Saturday, June 30, 2007

ESP LTD XTONE PC-

ESP LTD XTONE PC-1 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Natural Gold Hardware



ESP LTD XTONE PC-1 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Natural Gold Hardware



ESP LTD XTONE PC-1 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
Our Price: $449.99
List Price: $869.00

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Epiphone Limited Edition ES-135 Electric Guitar Blue Burst



Epiphone Limited Edition ES-135 Electric Guitar Blue Burst



Our Price: $449.99
List Price: $1,165.00


Two '57 humbuckers give it miles of rock attitude!

Epiphone Limited Edition ES-135 Electric Guitar Features:

* 2 "Patent Applied For" '57 humbucking pickups
* Laminated maple body with Chromyte center block
* Maple neck
* Rosewood fingerboard
* Dot inlay
* White body binding
* Tune-o-matic bridge
* Trapeze tailpiece
* 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch
* Grover tuners

Guitar Player magazine said, "The ES-135 is a super-versatile ax that fuses the ES-175 traits with aspects of the semi-acoustic ES-335. The result is relentless sustain and slap-your-face presence, the ES-135's gargantuan tones are as easy to ignore as a punch in the gut."

Epiphone Limited Edition ES-135 Electric Guitar Specifications:

* 24-3/4" scale
* 1-11/16" nut width

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Epiphone LP-100 Electric Guitar Red



Epiphone LP-100 Electric Guitar Red



$179.99 - $249.99 -or- $15/mo. - Apply Now!
List Price: $415.00 Savings: $235.01(56%)

Epiphone LP-100 Electric Guitar Features:

* Mahogany neck
* Chrome hardware
* Alder top, mahogany back
* 2 open-coil humbuckers
* 24-3/4" scale
* 1-11/16" nut width

If you're starting to get serious about your music, you'll want the Epiphone LP-100 Electric Guitar. The mahogany body delivers classic solid, heavy tone, while the bolt-on mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard are easy to play. Features two open-coil humbuckers and chrome hardware. Classic Les Paul design and tone.

Epiphone LP-100 Electric Guitar Includes:

* limited lifetime warranty

Friday, June 29, 2007

Ibanez RGT42DX Electric Guitar

Ibanez RGT42DX Electric Guitar White



Ibanez RGT42DX Electric Guitar White



$699.99
MSRP: $933.32 Save: $233.33

Ibanez Artwood AW40

Ibanez Artwood AW40 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Solid Sitka Spruce Top Natural Gloss



Ibanez Artwood AW40 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Solid Sitka Spruce Top Natural Gloss



$299.99
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Ibanez RG5EX1

Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar Grey Pewter



Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar Grey Pewter




$399.99
MSRP: $719.99 Save: $320.00

Fender Bassman 250/210 Bass Combo Amp

Fender Bassman 250/210 Bass Combo Amp



Fender Bassman 250/210 Bass Combo Amp



$629.99
MSRP: $899.99 Save: $270.00

Portable yet loud enough for the gig. Elegant bass amplification designed to deliver full power through 2 Eminence USA-made 10" drivers and a compression driver horn. 250W, real wood cab with removable casters and spring-loaded handles. 3-band EQ with semi-parametric mid. XLR output for recording or PA reinforcement. With horn attenuation, it covers a full tonal range from warm and bassy to bright and edgy.

Yamaha FG730S

Yamaha FG730S Cutaway FG Series Acoustic Guitar Natural



Yamaha FG730S Cutaway FG Series Acoustic Guitar Natural



$499.99
MSRP: $799.99 Save: $300.00

Yamaha
In a class by itself. The level of detail and craftsmanship found in the 730S places it among the best acoustic guitars for the money. Features a solid Sitka Spruce top, rosewood back and sides, single cutaway, black and ivory binding on body and neck, and diecast tuners

Ibanez IJX121 Metal Guitar Jumpstart Package

Ibanez IJX121 Metal Guitar Jumpstart Package Triple Black



Ibanez IJX121 Metal Guitar Jumpstart Package Triple Black



A step-up guitar that delivers more metal thrash!

