this year’s Musikmesse—unveiled a new line of ornate custom solidbodies with deeply carved bodies and highly figured woods. The guitars shown here feature Sublime pickups (with matching wood covers in the left two models), and the guitars on the left and right feature a Schaller Hannes bridge.
blasiusguitars.com

(RIGHT) ESP
ESP had a bazillion guitars on the show floor. But none were quite as arresting as this touch of evil.
espguitars.com



Guitars


Pagelli Andre Archtop and Ekolette Solidbody
Few luthiers design with so little regard to boundaries—real or perceived—as Swiss builder Claudio Pagelli. He builds inspired acoustics, archtops, and electrics with an irreverent aesthetic that rarely stays on one path very long. The Andre archtop (left) was built to celebrate his 30th anniversary in business and features a body and neck of Canadian maple, a top crafted from moon-cut Swiss alpine spruce, ebony binding, Schertler tuners with tagua-nut buttons, and a Häussel pickup. Like so many of Pagelli’s designs, it pulls off the tough act of being classic and deconstructionist at once.

As for the Ekolette (right), it seems to be a blend of the extroverted stylings of Italian electrics from Bartolini, Eko, and Gimelli. Its name, says Pagelli, is a mix of Eko and Echolette—a German amp company from the ’60s and ’70s—and the shape is based on a bass design from years ago. “We always thought it would be a great shape for an electric guitar.” Specs include a mahogany body and neck, a maple top, an Indian rosewood fretboard, Q-tuner neodymium pickups, Gotoh bridge, and Kluson-style tuners. “The back and sides match the color of the pickups,” Pagelli explains, “but the rest is covered with vintage-stock Italian mother-of-toilet-seat [pearloid]. The sound is very open and clear—almost acoustic—but with lots of sustain.”
pagelli.com




(LEFT) Gibson Les Paul Studio Baritone

Fans of growling baritones channeled via brawny 496R (neck) and 500T (bridge) humbuckers have cause to celebrate at the sight of this 28"-scale beauty with a “’50s Rounded” neck profile and Grover tuners. Finished in pretty honeyburst, this thump machine looked bossy just hanging there.
gibson.com

(RIGHT) Lâg Imperator I3000 Master
Michel Lâg Chavaria brought his guitars to the US just two years ago, but they’ve been something of a fixture in Europe for decades. The new Imperator I3000 Master has a mahogany body with a spalted, quilted, or flamed maple top, a choice of hardware finishes (“black satin,” nickel, or “antique gold”), and DiMarzio, Seymour Duncan, or EMG pickups.
lagguitars.com




PRS Bernie Marsden SE
Hardworking former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden has been honored with a signature PRS this year. This SE has a 24 1/2" scale, PRS SE 245 humbuckers in the bridge and neck positions, and a Wide Fat neck.
prsguitars.com




Nick Page Guitars Strich-II
Berlin-based Nick Page had some of the most stylish guitars on the Musikmesse floor this year. Though some of his designs pay subtle homage to classics from Supro, Zemaitis, and Rickenbacker, they’re dressed up with custom hardware and Page’s unique slotted headstock. The Strich-II shown here has a fiberglass body, vintage 1960s Filter’Tron pickups, a 3-way selector, Volume and Tone knobs, a Bigsby-style vibrato, and a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard and Dunlop 6105 fretwire.
nickpageguitars.com




Nik Huber Krautster II
When we visited Nik Huber at his workshop in Rodgau, Germany, after Musikmesse (keep an eye out for the forthcoming video tour on premierguitar.com), he told us the back-to-basics Krautser models (the one-pickup Krautster I and two-pickup Krautster II) have become his most successful designs. So it only made sense that he update the line a bit. Both versions are now available with an optional veneer of thin, oxidized silver (left and middle).
nikhuber-guitars.com




