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New Gear: BOSS DUAL CUBE BASS LX Amplifier

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BOSS DUAL CUBE LX and Dual CUBE BASS LX Launch…

BOSS announces the DUAL CUBE LX and DUAL CUBE BASS LX, the latest members of the acclaimed CUBE amplifier family from BOSS and its parent company Roland. For over four decades, CUBE amplifiers have brought exceptional value to musicians everywhere, offering great sound and versatile features in portable, go-everywhere designs. These new guitar and bass amplifiers carry on this long tradition, evolved with the latest BOSS advancements for unmatched flexibility. 

Ultra-compact and filled with authentic BOSS tones, the DUAL CUBE LX and DUAL CUBE BASS LX are the ultimate amps for home practice and jamming with friends. Indoors and out, players can enjoy big, immersive sound with custom-designed stereo speakers and versatile power with the included AC adaptor or eight AA batteries. A generous array of connectivity options are included as well, extending their capabilities far beyond the range of other desktop amps. 

Players can use the stereo line outputs to directly connect to a PA system and perform on stage, or use the USB or i-CUBE-Link connectors to capture mix-ready sounds in music software on a computer or mobile device. For live streaming applications, the user can capture their voice with a headphones mic and send it to the USB and i-CUBE Link outputs along with their instrument’s sound.  

The DUAL CUBE LX and DUAL CUBE BASS LX also support wireless expansion with the optional BOSS Bluetooth® Audio MIDI Dual Adaptor. From a mobile device, players can stream music, edit sounds, and more. In addition, the adaptor enables cable-free operation of wah and volume using the BOSS EV-1-WL Wireless MIDI Expression Pedal. Both amps also support external control of various functions with optional footswitches, including control of an onboard looper. 

DUAL CUBE LX Guitar Amplifier 

The DUAL CUBE LX produces full, punchy guitar tones that belie the amp’s compact size. There are eight versatile amp types to choose from, all with natural feel and organic response honed with decades of BOSS amp development. There’s also a mic preamp type for using the amp as a portable vocal PA system. 

DUAL CUBE BASS LX Bass Amplifier 

The DUAL CUBE BASS LX delivers big, refined bass tones from an amazingly small footprint. Five different preamp types are available, offering uncolored sounds for studio and slap playing, vintage sounds for classic styles, and aggressive modern tones for heavy genres. A variety of bass-tuned effects are also included. Like the DUAL CUBE LX, the amp features onboard memories for storing sounds and support for deeper editing via dedicated software.  

Practice sessions become even more fun and productive with the powerful onboard Rhythm Guide in the DUAL CUBE BASS LX. There are nine rhythm types with three pattern variations each, spanning from a basic metronome to realistic drum grooves in rock, jazz, metal, Latin, and other styles. Using the editor software, players can explore a total of 91 rhythm variations and save their favorites in the amp. 

Availability & Pricing   

The DUAL CUBE LX and DUAL CUBE BASS LX amplifiers will be available in the U.S. in September for $299.99 and $359.99 respectively.

To learn more about DUAL CUBE LX and DUAL CUBE BASS LX amplifiers, visit www.boss.info

*Price at the time of publishing.

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New Gear: Bergantino Introduces New NXT410-C Bass Cab

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New Gear: Bergantino Introduces New NXT410-C Bass Cab

The New NXT410-C was designed with our touring artists in mind — a one-cab solution for every stage and venue, delivering the perfect, adaptable tonal spectrum for bassists in every genre.

We’ve consulted with a handful of artists, including New York-based touring bassist Karina Rykman, to fine-tune the ideal configuration for the NXT410-C. 

“Firstly, I’m beyond touched to be the inspiration behind, well…anything!,”  says Karina.  “But this is truly insane, and such an honor… Not only is it light and extremely good looking, it can handle all my loudest, most abrasive and obnoxious effects.”

Utilizing four 10-inch proprietary Bergantino NXT neodymium woofers and High Intelligibility Reference Tweeter,  the NXT410-C offers 1000w of accurate bass response with the ability to reach “bone shattering” levels with ease. The aforementioned tweeter includes the ability to dial in the perfect balance of highs and lows, and adapt to any room environment or tonal preferences.  It can also be dialed completely off for a true classic and vintage tone.               

Expanding on the breathtaking aesthetics of our NXV series, the Graphite Bronco Tolex and acoustically-transparent Ox-Blood grill cloth or Classic Bronco Black with silver grill cloth is sure to turn heads!  We use a Lightweight Italian poplar and a Baltic birch baffle to deliver premium tones at a much lighter weight, coming in at a mere 61lbs. Couple this with a rugged design,  players can confidently transport this powerhouse from stage-to-stage every night of the week.

Features:

  • Woofer: 4×10” Proprietary Bergantino NXT Neodymium Woofers
  • Tweeter: High intelligibility Reference tweeter w/ Constant Directivity Horn
  • Cabinet Design: Ported
  • Cabinet Material: Lightweight Italian poplar w/ Baltic birch baffle
  • Front Grill: Hard-wearing acoustically-transparent Ox-Blood cloth ( Silver is also an option)
  • Cabinet Covering: Graphite Bronco Tolex (Classic Bronco Black is also an option)
  • Connectivity: Dual Speak-ON Combo Connectors
  • Impedance:4 Ohms
  • Power Handling: 1000 Watts
  • Crossover: Phase-Coherent crossover w/ Tweeter Level Control
  • Frequency Response: 40 Hz – 16 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 104 dB @ 2.83 V / 1 Meter
  • Dimensions: 31?H x 22¾” W x 15? D
  • Weight: 61 Lbs.
  • Castors: 4 Removable 2? castors included
  • PRONET Price: $2195.00

For more information, visit online at bergantino.com/nxt410c/

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New Gear: Elrick Bass Guitars Headless Series

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New Gear: Elrick Bass Guitars Headless Series

New from Elrick Bass Guitars, Headless Series added to Custom Lineup…

Elrick Bass Guitars is excited to announce the addition of a headless option on hand-carved series bass guitars. Initially previewed on the 2023 Gold Series SLC MkII bass of prolific solo bass practitioner and educator Steve Lawson, a headless bass option is now available to all. According the Elrick, “The excitement surrounding Steve’s MkII SLC bass at 2024 NAMM confirmed that the time is right to add a headless option to our extensive range of custom options.” To date, Elrick instruments have only been offered with traditional headstock construction but, in response to market demand, custom features will now include a headless option in 4-, 5- and 6-string models.

Headless bass guitars share these features with the traditional headstock series:

24 frets + zero fret
exotic wood top
hand-rubbed oil finish
2-way adjustable truss rod
custom Bartolini pickups
custom Bartolini 3-band preamp
fully shielded control cavity
Hipshot bridge
Dunlop Straploks
Elrick Fundamental strings

The headless option can now be selected when submitting custom order requests via the form on elrick.com, contacting the Elrick Sales Office directly, or working with your favorite Elrick dealer.

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

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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New Gear:  D’Addario’s New Humidipak

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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