The new version of Sheehan's pedal has a slimmer design and individual effects loops.

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Bromma, Sweden (January 23, 2019) -- When Billy Sheehan first turned to EBS to create his signature pedal, he needed to capture the essence of his sound in a pedal to serve him when he could not bring his entire rig. It turned out so great it has been a significant part of his main setup ever since and served thousands of other bass players as well. NAMM 2019, marks the introduction of the 3rd edition - the EBS Billy Sheehan Ultimate Signature Drive.

“This pedal is a distillate of several important principles in the signal chain for bass. Compression, distortion, tone-shaping and blending all together.”, Billy said when EBS released his first signature pedal in 2013. The original concept is still the same, but with more features added along the way.

Since the pedal splits the signal into two parallel paths – one clean and one with distortion – it becomes as if running the sound through two different bass rigs at the same time. The two Clean and Drive Level controls decides how you set the mix and melt the paths together. For a tighter, more defined sound you can engage the built-in compressor.

The Phase Inverter switch brings back more low-end to the drive channel. The Boost footswitch kicks up the drive gain a notch when needed, and the new Hi or Lo Frequency Filter will move the whole frequency spectrum of the Tone filter up or down, to extend the capabilities of the pedal.

The individual Effect Loops for each channel can be used to color the channels individually with external effects. The Clean Loop jack can also be used as a clean input if you have a bass that features dual outputs. It sounds great if you run the lows through the Clean Loop jack while the mids/highs go through the main input, which leaves the lows untouched and only the higher frequencies treated by the drive.

The ‘Ultimate’ edition has a new slimmer design and will start shipping shortly after NAMM.

Price: $249.99

How can you maintain your bass sound in all kinds of situations - without using a digital device or bringing out your entire rig? EBS answer the question with the new EBS MicroBass 3 preamp.

The EBS MicroBass 3 is a 2-channel preamp, built exclusively with premium components. It is engineered by EBS in Sweden with technologies from the famous HD360 and Fafner II amplifier designs.

Run the Clean and Drive channels in series or parallel. Use the dual balanced XLR-outputs to tap the signal post and pre EQ at the same time. With 10 Mohms input impedance, it handles any type of bass - passive, active or with piezo pickups.

The built-in tuner makes it easy to tune between songs without the need of an external device. The MicroBass 3 also carries an onboard compressor, similar to the one found on several EBS amplifiers, and several more features.

The analog EBS MicroBass 3 ensures your sound - every time.

Price: $349.99

Over the recent years, the original flat patch cable design by EBS has set a new standard for wiring pedalboards efficiently. EBS now introduce a flat patch cable series with improved performance - the High Performance (HP) flat patch cables.

EBS High Performance (HP) ‘black gold’ flat patch cables offer the most excellent performance yet of the EBS patch cables.

The new tin plated copper braid shield improves the shielding capability immensely to guarantee no signal loss on your pedalboard. It also improves the durability of the cables.

The contact has a 24K Gold plated tip, black chrome finish, and a ribbed surface on the side of the housing for better grip and a differentiated look.

Features:

  • Black Chromed/Gold plated contacts.
  • Extremely well-shielded cables with PVC and tin plated copper braid shields.
  • Extremely low capacitance & resistance.
  • Extremely compact size and flexible cables ensure efficient use of space on your pedalboard.
  • Available in four lengths; 10, 18, 28 and 58 cm.

Price TBA

EBS breaks new ground with a lightweight bass amp featuring a new Class D power module co-developed by EBS that truly handles a 2-ohm load.

The EBS Reidmar 502 handles a 2-ohm load so it can drive two 4-ohm cabinets simultaneously. To our knowledge, it is the first lightweight amp in the 500W-range that truly does that. And it does it with conviction too.

Due to EBS clever developed Soft-clip design, the Reidmar 502 makes efficient use of all the power at hand. That means more punch and a lot less compressed sound than with lightweight amplifiers using automatic limiters to prevent clipping. It prevents the bass tone from sounding muddy and keep the lows solid on higher volumes.

The preamp gives you full control and can bring out anything from a warm nice low end, brilliant highs and mids that cut through the mix when you need it.

The Reidmar 502 also features EBS famous onboard compressor, a balanced XLR recording output, effects loop, and headphones output for late night practice sessions without waking up your neighbors.

With the price at $549.99 only, it means great value for the money. Paired with a great cabinet (or two) it will handle all your needs without compromise.

The EBS Reidmar 502 starts shipping shortly after NAMM.

Price: $549.99

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