The Ibanez IJX121 Metal Guitar Jumpstart Package gives you everything you need to start rockin': GRG electric guitar with hardtail bridge, 15W amplifier, headphones, electronic tuner, gig bag, guitar strap, picks, and an accessories pouch. It also includes an instructional DVD with Paul Gilbert, instruction book, and chord chart.

I bought this guitar in December. It's my first guitar. It has fret buzz and the strings rattle. However, if you're also a beginner and have little to spend (or aren't sure as to your level of commitment to playing the guitar), I'd recommend this as your first guitar. The amount of equipment (the amp in particular) that you get is terrific for the price you pay.

I've had this guitar for 5 months and it's been awesome.

1. Stays in tune for at least a week. 2. I LOVE the neck and smooth frets. 3. The pickups are surprisingly very good. 4. it has a nice RG styling. and 5. It's beautiful! (the silver one at least)

But the things I would change are to get better strings, I got some Ernie Ball reg. slinkys also very nice! And some new pickups if you're planning on staying with this guitar for a while. But at least save them. The dvd was pretty much worthless for me but for a beginner, it could be very helpful. and also, that bassist can play!

Anyways, I'm moving on to an RG3EXQM1 to further my skill. This guitar moved me from a beginner, to a beginner+, then ++, to rookie, that's my rating (at least what the guy at the music shop thinks.)

But this guitar is great for beginners and some pros probably wouldn't even give this a thumbs down (maybe to the side) but not down.


Guitar is surprisingly nice for the money, my only complaint is a bit of fret buzzing. The amp is good for a beginner, nothing spectacular but it does the job well for bedroom practicing. The tuner, strap, pick, and instrument cable are all cheap quality but they work fine. I suggest replacing them. The gig bag is fine, but those are all minor stuff you'll have to replace with pretty much any package. They'll work, but you're much better off spending a few bucks.

The value is great, worth every penny and then some.

Overall, I think this is a very good package for any beginner who wants to start playing electric guitar.

EVH Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein

EVH Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica Electric Guitar Black/White/Red



EVH Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica Electric Guitar Black/White/Red



EVH Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica Electric Guitar Features:

* Body: Ash
* Neck: Maple bolt-on
* Tuning Machines: Schaller
* Fingerboard: Maple w/12" 16" compound radius
* Frets: 21 Jumbo (Dunlop® 6100)
* Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan® Custom Shop EVH
* Middle pickup: None
* Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan® Custom Shop EVH
* Controls: Master Volume
* Bridge: Floyd Rose® Original Tremolo
* Pickup Switching: 3-way
* Hardware: Aged Chrome
* Strings: GHS .009, .011, .016, .026, .036, .046
* Pickguard: One-ply black
* Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
* Width at Nut: 1-5/8" (41.2 mm)

Eddie Van Halen and Fender have joined forces to bring you EVH® brand guitars, amps and musical products, beginning with a most eagerly awaited musical event: the unveiling of a 300-instrument limited edition run of the Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein™replica guitar.
This red, black and white ash-body guitar has been put through an astounding aging process to replicate the original down to every last scratch, ding and cigarette burn. Fender craftsmen even scoured the land for 1971 quarters just like the original Eddie at one time stuck under the original tremolo bridge to mount near the Floyd Rose® Original tremolo bridge. The guitar features a Seymour Duncan® Custom Shop EVH® humbucking pickup, a single master volume knob (that says Tone ) mounted on a partial black pickguard identical to the original. Leaving no stone unturned, the guitar is complete with a non-functional three-way switch and single-coil pickup that occupy two of the three pickup routs.


It s a phenomenally crafted piece of rock history of guitar history, period and it could only come from Eddie Van Halen and the talented resources of Fender. It simply must be seen, heard and felt to be believed, and it will re-evoke the awestruck wonder and sheer thrill you experienced the first time you saw, heard and felt the incredible musical power of Eddie Van Halen.

EVH Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica Electric Guitar Includes:

* Aged Anvil VH Case, Signed 8X10, Note from EVH, Signed Certificate, The Making Of DVD, Limited VH/EVH Picks

Gibson Les Paul Vintage Mahogany

Gibson Les Paul Vintage Mahogany Electric Guitar



Gibson Les Paul Vintage Mahogany



The most affordable carved-top GIbson Les Paul!

