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The HAO Bass Liner provides extra boost in signal for those standout moments, great tonal accuracy, and a flexible 5-band EQ.

Over the last few years, more and more bassists have found practical applications for preamp pedals. Traditionally used for additional tone-shaping options, some of these pedals also provide an extra boost in signal when needed for those standout moments. Japanese designer HAO has recently thrown their hat (or box) into an ever-expanding ring of preamp pedals, working with amplification expert Phil Jones in designing the Bass Liner. And the result is a 5-band EQ that provides flexible enhancements in an easy-to-use package.

Say HAO-dy to the Bass Liner
The simple layout of the solidly constructed Bass Liner invites the player to jump right in and experiment with its EQ. Phil Jones’ touch is evident in the five upper knobs, for the EQ frequency centers are ones that he favors on many of his amplifiers. With a middle detent to prevent any unnecessary coloration, each knob offers 18 dB of boost or cut.

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All photos courtesy SINGLECOIL (www.singlecoil.com)

We're getting close to the end of our journey. We've aged most of the metal parts on our project guitar, so now let's take care of the output jack, knobs, back plate, and pickguard.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. This month, we'll continue with the aging process of our Harley Benton DC-Junior project guitar (which is a copy of a 1958 Les Paul Junior Double Cut), taking a closer look at the pickguard while aging the rest of the hardware discussed in the last part of this series ["DIY Relic'ing: Harley Benton DC-Junior Electronics"]. If you need a refresher on our aging process for hardware, refer back to "DIY Relic'ing: Break the Shine" for guidance. You can see the parts we'll be discussing today in their "finished" form, aka relic'd, in Photo 1.

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