Fodera Introduces A New Line Of Bass Guitr Strings At NAMM 2016

Plays like butter…I just had a chance to try a set of Fodera’s light gauge nickels on my 5 string. Very zingy, yet punchy, for a nickel round. They felt a little edgy at first, not sticky, but you could almost feel a sharpness to the edges sliding up and down the neck. They mellowed after a couple hours and now they feel great – and sound great!
The Fodera Light Nickel Roundwound 4120 set is on the flexible side and not only because of the gauge which is 40/60/80/100/120, but because of its round core, which is inherently more flexible than a hex core. These are not exposed core stings like the Labellas I had used previously, and that coupled with the lighter gauge and lower tension required a little extra setup and break in, and it was worth it!
Nice touches on the packaging include a stamped date on the inside, an installation flyer, and individual zip lock bags per string – nice if you want change back and forth between sets or need to use only one as a replacement.
I would buy them again. They are competitively priced with other premium strings. I’ll check back after a couple months with the road test results.

Gittler Instruments Introduces New Line of Titanium Bass Guitars at NAMM 2016

This is a stunning minimalist instrument for the bass player who has everything


I met with Russ Rubman at NAMM 2016 to play the Gittler space age work of art bass guitar. Wow! This thing is amazing. Incredibly light yet responsive with a big bass sound. It takes a couple minutes to adjust to the feel of the form factor – the weight, the shape, the lack of a fretboard – but once you’re dialed in, this is bass bliss. I need one.

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Peavey Introduces 2 Class D Bass Heads at Winter NAMM 2016

Delivering classic Peavey tone, the MiniMEGA features 1,000 Watts of power and produces incredibly full and rich sound in a compact package that weighs in at only 9 lbs.


This is a professional bass head at a very affordable price ($599 street).

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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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