Genz-Benz Founder Jeff Genzler Launches Genzler Amplification at NAMM 2016

“State of the bass” design and manufacturing techniques meld to produce one the finest bass amps available

I met with Jeff Genzler in his booth on bass player row, shared with boutique bass builder Sebastien Aquilina, at the 2016 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California. Magellan 800_quarterviewThe new Genzler amp and cabs are reminiscent of the high end products that Jeff designed and produced for over 25 years with Genz-Benz. I listened to several amazing bass players trying his systems and I was overall impressed by the clarity, punch and projection.

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One Pedal To Rule Them All – The Mu-FX Boostron 3 Guitar Effects Pedal

Mu-FX introduces the Boostron 3 multi-function all analog guitar stompbox at NAMM 2016

Mu-FX, born from the creator of the fabled Mu-Tron III, has returned to NAMM with a hot new stompbox for guitar. In a lighweight and robust aluminum enclosure, this pedal is packed with features that drive, overdrive and control your guitar and other pedals that are attached to it. The build quality and circuit quality are top notch and should provide years of sonic enjoyment with any guitar rig and type of music. I especially liked the Boostron 3 patched into the Mu-FX Tru-Tron 3 and Octave Divider pedals that created a functional guitar analog synth machine. Watch as Rand Anderson explains the features and demonstrates the pedal in the attached video.


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The EBS Billy Sheehan Signature Drive Deluxe Pedal Introduced by Billy at NAMM 2016

The highly awarded EBS Billy Sheehan Signature Drive is now followed by a Deluxe model. It is a complete analog design with exceptional features to turn it into your own ‘signature’ drive.

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Billy Sheehan demonstrated his new drive pedal at NAMM 2016. The new stompbox builds on the original Billy Sheehan drive pedal, the second best selling pedal in EBS history, that was released in 2013. This is a fantastic pedal optimized for bass guitar that works great right out of the box and can be customized by “chip rolling” (similar to tube rolling).

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Ovation Guitar’s 50th Anniversary Announcement at NAMM 2016

The Force is strong with them, it is – Ovation Guitar US factory re-opens

Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 10.34.03 PMWhen Fender closed the Ovation factory in New Hartford, Connecticut everyone thought it was the end of the road for made in USA Ovations. But now, in the 50th anniversary year of the birth of Ovation, the brand is born again under the stewardship of Chris Lombardi, CEO of DW Drums. 

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New Machine Heads by Graph Tech Make Tuning Quicker and Easier

Graph Tech Ratio machine heads have different ratios that compensate for each strings core thickness

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Why didn’t anyone else think of that?
Graph Tech has tuned the gear ratios to each string position so that every string responds the same to any tuning adjustment.  One complete revolution of the tuner is approximately one full step up or down on every string. You get fine tuning on the thicker core strings and coarser tuning on the thinner core; anywhere from 12:1 to 39:1 gear ratio.

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