Duesenberg Rezobro
Perhaps the single most innovative guitar development at Musikmesse came from the folks at Duesenberg. The Rezobro features a semi-hollow mahogany body with a spruce top, and it enables you to blend remarkably realistic resonator tones with the electric tones from its bridge-position humbucker and neck-position P-90. While some in this day and age might expect this feat to be accomplished with digital processing or modeling, the Rezobro does it mechanically: A metal plate attached to the stop tailpiece extends up to the one-piece bridge, and two piezo pickups under the plate transmit the vibrations between it and the bridge. For more tonal variety, the metal plate also has adjustment screws for a tighter or looser resonator sound. Controls for the electronics include Master Volume, magnetic-pickup Volume, dual piezo Volumes, and a Master Tone knob, as well as a piezo toggle, and a 3-way magnetic-pickup selector. Other cool features include Duesenberg Z tuners and a nut with height screws for easily setting up slide-friendly action. The Vintage White version shown here was custom-built for Keb Mo.
duesenberg.de




(LEFT) Blasius Guitars
Hungary’s Blasius Guitars—which has primarily offered basses until this year’s Musikmesse—unveiled a new line of ornate custom solidbodies with deeply carved bodies and highly figured woods. The guitars shown here feature Sublime pickups (with matching wood covers in the left two models), and the guitars on the left and right feature a Schaller Hannes bridge.
blasiusguitars.com

(RIGHT) ESP
ESP had a bazillion guitars on the show floor. But none were quite as arresting as this touch of evil.
espguitars.com



Guitar Amps

Palmer Drei
Perhaps best known for their speaker simulators, Palmer has a knack for amplifier innovation, too. The Drei enables you to combine the outputs from three types of GZ34/5AR4-rectified power tubes—an EL84, a 6V6, and a 6L6—via the Eins, Zwei, and Drei (One, Two, and Three). By varying those knobs, in addition to the preamp’s Klang (Tone), Normal Sättigung (Low-Frequency “muddy” overdrive), and Höhen Sättigung (high-frequency “tight” overdrive) controls, you can create numerous unique amalgams of Brit and Yank tones.
palmer-germany.com




Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18
Powered by twin EL84s, the TubeMeister features twin channels, each with Master and Gain knobs, a shared 3-band EQ, and Lead Boost and Channel Select buttons. Around back, there’s a four-step power soak for cranked-tube dynamics at whisper volume, in addition to built-in Red Box circuitry for silent recording with the company’s famous cabinet simulation.
hughes-and-kettner.com




Orange Dark Terror
The Terror just keeps getting more terrifying. A stroll by the bright and sizable Orange booth found us ducking a barrage of gain-charged riffery from the new Dark Terror. Like its blockbuster predecessor, the featherlight head doles out 15 class-A watts (switchable to 7) via two EL84s, but its tone stack—which is controlled by Volume, Shape, and Gain knobs—has morphed in a way that enables insanely dynamic switches between all-out Norwegian black metal evilness and cleaned-up bluesy wailing.
orangeamps.com




Stark Amps Stark 1
This handsome little point-to-point-wired head features a delectable textured-grid covering and knobs for Gain, Drive, Treble, Middle, Bass, Presence, and Master. It can run off EL34 or 6L6 power tubes for 20, 35, or 50 watts of class AB power, and its single-channel design is made more versatile by a boost feature that’s activated via the front-panel toggle or a footswitch. Rear-panel features include an XLR direct out and a serial effects loop.
stark-amps.com




Koch Jupiter and Startrooper
Koch Amps’ two new hybrid amps—the Jupiter and Startrooper—pair a 12AX7-driven preamp with a solidstate power section. Each has two EQ-sharing channels and a boost function. The Jupiter summons biting cleans and brawny blues-rock distortion via a 12" Jensen with a neodymium magnet, while the Startrooper uses a Koch 12" speaker that’s voiced like a Celestion Vintage 30 to prime the storm trooper in you for higher-gain applications.
koch-amps.com




Laney Ironheart
You couldn’t miss the IronHeart barking, purring, and roaring from Laney’s impressive demo stage at Musikmesse. But despite its raw power and intimidating moniker, it’s an amp of many personalities, thanks to its three flexibly voiced channels and a continuously variable 1-120-watt output knob that helped it sound sweet when purring low or screaming like a banshee at full force.
laney.co.uk




