Basone Basbird Guitar

Basone Basbird Guitar

The Canadian company Basone has released a new model of its hand-crafted electric guitars, the Basone Basbird Guitar, a Firebird-like shape guitar with orange-wood finish. As all the Basone guitars this is a handmade model so it will take some time from the ordering to the shipment, but lets take a look at its features.

The Basone Basbird Guitar features Honduran mahogany body with flamed maple body, flamed AAA maple neck, ebony on mahogany fingerboard, 24 frets, 25 7/16″ scale length, GuitarTech/TonePro Superbridge, custom made zebra humbucker pickups, 3-way pickup switch and 2 volume and 1 tone controls. All this wood options, inlays or pickguard can be customized when ordering.

The guitar comes with certificate of authenticity and can be ordered worldwide and payed via PayPal or credit card. The Basone Basbird Guitar is now available and its price starts in CAD $,1200.

M-Audio MicroTrack II Portable Recorder

M-Audio MicroTrack II Portable RecorderM-Audio announces a new portable recorder based on the MicroTrack model that helps us in professional quality recordings of live shows, speeches, songs you just wrote and many more. The M-Audio MicroTrack II Portable Recorder uses Compact Flash or MicroDrives cards to store the recording and its seamless recording for big files keeps us from worrying about file size.

The M-Audio MicroTrack II Portable Recorder features MP3 (96 to 320 kbps at 44.1 or 48kHz quality) and WAV (16 or 24-bit at 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96kHz quality) recording, 2 channels, dual mic preamps with 48V phantom power (switchable), 1/4″ line, S/PDIF and 1/8″ mic (with 5V power for included stereo electret mic) inputs, RCA line and 1/8 stereo headphones outputs, navigation buttons, output level control, backlit LCD display, Compact Flash or MicroDrives storage support and USB 2.0 port.

This portable recorder includes a USB or power supply rechargeable lithium battery that lasts up to 5 hours (3 if you use the phantom power). The M-Audio MicroTrack II Portable Recorder is now available and its price is $299.95.

Boomerang E-155 Chorus-Delay Pedal

Boomerang E-155 Chorus-Delay Pedal

Another effect release today, but this one looks more like a old classic videogame console, the Boomerang E-155 Chorus-Delay is a true stereo chorus and delay pedal, but it can also produce flanger or rotary speaker effects

The Boomerang E-155 Chorus-Delay Pedal features 3 different chorus effects (classic, shimmer and lush), 3 different delay effects (clean, tape and reverse), 11 user presets to store your favorite configurations, 20 bit audio resolution, 48 kHz sampling rate, speed and depth chorus’ controls, time, repeats and level delay’s control, mix knob (allows you to blend between the 2 effects), tap tempo button, stereo 1/4″ input and output (AirMix allows to separate dry and wet signals) and expression pedal input.

The pedal is powered by a 9V DC adapter and includes the Pedal Link connection that allows you to control simultaneously several Boomerang pedals. The Boomerang E-155 Chorus-Delay Pedal is now available and its price is $389.

Catalinbread Ottava Magus Octave Ring Multiplier

Catalinbread Ottava Magus Octave Ring MultiplierThis new release by Catalinbread started with a special offer which allowed you to, as the new Radiohead album, to pay the amount you wanted for the pedal, the problem was that the demand was so high that the offer sold out in 22 seconds. The concrete pedal is the Catalinbread Ottava Magus Octave Ring Multiplier a little bit special octave fuzzbox in a stompbox format.

The Catalinbread Ottava Magus Octave Ring Multiplier is a very simple designed pedal that features volume and intensity controls and on/off footswitch and LED, but the real action is inside, the old school germanium components provides a clean sound when the intensity knob is low and a gained tone when it is high, but between them you have a huge range of tones not similar to other fuzzboxes.

This tonal range allows you to setup a, for example, sitar-like tone or a high gained sub-harmonic tone. The Catalinbread Ottava Magus Octave Ring Multiplier is now available and its price is $129.

Epiphone Slash Les Paul Standard Plus-Top

Epiphone Slash Les Paul Standard Plus-Top

If you don’t want to spend the $4,000 that costs the Slash Gibson signature but you are a big fan of Velvet Revolver’s guitar player and want to own one of its signature guitars this is good news for you, Epiphone will release the Slash Les Paul Standard Plus-Top Guitar a small and cheaper version of the Gibson signature.

The Epiphone Slash Les Paul Standard Plus-Top features mahogany body with flamed maple top, mahogany neck, Slash neck profile, rosewood fingerboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, 24.75″ scale length, LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, 2 Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro (neck and bridge version) humbucker pcikups, 3-way pickup switch and 2 volume and 2 tone controls.

This guitar is available in a great tobacco sunburst finish but the top hat is not included. The price of the Epiphone Slash Les Paul Standard Plus-Top has not been announced yet but it will be available on December 14th.

UPDATE (12.06.2007): The Epiphone Slash Les Paul Standard Plus-Top is now available for preorder and its price is $699, similar to other Epiphone signature guitars.

