A feature-packed practice amp for low enders, with an impressive network of connections.
Recorded with Fender P using a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface into GarageBand.
Clip 1: KGB-800 Chorus preset (#28) engaged. Gain at 2 o’clock, bass at noon, mid at 10 o’clock, treble at 1 o’clock.
Clip 2: Frankensynth preset (#94) engaged. Gain at noon, bass at 2 o’clock, mid at noon, treble at 1 o’clock.
Big menu of presets, effects, and models, a tuner, wi-fi and Bluetooth, and pre- and post-processing XLR outs.
Easy to fall down the rabbit hole of effects and model experimentation and forget about the practicing part. No out for external speaker.
Fender Rumble Studio 40
Ease of Use:
The everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach can often fall flat, whether you’re talking music gear or a do-it-all power tool that also makes bread and gives facials. Fender’s Rumble Studio 40 for bassists has a whole bunch of stuff onboard, but happily also gets a bunch of it right.
It’s a 40-watt combo with a 10" speaker and switchable horn that utilizes the company’s GT engine for a bounty of effects and models to explore. The amp is light, at 19 pounds. It has a clean interface with smooth spinning dials, and the overall construction looks and feels solid. While there is plenty going on inside, even the most tech-challenged player can manage a huge variety of bass sounds right out of the box. The tweakier player will enjoy the deep editing and programming available via the control panel or Fender’s free Tone app.
The Rumble Studio 40 can muster impressive volume for its size and weight. The amp is ideal for practice or a spot near a computer for tracking (thank you, USB audio port), but it could also tackle a small coffeehouse gig with ease. I especially enjoyed the clean tones from amp models like the ’59 Bassman and British Watts, but I also derived inspiration scrolling through all the presets and sampling the large menu of effects. Many sounds were fun and quite usable, albeit some sounded more processed than others. Overall, it’s certainly a well-connected practice tool for the modern player—beginner or not—and it’s tough to scoff at the price when you consider its bag of goods.
Test Gear: Fender Precision, Orange O Bass
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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