Gibson Les Paul Vintage Mahogany Electric Guitar Features:

* Carved mahogany top and mahogany back
* '59 rounded Les Paul mahogany neck
* Rosewood fingerboard
* Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar
* Chrome hardware
* Alnico V BurstBucker Pro pickups
* 2 volume and 2 tone knobs, 3-way switch

The Gibson Les Paul Vintage Mahogany brings together old and new Les Paul features to create a unique and special guitar. The round warmth of a carved mahogany top on a mahogany back first debuted in the famous 1957 Custom Black Beauty. Now we're bringing this fabulous wood combo back with the added vintage edge of Gibson's Alnico V BurstBucker Pro humbuckers. Designed especially for the new Gibson Les Paul Standards, these pickups provide pure tone lovers with stunning humbucking tone on their electric guitars. A '59 rounded Les Paul mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard and trapezoid inlays is fast yet substantial.

Gibson Les Paul Vintage Mahogany Electric Guitar Includes:

* Gibson hardshell case


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Line 6 Spider III 75 Modeling Combo Amplifier

Line 6 Spider III 75 Modeling Combo Amplifier



Line 6 Spider III 75 Modeling Combo Amplifier



Like having your guitar-slinging hero personally set up your amp and effects!

Line 6 Spider III 75 Modeling Combo Amplifier Features:

* 12 Custom Amp Models from Clean to Insane
* 7 Smart Control FX (up to 3 simultaneous) including Tape Echo, Sweep Echo, Standard Delay (all with Tap Tempo) Chorus/Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, and Reverb
* 250 artist-created presets
* 150 song-based presets
* Plus 36 user programmable presets
* Built-in front panel tuner
* 12" Custom Celestion© Speaker
* 75 Watts

The Line 6 Spider III 75 Modeling Combo delivers killer amplifier and effects models, and a ton of presets created by some of the world's most notorious guitar stars from bands including 311, Thursday, Lacuna Coil, Hawthorne Heights, Slipknot, Ash, Albert Lee, Athlete, John 5, and many more!

Line 6 has also given the Spider III 120 another 150 song-based presets—sounds from such classics as No More Tears, Enter Sandman, Stinkfist, Back In Black, Bark at the Moon, and many more! These presets combined with 7 quality effects models, make the Spider III a giant of tone that give you any tone you want, already dialed in. Now you can rule the stage with the Insane model with its truly massive gain or explore your sensitive side in the studio with the Clean model. It's all up to you.

New to the Spider III guitar speaker is a huge range of killer mid-gain guitar tones. A critical advancement was made to the sound and feel of the Spider III line when their discerning panel of artists focused in on the venerable mid-gain" range of tone to deliver the complex, layered and dynamic amp tone we all appreciate from classic and boutique amps.

Amp Models:
Clean: Red LED - Select this Amp Model and adjust the tone controls to get crisp, amazing clean tones, great warm jazz tones, and all the high-end shimmer you'll need with a generous amount of bottom end.

Glassy: Green LED - Line 6 developed this Amp Model to emulate those late 60's and early 70's clean tones. It is like a 1973 Hiwatt Custom 100 with an extended tone control range and tightened up low end.

Twang: Red LED - This Amp Model draws on the mid 60's Fender amps, including the blackface '65 Twin Reverb and blackface '64 Deluxe Reverb. It has classic glassy high-end tone, with some snap and bite.

Twin Twang: Green LED - This Amp Model is based on* a number of vintage tweed amps: a '53 Fender tweed Deluxe Reverb, '58 Fender tweed Bassman and a '60 Gibson Explorer to create a swingin' Rockabilly tone.

Blues: Red LED Based on* a mix of a '65 Marshall JTM-45, a '58 Fender Bassman, a '63 Fender Vibroverb and a Supro, this Amp Model slides between gritty swamp-infected cleans to syrupy smooth, walloping drive tones.

Class A: Green LED - This Amp Model is based on* a fawn Vox AC-30 amplifier with an updated and expanded tone control circuit. It captures that early British pop rock tone that the Beatles and the Stones are so well known for.

Crunch: Red LED - This sound was crafted from studies of the '68 Marshall Plexi 50 Watt. This type of Marshall amp was used by a number of early metal bands. Crunch provides a wider range of tone control settings than the original Marshall amplifier had.

