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Say Hello to the Bass Practice Amp That will Make Your Jam Space Look Beautiful

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Say Hello to the Bass Practice Amp That will Make Your Jam Space Look Beautiful

The limited-edition Spark Pearl is the bass practice amp and virtual backing band you need in your jam space!

Spark Pearl is the perfect companion for players who want to learn new songs, jam at home, discover new tones or create and share unique tones of their own. 

Back in November of 2020, I covered the Spark bass practice amp with none other than Rudy Sarzo via video. He gave us the lowdown on the many ways he, as a bass player, personally uses the Spark in his home studio (and yeah, it is always great catching up with Rudy).

While Spark has been named the ‘The #1 Best-Selling Practice Amp’, they didn’t rest on those laurels. Fast forward a few months and Positive Grid has launched the special edition Spark Pearl, a new stunning finish that lends an elegant touch to any living room, studio, or creative space. This bass practice amp is distinctively styled with snowy white Tolex, trimmed with gold piping, and a contrast-stitched custom carrying strap.

With limited units available, the Spark Pearl bass practice amp delivers an exceptional tone for the exceptional few.

Say Hello to the Bass Practice Amp That will Make Your Jam Space Look Beautiful

The Spark Pearl is a really great way to get your creativity flowing, with features like realistic emulations of famous bass amps and effects, which can be customized, tweaked, and saved. Bass players will not be disappointed in the premium lineup of amp & effects which includes:

  • Hammer 500, inspired by Aguilar Tone Hammer 500
  • RB-800, inspired by Gallien-Krueger 800RB
  • Sunny 3000, inspired by Sunn 300T
  • W600, inspired by Eden WTP600

For those that are inspired by stellar technology that comes in a beautifully compact package, you need to check this out.

This Spark Pearl also offers the compelling features of the original Spark including:

  • Auto Chords – Automatically display guitar chords for millions of songs
  • Voice Command – Control the app without lifting a finger
  • ToneEngine – Hyper-realistic bass and guitar amp modeling and effects
  • 10,000+ Tones – A massive, ever-growing tone library
  • Full Range Sound – Deep, loud and immersive speaker and amp combo design
  • Home Recording – Use Spark as your USB audio interface
  • Electric, Bass and Acoustic Guitar Amp – Versatile tone for any instrument
  • Plug In and Play – A full-range guitar amp designed for all levels of players

Quantities are limited; don’t miss out!
Visit positivegrid.com/spark-pearl to learn more and purchase

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Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)

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Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)…

Flemish Master Pieter Bruegel the Elder probably had many things in mind when painting his Hunters in the Snow in oil on oak wood in 1565. This masterpiece tells plenty of little stories about winterly pastimes and precarious livelihoods in the Early Modern Age. What Bruegel presumably did not have in mind was that this painting would, several centuries later, become one of the most popular ones in fine arts globally, displayed in a permanent exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) Vienna. The painting’s popularity was lately taken to a different level as it was replicated by hand to design an exclusive BITE bass.

An international art collector and bass player who regularly visits Vienna to immerse himself in the wonderworld of Kunsthistorisches’ Bruegel Hall asked BITE to replicate the painting on a bass body. BITE Guitars, an Austrian premium manufacturer exporting most of their basses to the US, has become renowned for colorful artwork basses, offering a range of manual and digital techniques. The firm’s art director Peter, a trained scenic painter of Oscar and Palme d’Or rank, specializes in photo-realistic reproductions. He also painted the bass for Robbie Williams’ 2023 world tour by faithfully replicating Robbie’s own stage design onto the tour bass.

Peter copied the Bruegel motif onto the bass body in minute detail, little twigs even by one-hair-brush. Positioning the rectangular image section on the body shape proved to be a special challege that he met by repositioning little elements, a bird here, a horse and cart there.

It all came together in a memorable video shooting in front of the original painting in the Museum’s Bruegel Hall: venerable fine arts, premium handicraft and groovy jazz tunes.

