Paired with headphones and a bass, this little black box can create a freeing experience.
Clip 1: Bass at 1 o’clock, mids at 11 o’clock, highs at 1 o’clock.
Compact and light with nice-sounding preamp. Handy recording interface. Eight hours of playing time per charge.
Pricey if only using as a headphone amp.
Ashdown Tone Pocket
Ease of Use:
Headphone amps are nothing new, but they continue to get smaller and more feature rich. The svelte and stealthy Ashdown Tone Pocket is no exception. It’s about an inch tall with an approximately 4" x 4" footprint and weighs all of a half-pound, making it right at home in a guitar-case compartment, gig bag, or under your pillow.
The Tone Pocket’s command center is its 3-band EQ: bass, mid, and treble dials with +/- 15 dB on each band. A volume dial rounds out the control quartet. After the short time it took to put headphones on and plug in my bass, I was gifted with transparent and distortion-free tone with plenty of volume and headroom, and no worries about upsetting a family member or neighbor. A little bump on the bass and treble controls was all I needed to set and forget.
Around back there are 10V and 12V power-supply options, a balanced line out, and a USB port, which functions as a third power-supply option and a link to your DAW of choice. It was a breeze setting up the Tone Pocket as an interface for recording a couple sound clips. More importantly, I didn’t experience any latency issues to speak of. The Tone Pocket’s price tag isn’t exactly pocket change, but when inspiration strikes, you have quick and easy (and good) amplified sound at the ready.
Test gear: Fender Precision, Orange O Bass, Monster Inspiration headphones
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This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
Adding to the company’s line of premium-quality effects pedals, Missing Link Audio has unleashed the new AC/Overdrive pedal. This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal – the only Angus & Malcom all-in-one stompbox on the market – brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
The AC/OD layout has three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone. That user-friendly format is perfect for quickly getting your ideal tone, and it also offers a ton of versatility. MLA’s new AC/OD absolutely nails the Angus tone from the days of “High Voltage” to "Back in Black”. You can also easily dial inMalcom with the turn of a knob. The pedal covers a broad range of sonic terrain, from boost to hot overdrive to complete tube-like saturation. The pedal is designed to leave on all the time and is very touch responsive. You can get everything from fat rhythm tones to a perfect lead tone just by using your guitar’s volume knob and your right-hand attack.
- Three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone
- Die-cast aluminum cases for gig-worthy durability
- Limited lifetime warranty
- True bypass on/off switch
- 9-volt DC input
- Made in the USA
MLA Pedals AC/OD - Music & Demo by A. Barrero
Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters are designed to offer a fat midrange and a smooth top end.
Billy Corgan was looking for something for heavier Smashing Pumpkins songs, so Joe Naylor designed the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One pickup. Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters have a fat midrange and a smooth top end. This pickup combines the drive and sustain of a humbucker with the percussive attack and string clarity of a P90. Get beefy P90 tone plus amp-pummeling output with the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One.
Patented Railhammer Pickups take passive guitar pickups to a new level with rails under the wound strings lead to tighter lows, and poles under the plain strings offer fatter heights. With increased clarity, the passive pickup’s tone is never sterile.
Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Z-One Pickup Demo
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Designed for utmost comfort and performance, the Vertigo Ultra Bass is Mono’s answer to those who seek the ultimate gigging experience.
Complete with a range of game-changing design features, such as the patent-pending attachable FREERIDE Wheel System, premium water-resistant and reflective materials, shockproof shell structure and improved ergonomic features, the Vertigo Ultra Bass takes gear protection to the next level.
The Vertigo Ultra Bass features:
- Patent-pending FREERIDE Wheel System that allows for wheels to be attached on the case in no time, giving you the option to travel with it seamlessly
- Upgraded materials, including a water-resistant 1680D Ballistic Nylon outer shell, plush inner lining and new reflective trim for maximum backstage and night visibility
- Enhanced protection with a shockproof shell structure and heavy-duty water-resistant YKK zippers for protection from the elements
- Improved ergonomics and functionality including added back support and load-lifting detachable shoulder straps with side release buckles
- Flexible storage options with added space for touring essentials