On Fire: Green LED - This Amp Model is based on* a 68 Marshall Plexi 100 watt with a few added extras; The combination of a Variac and the jumped input channels creates that infamous brown sound.

Metal: Red LED - This Amp Model is based on* the Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier. Use this Amp Model to get a tight and punchy, high gain Metal sound.

Spinal Puppet: Green LED - This sound was created to be an aggressive high gain Amp Model with a unique Mid control that will sweep though an entire spectrum of tone on one knob. The Mid knob for this Amp Model changes the character of the distortion. When set to minimum, the distortion exhibits Fuzz pedal characteristics. When the Mid is set to noon, it mimics the creamy modern high gain amp tones. And when the Mid knob is turned up to max, it's very much reminiscent of that Class A sound.

Insane: Red LED - This model is a dialed in for shredding" version based on* the Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier red channel. It combines the intensity and impact of Metal Red, but delivers more midrange and teeth for that bone-crushing, brain piercing insane grind.

80s Solo: Green LED - The goal with Insane is to provide you with as much input gain distortion as possible short of complete meltdown. You get an obscene helping of distortion, while still retaining tonal definition and character.

Effects:
A great amp isn't the only part of a great guitar sound. With Smart Control FX, an exclusive Line 6 feature that automatically dials in different effect parameters, you spend more time playing and less time tweaking. Simply find the effect that you want, turn the knob to your desired intensity, and you're done. You can even use multiple effects at the same if you wanna get really crazy.

Effects Models (Up to 3 effects simultaneous)
Phaser
Chorus/Flanger
Tremolo
Sweep Echo
Tape Echo
Reverb

Ins & Outs
When you're playing with your band on stage just drag the Line 6 Spider III on stage and crank it up. When it comes time to record, use the headphone/direct out and plug it straight into the mixing board for world-class POD 2.0 direct tone used in pro studios and stages everywhere! You can also use the same out with headphones for practicing in your bedroom. Want to play along with your favorite songs? Plug into the CD/MP3 input and you're good to go.

Plug in and separate yourself from the posers.

*All product names used in this webpage are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line 6's sound model development.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Guitar Center's Midnight Madness

Guitar Center's Midnight Madness


Midnight Madness: Sat. June 30th

This Saturday, get in to the Guitar Center store nearest you and save during the Midnight Madness Free For All!

You'll find huge deals on all the top name manufacturers, plus there's gonna be FREE DEALS in every department!*

Free guitars, free mixers, free wireless systems, free keyboard controllers, free tuners, free strings, free stands, free amps and more!

Plus, we're staying open till midnight to give you more time to save on all the top manufacturers: Fender, Marshall, Gibson, DW, Sabian, Korg, AKG, Mackie and more.

And don't miss your last chance to win a fully-loaded 8-passenger tour van free! Get all the details here.

Guitar Center's Midnight Madness Free For All ends Saturday at midnight. Don't miss it!

Saturday, June 30, 2007 · 10am to Midnight

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

G&L ASAT Bass Guitar

G&L ASAT Bass Guitar
Irrefutable proof that Leo Lives!
By Louden Wylde

Leo Fender and George Fullerton launched G&L in 1980, the culmination of a long career of creating world famous guitars and basses. The G&L instruments represent the full flowering of their knowledge and expertise. To put it simply, if you want a bass that represents the very best of Leo Fender, look to G&L. If you want an instrument that is made without compromise, made fully by hand of the finest woods, and which incorporates the most significant advancements in hardware and electronics, again look to G&L.

G&L ASAT Bass Guitar
The ASAT Bass
If it's your time to step up to a dream instrument, one to look at long and hard is the G&L ASAT bass. It combines hand construction, cutting-edge technology, and a vintage vibe that just won't quit. The most obvious feature of the ASAT Bass is its familiar body design. In shape, size, and thickness it essentially has a guitar body, which results in a compact, light, and very comfortable bass. Unlike other basses that have fitted a bass neck to a guitar-sized body, this one looks quite natural and feels balanced.

The instrument I tried out for this review was the alder-bodied version in butterscotch, as classic a color as you can get. What I especially liked was how the tinted, aged color of the neck combined with the butterscotch. Pretty. For clear finishes, the ASAT bodies are made of swamp ash, an equally resonant tone wood, with a more pronounced grain. Also, all G&L basses come in a choice of optional maple tops (premium quilted, premium flamed, and figured).

