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Newburgh, NY (Jan 16, 2012) -- After the success ofh the Super Alloy 52 Series for electric guitar, La Bella Strings is adding four new electric bass guitar sets

Newburgh, NY (Jan 16, 2012) -- After the success ofh the Super Alloy 52 Series for electric guitar, La Bella Strings is adding four new electric bass guitar sets to the series.

The Super Alloy 52 Series strings are both bright and tarnish-proof. The design of the outer wrap contains a high-iron content (48%). This increases the strings’ magnetic properties, thus enhancing its electronic response. The wrap’s alloy also includes a high content of nickel (52%) preventing the strings from tarnishing. Unlike coated strings, the composition of Super Alloy 52s never compromises tone and clarity.

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Bogner's beastliest amp is made miniature—and still slays.

Excellent sounds in a portable and very affordably priced package.

A footswitchable clean channel and onboard reverb would make it perfect.

$329

Bogner Ecstasy Mini
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The original Bogner Ecstasy, released in 1992, is iconic in heavy rock circles. Though it was popularized and preferred by rock and metal artists (Steve Vai and Brad Whitford were among famous users), its ability to move from heavy Brit distortion to Fender-like near-clean tones made it appealing beyond hard-edged circles. Even notorious tone scientist Eric Johnson was enamored with its capabilities.

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Rig Rundown: IDLES

See how chaotic co-pilots Mark Bowen and Lee Kiernan bring five pedalboards to mutilate, mangle, and mask their guitars into bass, synth, hip-hop beats, raging elephant sounds, and whatever “genk” is.

Do you hear that thunder? That’s the sound of strength in numbers. Specifically, it's the sound of four 100-watt stacks. (Actually, one is a 200-watt bass tube head.) IDLES’ guitarists Mark Bowen and Lee Kiernan finally have the firepower to match their fury. (Original members singer/lyricist Joe Talbot, drummer Jon Beavis, and bassist Adam Devonshire fill out the band. Kiernan took over for guitarist Andy Stewart after 2015 EP Meat was released.)

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