View video at the museum: www.youtube.com/shorts/2evdqfR6gUE

What’s the conclusion of BITE’s client, our Vienna, art and bass lover? “It’s a magical bass! When I touch the strings, I feel warm inside.”

Specs highlights:
Bass model: BITE Evening Star, the proprietary BITE premium model with inward curved horns
Pickups: 2 x BITE 1000 millivolt passive split-coils (PP)
Neck: roasted maple neck and roasted flamed maple fretboard

Price tag incl. insured door-to-door express shipping:
New York: 4726 USD
London: 3645 GBP
Berlin: 4965 EUR

Full specs available at bite.guitars/old-master-bass/

Bruegel Hall at Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna: 
khm.at/en/visit/collections/picture-gallery/the-best-of-bruegel-only-in-vienna/

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New Gear: Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar

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Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar…

Black Ice Enterprises introduces Black Ice Boost and Black Ice Distort, small, battery-free devices that can be easily installed in a bass or guitar.

Black Ice Boost offers two selectable stages of up to 7 dB of boost, broadly concentrated in the midrange frequencies to add humbucker-like qualities to Strat®, Tele® and other types of single-coil pickups. Black Ice Distort is an overdrive module that can be configured to offer anything from slight overdrive to distortion. Both models are compatible with all passive guitar pickups and electronics (they’re not compatible with battery-powered active pickups).

Black Ice Boost (SRP: $119.95; MAP, $79.95) can be installed using several wiring options, including a simple “stealth” install that utilizes a single push-pull pot, and a dual-switch option that allows users to select between two different levels of boost. For those using the boost along with Black Ice Distort, a second push-pull pot or switch can be used to select a clean or distorted boost.

The Black Ice Boost module is approximately 2/3 the size of a 9-volt battery, and can be easily installed in most instruments with no routing or permanent modifications required. The tone of the instrument remains completely unaffected when the boost is bypassed.

In addition to use with popular single-coil pickups, Black Ice Boost can also be used with other pickup types. Use it to fatten up a P-90 style pickup, or add girth to a low-wind humbucker. Jazz Bass® players can use the additional midrange content provided by Black Ice Boost to produce a sound that’s reminiscent of a P-Bass® or soapbar-type pickup. Black Ice Boost is not recommended for use with high-output humbuckers and other dark-sounding pickups.

Black Ice Distort (SRP: $27.95; MAP, $21.95) is an overdrive module that can be configured for just a touch of grit, or a more aggressive grind, all the way to a 1960’s-flavored fuzz. While its battery-free circuit will never replace the more refined sound of a well-designed pedal, it provides handy, there-when-you-need-it access to a variety of fun old-school flavors, and is a great way to add additional textures to an already overdriven amp or pedal. Bass players will especially dig its raw dirty grind.

Like Black Ice Boost, the sugar-cube-sized Black Ice Distort provides a lifetime of tone with no maintenance or power source required. A variety of wiring options are included that let you activate the Distort via a switch or push-pull pot, or by easily converting your guitar’s tone control into a control for the Black Ice Distort circuit. It can be used in conjunction with the Black Ice Boost for a wide variety of useful tones.

Black Ice Boost and Black Ice Distort are now shipping.

Visit online at www.blackiceoverdrive.com

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New Gear:  D’Addario’s New Humidipak

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D’Addario’s New Humidipak Absorb Protects Instruments Against Excess Moisture…

Utilizing two-way humidity control technology, D’Addario’s new Humidipak Absorb protects against damage to wooden instruments in environments with too much humidity. 

Humidipak Absorb allows players to safely return an instrument and case to the ideal relative humidity level. Using Boveda’s patented two-way humidity control technology, Absorb automatically soaks up excess moisture at a safe rate, re-establishing the right humidity level and eliminating the guesswork of revitalizing your instrument. 

Like all the Humidipaks before, using Humidipak Absorb is easy—there’s no dripping sponges or manual adjustments. All players need to do is put the humidification packets in the included pouches and place them in the instrument case, close the lid, and relax. The instrument and case will remain at the optimal 45-50% relative humidity level for 2-6 months. 