The neck is especially interesting on these basses-glass smooth and made of a single piece of rock maple. Without an added fingerboard, I wondered how the truss rod had been inserted. I learned that the neck, after it is initially shaped, is cut in half; the tunnel for the truss rod then channeled out; and the two halves put back together. It's done so perfectly that the seam is invisible. According to Leo, this technique makes a neck more resistant to twisting.

The profile and width of the fretboard is wide and flat overall, roomy up high and narrow at the low end. It's naturally playable and easy to get to know. I think a lot of players will find it hand-friendly. G&L also has other neck profile options available for special order.

Deluxe hardware
The tuners used on the ASAT and all G&L basses are of a different order than you find on other basses. Their smoothness, precision, and firmness make a world of difference. They are made of aluminum and steel, so they are especially light, with tapered string posts for easier, even windings, and a proper angle over the nut. Basically, they're the old familiar tuners, but better made.

At the other end is a die-cast bridge that has a number of special features. It's called the Saddle-Lock because of a set screw that locks the saddles together so they won't shift. Once set, the whole bridge is bound together as a single unit which aids vibration transfer. The saddles themselves are made of machined billet brass, which ensures longer wear and minimizes broken strings. On the underside of the bridge, another special feature is hidden from view. It's a side-to-side protrusion that snugly fits into a routed out cavity in the body. This locks the bridge in place and increases direct contact with the endgrain of the wood which again enhances transfer of vibration through the body.




Innovative electronics
The pickups on the ASAT (and on all G&L basses) are another Leo refinement, his last patented pickup. Each has a set of two pole pieces for each string, and they are adjustable to allow for an even balance across the strings. They are hand-wound pretty much in the way Leo made pickups fifty years ago. On the bass, they give you a nice place to plant your thumb for a forward or near-the-bridge hand position.

The pickups are wired to a set of controls that is almost too versatile. It's an active/passive system with three knobs in a rather unique configuration: volume, treble cut, and bass cut. In addition, three toggles give you a slew of wiring options. The forward toggle is a pickup selector for one, the other, or both. The second toggle lets you choose between series or parallel operation, and a third lets you choose active or passive mode. It totals up to 18 tonal options, which is too many, but it's easy to figure out the three or four you need to precisely cover everything from rootsy reggae floor-rattling sub bass to razor-edged slap. If you're one of those do-it-all guys, this is a bass that will cover any style-the only axe you'll need.

Besides being flexible, the ASAT is quiet when cranked, especially when switched parallel. In series mode you pick up some noise because it loads up one of the poles to get that single-coil tone, but it's less noise than you get from straight singles.

Semi-hollow ASAT
In addition to the standard ASAT basses, a new Semi-Hollow ASAT version is now available. It has all the deluxe features as the solidbody ASAT but with a semi-hollow body that makes it a lighter instrument and gives it a slightly warmer tone.

The total package
There are a lot of other little details that add to the ASAT's long list of virtues. Overall, it is a very special bass, one that any player will find thrilling. It has it all: handmade quality, and innovative and refined design in hardware and electronics. It is light, comfortable, easy to play, and loaded with sound possibilities. It's completely modern yet oozes vintage history and tradition. You can't help but love it.

ASAT Bass Features

# Alder body (for transparent finishes the bodies are made of swamp ash)
# Rock maple neck with satin finish
# Available with maple, rosewood, or ebony fretboards
# 34" scale
# 21 jumbo frets
# 1-3/4" nut width
# 12" fingerboard radius
# 2 Magnetic Field Design hand-wound humbuckers
# Mini toggle pickup selector for front, rear, or both
# Active/passive mini toggle selector
# Parallel/series mini toggle selector
# Volume, treble cut, and bass cut knobs
# G&L UltraLite open-gear tuners
# G&L SaddleLock bridge with set screw and nickel plated brass saddles
# 2 rear strap buttons for a choice of balance points

G&L Guitars and Basses

G&L Guitars and Basses
Handmade innovations from the legend builders
by Gretchen Stack and Augie Winters

G&L Guitars and Basses
When Elvis was in grade school, Leo Fender started developing solid body electric guitars. When the King was finishing up junior high, Leo came out with the first practical working musician's solid body electric. Sixteen years later (about the time Elvis was going Girl Happy and entertaining the Beatles) an ailing Leo Fender sold his incredibly successful company for a pretty penny. But he still had a lot of tinker left in him. He regained his health and continued working in the industry, finally starting G&L (George and Leo) with his old friend George Fullerton in 1980. Fullerton had worked with Leo as an engineer as far back as 1948.

