Bass Station II
Novation’s popular 20-year-old Bass Station gets an update with the Bass Station II, an all-analog redesign equipped with two filters, two oscillators, a sub-obscillator, patch-save capability, onboard modulation, an arpeggiator, and analog effects. It handles MIDI and USB.
|Bass Prodigy Four:88
|Bass Strategy Eight:88
Four:88 and Strategy Eight:88 heads The 250-watt Prodigy Four:88 sports three preamp tubes and four power tubes, plus a “full/half power” switch that delivers a studio-friendly 125 watts. The 465-watt Strategy:88, which boasts three preamp tubes and eight power tubes, can be reigned it at 250 or 125 watts. Both amps share a handful of features, including pre/post DI and ground switches on the front of the head, two tuner outputs, “normal” and “vintage” inputs, fixed bias, active/passive semi-parametric EQs, and fan cooling.
Street Prodigy Four:88, $1,800; Strategy Eight:88, $2,400
Affinity Precision Bass PJ
Squier’s Affinity series gets a boost with the Precision Bass PJ model, which marries an alder-body Precision body, a 34"-scale “C” shape P neck with 20 jumbo frets, and separate Precision and Jazz pickups, each with its own volume control. The Squier PJ, which also features a two-color headstock logo, a three-ply black/white/black pickguard, and a master tone control, is available in Olympic White, black, and metallic red.
Hailfire ST & Hailfire FM Basses
Former Dean Guitars chief Dean Zelinsky steps out with a line of neck-through Hailfire ST and FM basses, which boast mahogany bodies, 34"-scale necks with block inlays, EMG TB pickups, EMG BTC preamps, Babicz bridges, and classic body shapes. The Hailfire FM is available in transparent red and black, and the ST is available in black satin and blueburst.
$1,030 to $1,250
D&A Guitars’ clear, lightweight IceStand aims to be tough enough to support your bass yet small enough to fit into a gig bag. A three-point base and non-slip materials at the point of contact help keep your bass steady and unscathed.
Acoustic, $30; Electric, $27
SPB-4 Steve Harris Signature pickup
Road-tested by the Iron Maiden icon for more than a decade, this custom-spec SPB-4 Steve Harris Signature Model P-Bass pickup boasts vintage-hot coil windings (13kΩ), Alnico 5 rod magnets, and Harris’ signature logo.