D’Addario’s other Humidipaks, Restore and Maintain, are still available for those who need to increase and sustain the humidity around their instrument. 

To learn more about Humidipak Absorb, visit ddar.io/absorb-pr 

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass Compact Plus BG-450

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Compact Plus BG-450…

The Compact Plus BG-450 is the pinnacle of PJB’s line of small and lightweight powerful compact bass combos and will be available for purchase on February 5th.  It is the same size as PJB’s C-4 speaker enclosure with a power amplifier that will reach up to 500 Watts with four internal 5” drivers. Available in black and red, the BG-450 contains the latest proprietary PJB chrome dome drivers which are the most efficient five-inch speakers ever engineered by PJB. The result is a perfect pairing of power and driver efficiency that makes it the best-sounding 4×5 combo ever made by PJB and, remarkably, with less weight. It has an incredible punchy sound that cuts through air as “a knife through butter” with a solid and powerful low-end response normally associated with a much larger combo.

In the heart of this amp lies a formidable ultra-high-energy power supply using a Class D power amplifier for high efficiency which equals less heat and less weight, and is coupled with a pure Class-A, ultra-low noise preamp. This combination completes a power section that achieves a massive dynamic range that allows the player to attain the best tone in any playing situation.  

The pre-amp design includes a single channel equipped with a variable gain input section that matches precisely with both active and passive basses. It also features a mute switch and the classic PJB 5-band precision EQ system that achieves the broadest range of tones imaginable with just 5 controls. This allows the player to effortlessly locate their perfect tone within seconds. 

The send /return FX patch can be blended to the direct signal allowing even more tonal opportunities. A secondary AUX input allows for practicing along with backing tracks via a 1/8” stereo jack. Back panel features include a Line Output jack that allows the BG-450 to be used in slave mode coupled with one or multiple amps, and a line input that provides the ability for an external pre-amp to be connected if desired.

The DI balanced out can be pre or post-EQ and offers a ground lift to avoid problematic hum. Speaker output is via a Speakon NL4 socket perfectly matched to run a C4 or C8 cabinet. The amp can run on any AC voltage from 100 volts to 240 volts.

The Compact Plus puts out a punchy 300 watts into its own speakers and up to 500 watts when connected to an external cabinet. The product dimensions are 14.21”(W)x14.25”(H)x13.24”(D) with a Net Weight: of 31 lbs. The BG-450 at max power will cover a wide variety of playing situations. For environments that demand much higher volume, PJB recommends a BP-800 amp with PJB cabinets, or a BG-800 Roadcase as powerful alternatives.

Visit online at www.pjbworld.com

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New Gear: MESA/Boogie 1×10 Rectifier, 1×12 Rectifier 23”, and 2×12 Rectifier Diagonal Cabinets

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New Gear: MESA/Boogie 1x10 Rectifier, 1x12 Rectifier 23”, and 2x12 Rectifier Diagonal Cabinets

MESA/Boogie Announces 1×10 Rectifier, 1×12 Rectifier 23”, and 2×12 Rectifier Diagonal Cabinets…

From humble beginnings to worldwide recognition, MESA/Boogie® has remained the original boutique Home of Tone, hand-crafting amplifiers of uncompromising quality from the world’s finest materials in California, USA. Founder Randall Smith instilled basic principles into MESA such as passion, drive, integrity, and excellence, and his insistence on making the best amplifiers has guided half a century of breakthrough innovations, elevating the amplifier into an instrument in its own right–one with the power to shape and create musical genres

The perfect compact companions for a Rectifier Head or Combo, the new 1×10 Rectifier, 1×12 Rectifier 23”, and 2×12 Rectifier Diagonal cabinets from MESA/Boogie deliver tremendous punch and low-end resonance in easily transportable sizes and are ideal for rock, alternative, metal, and more.

Explore the new MESA/Boogie 1×10 Rectifier, 1×12 Rectifier 23”, and 2×12 Rectifier Diagonal cabinets on www.mesaboogie.com.

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