Stompboxtober Day 15: Karma MTN-10

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Karma MTN-10 

The Karma MTN-10 captures the warm and wonderful character of the long out of production Ibanez Mostortion, an overdrive pedal especially popular with Nashville players for its amazing tube amp-like sound. As in the originals, we use the elusive CA3260 dual opamp chip. The Drive control covers a huge range of almost-clean to nicely overdriven tones, while the 3-band tone stack EQ allows for subtle-to-extreme tone shaping. And the Volume controls kicks out plenty of gain to push the front of your amp. The Karma MTN-10 is true-bypass, using advanced modern construction techniques and sturdier, more reliable pots, switches, and enclosures. The Karma MTN-10 is now on the pedal boards and in the studios of many respected players around the world. Check out the many glowing reviews we've gotten on our Reverb page!


For at least a decade, the classic Ampeg SVT was the dominant bass amp for power and tone.

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From the giant, hefty beasts of yore to their modern, ultra-portable equivalents, bass amps have come a long way. So, what's next?

Bassists are often quite well-informed about the details of their instruments, down to the finest technical specs. Many of us have had our share of intense discussions about the most minute differences between one instrument and another. (And sometimes those are interrupted by someone saying, "It's all in the fingers.") But right behind our backs, at the end of our output cables, there is a world of tone-shaping that we either simply ignore or just don't want to dive into too deeply. Turning a gear discussion from bass to amp is a perfect way to bring it to an abrupt end.

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  • Develop a better sense of subdivisions.
  • Understand how to play "over the bar line."
  • Learn to target chord tones in a 12-bar blues.
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Playing in the pocket is the most important thing in music. Just think about how we talk about great music: It's "grooving" or "swinging" or "rocking." Nobody ever says, "I really enjoyed their use of inverted suspended triads," or "their application of large-interval pentatonic sequences was fascinating." So, whether you're playing live or recording, time is everyone's responsibility, and you must develop your ability to play in the pocket.

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