Mako Amplification MAK2 Guitar Amp

Mako Amplification MAK2 Guitar Amp

The amp company created by Andrew Solner, Mako Amplification, has released a new amp model for metal guitar players, the Mako Amplification MAK2 Guitar Amp, that has been based on the Dorado model’s preamp. The amp is only available as a head version and has custom made Mako transformers and 4, 8 and 16 ohms speaker outputs.

The Mako Amplification MAK2 Guitar Amp features 100 watts power output, 2 channels (clean and high gain), 5 shielded 12AX7 preamp and 4 6550 power tubes, preamp and volume controls per channel, 3-band EQ, 7-way freak switch, gain, efx mix, presence and depth controls and li/hi output and Standby switch.

This amp, and its Mak2-Black version with EL34 power tube, black controls and MakoPlex preamp, is hand-made and comes with lifetime warranty and a channel switcher footswitch. The Mako Amplification MAK2 Guitar Amp is now available ant its price is $2,250.

Digital Audio Service P2 Dynamic Toolbox Preamp

Digital Audio Service P2 Dynamic Toolbox PreampHere we have a new release that could be useful for a lot of studios for tracking, submix effects and mastering tasks on your DAW or mixing console, the Digital Audio Service P2 Dynamic Toolbox, a preamp with switchable built-in stereo linkable compressors.

The Digital Audio Service P2 Dynamic Toolbox Preamp features 2 channels, peakride, dynamic tracking and New York parallel (that allows you to blend between compressed and uncompressed signal) compressions, first two compressions have adjustable threshold limiter (18dBu to -30dBu) and 60ms to 1ms attack time, high and low pass filters, analog meter and bypass function.

This preamp comes in a 2U rack-mountable format. The Digital Audio Service P2 Dynamic Toolbox Preamp is now available and its price is $1,799.

Vox Teardrop Bass Limited Edition VBW-2000

VOX Teardrop Bass Limited Edition VWB-2000

Almost at the same time that Vox has released the Mark III Limited Edition Guitar they have introduced a semi-hollowed body Japanese-made bass model with the same design than the guitar, the Vox Teardrop Bass Limited Edition VBW-2000.

The VOX Teardrop Bass Limited Edition VBW-2000 features mahogany body with carved maple top, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets plus zero fret, 30″ scale length, covered bridge and Vox custom stopbar tailpiece, 2 white covered Vox custom designed single-coil pickups, 3-way pickup switch and volume and tone controls.

This bass has a 3-color sunburst with natural vintage finish. The Vox Teardrop Bass Limited Edition VBW-2000 price and availability have not been announced yet.

Tascam DP-02 & DP-02CF Digital Portastudios

Tascam DP-02 & DP-02CF Digital Portastudios

Although there is not any information yet on the Tascam website, they will release a new model on the Recording product line. This new model is an update of 2 of the DP-01 product series, The Tascam DP-02 and DP-02CF Digital Portastudios

The Tascam DP-02 Digital Portastudio features 8-channel recording, 40GB internal hard drive, 16-bit resolution and 44.1 kHz sampling rate, volume fader, pan and effect send controls and 2-band EQ per channel, transport controls, backlit LCD display, built-in metronome and chromatic tuner, guitar, bass, drum and vocal multi-effects (including a stereo reverb processor), 2 XLR mic/line inputs, headphones, stereo RCA line and S/PDIF digital outputs, +48V phantom power, built-in CD-RW recorder and USB 2.0 port.

The Tascam DP-02CF Digital Portastudio features 8-channel recording, 16-bit resolution and 44.1 kHz sampling rate, volume fader, pan and effect send controls and 2-band EQ per channel, transport controls, backlit LCD display, built-in metronome, 2 XLR mic/line inputs, headphones, stereo RCA line and S/PDIF digital outputs, +48V phantom power, compact flash card slot, 1GB included compact flash card and USB 2.0 port.

Both models are now available and their prices are $299.95 for the Tascam DP-02CF model and $499.95 for the Tascam DP-02 model.

Jeffrey Young JJ 2008 Edition Guitar

Jeffrey Young JJ 2008 Edition GuitarThis is another release of a hand-made guitar, this time is the first release of the luthier Jeffrey Young next year’s models, the Jeffrey Young JJ 2008 Guitar. This singe cut-away acoustic guitar includes some improvements developed by Jeffrey Young collaborating with some of his favorite artists but conserves the user choice options from other models.

The Jeffrey Young JJ 2008 Edition Guitar features beveled-edge body shape, small jumbo full size body, Malaysian blackwood, Macassar ebony, monkey pod, amboyna, nyatoh, spruce, cedar and rosewood wood options for top, back and side woods.

Each of these models will include Jeffrey Young signature and an unique number and have limited lifetime warranty. The Jeffrey Young JJ 2008 Edition Guitar is now available and its price depends on the wood choices but the starting price is $3,000 and the time to complete a guitar can last up to 6 months.