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Claas Guitars made its first appearance at Musikmesse, bringing along an impressive array of extended-range instruments, including these two iterations of luthier Aleksander Claas' custom Moby Dick models. Both feature stainless steel frets and a push-push pot for pickup switching, while the 9-string features a 26"-29" scale, fanned frets, an ash-and-nut-burl body, wenge-and-maple neck, and Lace Alumitone Deathbar pickups. The 25.5"-scale 6-string has an ash-and-plum-burl body, ovangkol neck, and EMG pickups.

A 2x2 USB-C audio interface for macOS, iOS, and Windows, designed to kickstart any music or content creation project in the studio or on the go.

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The Hosa MPA-149 Mic Preamp provides an immediate 26dB’s of gain with a -97dBu signal-to-noise ratio, giving users a clean and immediate gain boost for louder, clearer microphone performance.
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The Deluxe Atlantic Baritone and Deluxe SS Baritone were designed to offer exceptional comfort and vivid, articulate tone—unmistakably different from most baritone offerings.

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