Leo passed on in 1991, but not before he'd had 11 years to accomplish the main purpose of G&L-to continue the development of solid body guitars and basses beyond their pre-CBS roots. Judging from the instruments G&L sent us for review, George and Leo's mission has been well accomplished. Gretchen took on the guitars and Augie handled the basses.

Commanding Comanche
The Z-coil pickups are IT! They're the perfect combination of hot single-coil bite and hum elimination. No dummy or stacked coils, just the brilliantly simple idea of two three-string pickups staggered with reversed polarity. They have hand-wrapped coils, ultra-heavy ceramic base magnets, and individually adjustable pole pieces. The result is an amazingly aggressive and stout tone.

The standard five-position blade is greatly enhanced by a mini-switch that adds the options of all three pickups at once or just the neck and bridge. The treble cut and bass cut knobs have a different feel from normal tone pots and actually proved more usable once I got the hang of them. Regardless of tone setting, this is definitely not an axe for players who want to hide in the mix-its bright edge can be softened but never banished to the background.

G&L Guitars and Basses
G&L obviously doesn't skimp on the hardware. The dual-fulcrum bridge vibrato (another later-life Leo credit) is considerably more sturdy than its counterparts of yore, and the locking tuners really stabilize the tuning.

The Comanche I played had a truly gorgeous flamed maple top with a glowing honeyburst finish and faux mother of pearl layered pickguard. Like all G&L bodies, it was a hunky two-piece, made of swamp ash (alder on the opaque finishes). It evinced amazingly precise workmanship, especially considering that all G&Ls are truly handmade-without the use of any computerized equipment. Not for wimps, the Comanche promises a white-knuckle ride that'll leave you panting for more.

S-500 Deluxe
I'm a sucker for a nice neck, and this is bar-none the sweetest neck I ever wrapped my dainty digits around. A gorgeous chunk of birdseye maple was split up the middle, routed for a truss rod, and invisibly glued back together. The fretboard was then crafted right onto the neck with no separate piece of maple. The super-jumbo frets are perfectly polished. The result is visually staggering and truly a joy to play.

G&L Guitars and Basses
The gorgeous cherry finish on the flamed maple top is enhanced by natural wood binding and not hidden by a pickguard. The lighter S-500body shape fit my small frame well and was easy on the shoulder. With the exception of the straight single-coil Magnetic Field Design pickups-which share most of the manufacturing techniques used in the Z-coil-the hardware and setup on the S-500 is identical to the Comanche. I found its tone easier to subdue and slightly less edgy, a real treat to the ears!

ASAT Classic Bluesboy
An MFD single coil at the bridge dishes out Texas twang with a bold burn while the Seth Lover humbucker at the neck can be coaxed into sweet crooning or gravelly Chicago chunk. The turtle pickguard, natural wood binding, and 3-tone burst finish on the model I played created a unique visual vibe that grew on me. Its handmade character is distinctive enough that it's not for every player; but if the chemistry is right it could easily take over your life.

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L-2000
It feels really good to play a G&L. When I first picked up the L-2000, its heft and balance, its deluxe hardware, the glass-like smoothness and beauty of its woods, and sophisticated controls told me immediately that this is a serious instrument.

Like all G&Ls, the L-2000 is a solid, substantial handcrafted bass that has been expertly finished and set up. The body is relatively thick, and when you play it unplugged you can feel its resonance vibrating smoothly and deeply. The string-through-body bridge is massive with a unique set screw on the side that tightens the saddles together to make them into one unit for a better transfer of string-to-body vibration.

I immediately liked the feel of the neck. The frets are jumbos so it plays very light to the touch. It's fairly wide with comfortable spacing between the strings. The vintage-style open-gear machines combine steel and aluminum--light and very high quality.

