With the whirlwind that was NAMM 2018 over and out for another 12 months we take this chance to look back at our top 3 bass gear picks from the show. We think these releases will shake the bass world for 2018 and just down-right blow everyone away.
ESP Exhibition Custom Shop Basses
It is this time of year the Japanese custom shop luthiers from ESP Guitars really flex their muscles on one of the biggest of stages in guitar manufacturing. Out of the 50 guitars in the exhibition series you are always sure to get some tasty bass offerings, and they did not disappoint! Our hot pick from this selection was Exhibition number 14, a single cut green stained five string bass sparing no expense to detail and on-board features. Intricate fingerboard inlays twinned with high end exotic woods seen this bass stand out and demand attention. Seymour Duncan custom shop pickups compliment the extended EQ options on the pre amp, giving the player a myriad of tones available at their fingertips!
Darkglass Alpha Omega Ultra
Bass pedal wizards Darkglass launched their new addition to the Alpha Omega family: the Ultra! This unit sees a 6 band graphic EQ added for optimal tonal variety which comes extremely usable whilst driving their signature dual distortion circuits. The Ultra now comes with USB features; this allows the user to upload Cab Simulator settings as well as pre-stored EQ options manipulated on the user’s computer. The cab sim allows the user to record / plug straight into the desk live and use as a portable preamp. This gives the feeling of a live rig with speaker impulse response technology creating a fuller bass tone from the line out.
Ampeg Opto Comp & Liquifier Pedals
Bass veterans Ampeg added to their compact pedal offering with the arrival of the Liquifier chorus pedal and Opto Comp optical compressor! These pedals keep the same pricing and chassis as the recent Scrambler & Classic pedals thus complimenting the range very well. Both analog by design, these pedals still embrace and embody Ampeg’s vintage product direction. The Liquifier analog chorus pedal holds a dual-chorus circuit generally found in pedals double the price. This circuit does not over complicate the unit with ease of use still priority with Rate, Depth and Effect Level the only three knobs found on the unit. The straight forward Opto Comp analog compressor also keeps it simple for the user, Compression, Release and Output Level are the only controls needed to understand this compact optical compressor. Two robust affordable pedals from Ampeg, a great addition to the already solid range!