Fender Super-Sonic Twin
Fender’s Super-Sonic line has always offered Jekyll-and-Hyde vintage and modern voicings wrapped in classic Fender livery. The 100-watt, 6L6-driven Super-Sonic Twin (lower left; at upper right the new Super-Sonic 100 head sits atop Super-Sonic 100 4x12 cabs, and the Super-Sonic 60 combo is at lower right) has a 25-watt Club mode, can be switched between Twin and Bassman voices, and has an exceedingly nasty Burn section that covers major sonic territory.
fender.com



Guitar Amps

Palmer Drei
Perhaps best known for their speaker simulators, Palmer has a knack for amplifier innovation, too. The Drei enables you to combine the outputs from three types of GZ34/5AR4-rectified power tubes—an EL84, a 6V6, and a 6L6—via the Eins, Zwei, and Drei (One, Two, and Three). By varying those knobs, in addition to the preamp’s Klang (Tone), Normal Sättigung (Low-Frequency “muddy” overdrive), and Höhen Sättigung (high-frequency “tight” overdrive) controls, you can create numerous unique amalgams of Brit and Yank tones.
palmer-germany.com




Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18
Powered by twin EL84s, the TubeMeister features twin channels, each with Master and Gain knobs, a shared 3-band EQ, and Lead Boost and Channel Select buttons. Around back, there’s a four-step power soak for cranked-tube dynamics at whisper volume, in addition to built-in Red Box circuitry for silent recording with the company’s famous cabinet simulation.
hughes-and-kettner.com




Orange Dark Terror
The Terror just keeps getting more terrifying. A stroll by the bright and sizable Orange booth found us ducking a barrage of gain-charged riffery from the new Dark Terror. Like its blockbuster predecessor, the featherlight head doles out 15 class-A watts (switchable to 7) via two EL84s, but its tone stack—which is controlled by Volume, Shape, and Gain knobs—has morphed in a way that enables insanely dynamic switches between all-out Norwegian black metal evilness and cleaned-up bluesy wailing.
orangeamps.com




Stark Amps Stark 1
This handsome little point-to-point-wired head features a delectable textured-grid covering and knobs for Gain, Drive, Treble, Middle, Bass, Presence, and Master. It can run off EL34 or 6L6 power tubes for 20, 35, or 50 watts of class AB power, and its single-channel design is made more versatile by a boost feature that’s activated via the front-panel toggle or a footswitch. Rear-panel features include an XLR direct out and a serial effects loop.
stark-amps.com




Koch Jupiter and Startrooper
Koch Amps’ two new hybrid amps—the Jupiter and Startrooper—pair a 12AX7-driven preamp with a solidstate power section. Each has two EQ-sharing channels and a boost function. The Jupiter summons biting cleans and brawny blues-rock distortion via a 12" Jensen with a neodymium magnet, while the Startrooper uses a Koch 12" speaker that’s voiced like a Celestion Vintage 30 to prime the storm trooper in you for higher-gain applications.
koch-amps.com




Laney Ironheart
You couldn’t miss the IronHeart barking, purring, and roaring from Laney’s impressive demo stage at Musikmesse. But despite its raw power and intimidating moniker, it’s an amp of many personalities, thanks to its three flexibly voiced channels and a continuously variable 1-120-watt output knob that helped it sound sweet when purring low or screaming like a banshee at full force.
laney.co.uk




Fender Super-Sonic Twin
Fender’s Super-Sonic line has always offered Jekyll-and-Hyde vintage and modern voicings wrapped in classic Fender livery. The 100-watt, 6L6-driven Super-Sonic Twin (lower left; at upper right the new Super-Sonic 100 head sits atop Super-Sonic 100 4x12 cabs, and the Super-Sonic 60 combo is at lower right) has a 25-watt Club mode, can be switched between Twin and Bassman voices, and has an exceedingly nasty Burn section that covers major sonic territory.
fender.com



Guitar Effects


Vibesware Guitar Resonator GR-1 Sustainer

It was always a pleasure to walk by the Vibesware booth and get an earful of the odd and ethereal sounds created by the Vibesware Guitar Resonator GR-1 infinite sustainer. The mic-stand-mounted unit can sustain multiple strings simultaneously and, most importantly, frees your picking hand to engage in picking or vibrato-arm manipulation.
vibesware.com




