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Bergantino Forté

A boutique manufacturer from Massachusetts tempts us with an amp that’s purpose-built for the discerning bass player. Design The Forté is the latest bass amp to emerge from the Bergantino stable and uses the same analog preamp and power amp section as the company’s B|Amp. The front panel has a single input for both active and passive basses, an aux input, gain and master volume controls with a peak indicator LED, four bands of EQ, push-button mute and bright switches and a control to adjust the built-in Variable Ratio Compressor. The intuitive layout gives you complete control over the built-in features, meaning it’s simple enough to dial in a range of different...

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House Of Waters

House Of Waters “effortless melodic phrases and undulating basslines..” Released: 2016 Featured Track: “17” The follow-up to House Of Waters’s 2012 album Revolution is the trio’s fifth release to date and the sort of album that should have bigger names quaking in their boots. Things are mainly instrumental throughout, but the sense of drama within each piece, coupled with undulating atmospherics and that sophisticated bass tone that Moto Fukushima’s so good at creating, proves a compelling mix of dazzling rhythmic ideas that’s well worth checking out. Hammered Dulcimer virtuoso Max Zt is another rising star, and here he adds shimmering layers of...

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Ibanez Launch ‘Upswing’ EUB

Ibanez launch their first Electric Upright Complete with a Brazilwood bow, a TAMA Roadpro stand and a padded gigbag, the Ibanez UB804 looks an appealing option for those bass guitarists looking to dabble in doubling. But this is no ordinary EUB. The ‘Upswing’, is Ibanez’s very first electric upright bass, and like its competitors, it has been designed to offer a similar playing experience and bass sound to that of a double bass, but in a more portable package that can be plugged directly into an amplifier, doing away with any feedback issues. The minimal design comprises a maple body, Jatoba fretboard and a...

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Ampeg Launch Analog Chorus and Optical Compressor

Ampeg Plans Double Whammy Of New Pedals The buzz is that the new Opto Comp Analog Optical Compressor from Ampeg utilises an optical circuit to deliver smooth, vintage-style compression. ”Adding a compressor to your setup is one of the easiest ways to step up your tone and consistency,” says Ampeg Product Manager Ryan Cassady. “Our optical design delivers smooth, musical compression while preserving the sound of your bass and amplifier.” To complete the launch, the Liquifier Analog Chorus has been built around a dual chorus circuit that’s designed to offer lush, dreamy chorus tones. Along with Rate, Depth and Effect...

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Bass of the Week: Warwick Idolmaker

The Framus Idolmaker gets a bass counterpart Warwick has certainly developed a distinctive style over the past 30 years and it’s easy to see why the sleek, flowing curves and big punchy sounds of instruments like the Streamer and Thumb hold such appeal for modern bass players. The new Idolmaker is available as a Custom Shop model (Handcrafted in Germany) as well as a Pro Series (Made in Germany) instrument. Features include a carved mahogany body, bolt-on Wenge neck, Wenge fingerboard (fretted models) or Tigerstripe Ebony fingerboard (fretless models), passive MEC vintage pickups and active Warwick electronics. You also have the choice of...

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