Plugged in, the L-2000 was immediately impressive with easy action and deep, clear, sustaining notes from bottom to top. And the electronics give you great sound tools. Besides volume, treble, and bass knobs, you can switch it to active, active with treble boost, or passive. You can also switch between or combine the two humbuckers, and you can switch between parallel and series--series adding a nice low-end boost.

ASAT Bass
The ASAT has its own feel, as any handmade bass does, but in general it is similar to the L-2000 in quality, solid feel, and friendly neck. The main difference is the cool vintage body shape. The hardware and electronics are the same as on the L-2000. Both are wonderful instruments that would be a pleasure to own and play. The legend of Leo aside, the G&L basses speak for themselves.

Ibanez Soundgear Basses


Ibanez Soundgear Basses
Well designed, well made, affordably priced
By Jeff Ballard
SR900 Soundgear 4-String Bass
SRX300 Bass
SRX500 Bass
SRX700 Bass

If you haven't played an Ibanez Soundgear Bass yet, you should. You'll be impressed. Soundgears have quietly become one of the top-selling basses worldwide. The reason is simple: more bass for less money. Even the most affordable 300 level models are quality instruments with the construction, woods, hardware, and electronics you'd expect to cost much more.

Bodies

The Soundgears have solid wood bodies, all in the same style—sleek, nicely balanced, contoured for comfort, and not too heavy. Ash, maple, mahogany, basswood, or agathis are used for different models, and this variety of woods gives each its own tonal character. Some models have figured maple tops for showtime looks.

Necks

Soundgear necks are especially distinctive, very thin in profile (22mm at the 12th fret) and narrow in width (62mm tapering to 38mm at the nut on the 4-string basses). They play fast and are especially easy on the hand. Soundgear necks are laminated, which gives them a strength that allows the thin profile. The number of laminations and the types of woods used vary from model to model, and the mid- to upper-end Soundgear models use neck-thru construction for enhanced resonance and sustain. All models are 34" scale with 24 frets and have a gentle 34" radius.

Electronics

All Soundgear Basses feature active electronics for high output and tonal flexibility. Most use an Ibanez 2-band EQ system with stacked knobs so you can adjust both treble and bass without moving your hand. Some models feature a three-band Bartolini system with matching Bartolini pickups.

X-rated

The SRX basses are the wild side of the Soundgear family. They are basically the same as the SR models, with loosely parallel step-up features. The big difference is in the pickups. The SRX models are equipped wtih massive high-output PFR humbuckers with exposed pole pieces. They don't just deliver skull-crushing volume. They do it with tone.

Extensive Selection

The Soundgear Basses featured here are the most popular models but there are many more—23 counting the five-strings—so no matter what your style of music is, what features you especially want, or how much your budget will allow, the Soundgear Series gives you real choices. The lower-level models make great starter basses. They are a popular solution for experienced players seeking a worthy five-string as a second instrument. The upper-level models give pro players ample choices of basses that will more than meet their needs. Essentially there's a Soundgear Bass for every player. Choose yours and get a great deal on a bass you'll love playing.

Line 6 Variax Bass 700

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Line 6 Variax Bass 700
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24 different voices in one solidly playable instrument!

The Line 6 Variax Bass 700 gives you access to exciting sounds ranging from vintage instruments to modern classics, acoustic basses, and even synth sounds. Exclusive Line 6 modeling technology inside this solidbody bass allows the bass player to just turn a knob and tap into an entirely different sound. Instantly familiar controls work similarly to those of traditional bass guitars. Constructed with alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, and sealed chrome tuners. Custom-fitted gig bag and direct box included.

Using the optional PODXT Live gives you command of all settings with your foot.

The first modeling bass in the Line 6 stable! The Variax Bass 700 uses patent-pending modeling technology developed for the award-winning Variax line of guitars. Now bass players can have a huge range of sounds in a single, high-quality instrument.

Line 6 Variax Bass 700 Features:

* Line 6 modeling technology
* 24 bass models
* Vintage, modern, hollowbody, acoustic, upright, synth, and other sounds available.
* Works similarly to traditional bass controls
* Alder body
* Maple neck
* Rosewood fingerboard
* Sealed chrome tuners
* Custom-fitted gig bag
* Special direct box included

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