T-Rex Gull Wah
The multivoiced Gull features auto-inspired aesthetics and a unique magnet-equipped treadle—which means there’s no wah potentiometer to wear out, even after years of lead-footed wailing. You can also select between three wah sounds, including a “yoy-yoy” setting that lends a heavily rounded, vowel-ish sound. It also has a Boost knob for when you want to get a little more aggressive, a Slope control for tailoring the EQ range, and a pot that enables you to dial in variable settings for the pedal’s action.
t-rex-effects.com




Elmwood Amps Woodpecker
Best known for its tube amplifiers, Elmwood Amps from Tanumshede, Sweden, offered a sneak peek of the JFETtransistor- based Woodpecker overdrive prototype. It’ll be in stores this summer, and it uses Gain, Shape, and Output controls to serve up serious boost power and extreme tone-shaping capabilities.
elmwoodamps.com




Line 6 POD HD
The desktop POD has been a mainstay studio asset for pros and hobbyists alike for years now. This latest version incorporates Line 6’s HD modeling technology to not only improve the authenticity of amp and effect models, but also to increase touch sensitivity and dynamics. It also includes more than 100 effects for nearly limitless tone combinations.
line6.com




Carl Martin HeadRoom
Fans of wet and whacked-out spring reverb will no doubt dig Carl Martin’s new HeadRoom, which uses an Accutronics spring reverb apparatus in a compact stompbox that can also be switched remotely if you want to place the unit out of range from stage vibrations— although listening to this thing rattle after a kick to the enclosure is a blast!
carlmartin.com




Duesenberg Effects
The always-on-the-move folks at Deusenberg unveiled updated versions of the Red Echo, White Drive, and Green Comp, as well as three all-new effects—the Blue Move chorus, Violet Trem tremolo, and Gold Boost booster—all are handwired and feature true-bypass circuitry.
duesenberg.de



Guitar Effects


Vibesware Guitar Resonator GR-1 Sustainer

It was always a pleasure to walk by the Vibesware booth and get an earful of the odd and ethereal sounds created by the Vibesware Guitar Resonator GR-1 infinite sustainer. The mic-stand-mounted unit can sustain multiple strings simultaneously and, most importantly, frees your picking hand to engage in picking or vibrato-arm manipulation.
vibesware.com




T-Rex Gull Wah
The multivoiced Gull features auto-inspired aesthetics and a unique magnet-equipped treadle—which means there’s no wah potentiometer to wear out, even after years of lead-footed wailing. You can also select between three wah sounds, including a “yoy-yoy” setting that lends a heavily rounded, vowel-ish sound. It also has a Boost knob for when you want to get a little more aggressive, a Slope control for tailoring the EQ range, and a pot that enables you to dial in variable settings for the pedal’s action.
t-rex-effects.com




Elmwood Amps Woodpecker
Best known for its tube amplifiers, Elmwood Amps from Tanumshede, Sweden, offered a sneak peek of the JFETtransistor- based Woodpecker overdrive prototype. It’ll be in stores this summer, and it uses Gain, Shape, and Output controls to serve up serious boost power and extreme tone-shaping capabilities.
elmwoodamps.com




Line 6 POD HD
The desktop POD has been a mainstay studio asset for pros and hobbyists alike for years now. This latest version incorporates Line 6’s HD modeling technology to not only improve the authenticity of amp and effect models, but also to increase touch sensitivity and dynamics. It also includes more than 100 effects for nearly limitless tone combinations.
line6.com




Carl Martin HeadRoom
Fans of wet and whacked-out spring reverb will no doubt dig Carl Martin’s new HeadRoom, which uses an Accutronics spring reverb apparatus in a compact stompbox that can also be switched remotely if you want to place the unit out of range from stage vibrations— although listening to this thing rattle after a kick to the enclosure is a blast!
carlmartin.com




Duesenberg Effects
The always-on-the-move folks at Deusenberg unveiled updated versions of the Red Echo, White Drive, and Green Comp, as well as three all-new effects—the Blue Move chorus, Violet Trem tremolo, and Gold Boost booster—all are handwired and feature true-bypass circuitry.
duesenberg.de



