A look at some of the hottest new boutique guitars, amps, and pedals from the Oct. 5-6 show in Van Nuys, California.

Vivid Amps brought a "top secret" prototype bass amp to the L.A. Amp Show to get feedback from local players. At 500 watts and 8 pounds, it's designed to be both power efficient and lightweight. The price has yet to be set, but is scheduled to be released in time for Winter NAMM. Like all Vivid products, it will be made in the USA and come with a lifetime warranty.

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