Bass Gear


Fernandes Jeff Walker Triturador (“Grinder”) Signature Bass

The Carcass bassist’s new 34"-scale namesake features a bound mahogany body and set neck, an ebony fretboard with inlays taken from the band’s 1992 Tools of the Trade EP, and a lightning-bolt soundhole. The EMG 35DC humbuckers are controlled by Volume, Blend, and Tone knobs, while a Gain knob and On/Off toggle govern the EBS overdrive circuit.
fernandesguitars.com




Palmer Deepressor, Uebertreiber, and Bazz Pedals
Palmer had a trio of new bass effects at Musikmesse. The Deepressor is a dedicated bass compressor with Sustain, Attack, and Level knobs. The Uebertreiber goes from clean boost to overdrive and features Clean, Gain, Tone, and Level knobs that let you also create an articulate mix of both. The Bazz bass fuzz has Fuzz, Tone, and Volume knobs, as well as a Mid Boost switch to emphasize the nastiest fuzz frequencies.
palmer-germany.com




Warwick Steve Bailey Signature 6-String Fretless
Steve Bailey’s list of collaborations is about 10 miles long, and it got that way because he can do just about anything on a bass. His new signature Warwick looked very much like an instrument that could keep up, too. With a snakewood fretboard, asymmetric neck radius, and cool electronic features like a harmonic enhancer that boosts high-mid content, it’s an endless well of tone.
warwickbass.com




AER Amp Three

The newest addition to AER’s Bottom Line series pumps 200 watts through two 8" speakers. Tone controls include a 3-band EQ, a Bass Boost function for +10 dB of kick at 55 Hz, a Colour knob that cuts mids and boosts treble, a Tone Balance control, and Ratio and Threshold controls for the compression circuit.
aer-amps.com




Hartke Kilo

Hartke's potent new head kicks out 1000 watts of bridged mono power that can be split into 500 watts of stereo power. It has a tube preamp, and front-panel controls include Overdrive, Compressor, Gain, Shape, Bass, Mid, and Treble knobs, in addition to a 10-band graphic EQ and Active, O.D., Mute, Brite, Shape, Deep, EFX, and GEO buttons.
hartke.com


Bass Gear


Fernandes Jeff Walker Triturador (“Grinder”) Signature Bass

The Carcass bassist’s new 34"-scale namesake features a bound mahogany body and set neck, an ebony fretboard with inlays taken from the band’s 1992 Tools of the Trade EP, and a lightning-bolt soundhole. The EMG 35DC humbuckers are controlled by Volume, Blend, and Tone knobs, while a Gain knob and On/Off toggle govern the EBS overdrive circuit.
fernandesguitars.com




Palmer Deepressor, Uebertreiber, and Bazz Pedals
Palmer had a trio of new bass effects at Musikmesse. The Deepressor is a dedicated bass compressor with Sustain, Attack, and Level knobs. The Uebertreiber goes from clean boost to overdrive and features Clean, Gain, Tone, and Level knobs that let you also create an articulate mix of both. The Bazz bass fuzz has Fuzz, Tone, and Volume knobs, as well as a Mid Boost switch to emphasize the nastiest fuzz frequencies.
palmer-germany.com




Warwick Steve Bailey Signature 6-String Fretless
Steve Bailey’s list of collaborations is about 10 miles long, and it got that way because he can do just about anything on a bass. His new signature Warwick looked very much like an instrument that could keep up, too. With a snakewood fretboard, asymmetric neck radius, and cool electronic features like a harmonic enhancer that boosts high-mid content, it’s an endless well of tone.
warwickbass.com




AER Amp Three

The newest addition to AER’s Bottom Line series pumps 200 watts through two 8" speakers. Tone controls include a 3-band EQ, a Bass Boost function for +10 dB of kick at 55 Hz, a Colour knob that cuts mids and boosts treble, a Tone Balance control, and Ratio and Threshold controls for the compression circuit.
aer-amps.com




Hartke Kilo

Hartke's potent new head kicks out 1000 watts of bridged mono power that can be split into 500 watts of stereo power. It has a tube preamp, and front-panel controls include Overdrive, Compressor, Gain, Shape, Bass, Mid, and Treble knobs, in addition to a 10-band graphic EQ and Active, O.D., Mute, Brite, Shape, Deep, EFX, and GEO buttons.
hartke.com