This week on Guitar Gear Gems we take a look at the latest Mesa/Boogie lightweight bass amp head, the new debut pedal from Salt Box Workshop called the Spite Box. And finally, Jack White has yet another Fender Custom Shop guitar to check out.
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This week on Guitar Gear Gems we take a look at a super lightweight bass map, a new fuzz/distortion pedal from the USA and a special one-off custom fretless bass made for Jack White.
Mesa/Boogie Subway D-350
This Mesa/Boogie amp head is the latest in their lightweight range which includes the Subway D-800. The new Subway D-350 is now their lightest bass amp head in the range and weighs in at a meagre 1.4 kilograms. This dinky bass amp head offers a more than reasonable 350 watts of Class D power. Which makes it an ideal companion for the bass player on the move.
The Subway D-350 has an Active/Passive switch, along with an Input Mute switch, allowing for silent use of inline tuners. There is also a Bright switch that adds bite and sparkle. It has separate Gain and Master Volume controls and a three-band EQ section. Plus, there is a built-in fixed high-pass filter which blocks unwanted and non-musical sub-sonic frequencies for a better, more accurate output.
It is a true bypass design and takes a standard 9V DC negative tip power supply.
Not bad for a lightweight rig and the MSRP is pretty reasonable as well.
MSRP – USD 699
The Spite Box is the debut pedal from Salt Box Workshop. This distortion and fuzz pedal has an upper octave and crossover distortion preamp, plus an active bass boost. Making it a pretty potent dirt box, with a lot of options, yet a very simple user interface. The pedal is a collaborative design between Dave Gill and Jeff Davis and will help raise money for local music programs in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Spite Box has Volume, Depth and Spite controls, plus a single footswitch on/off. The Depth control is a boost and will add low end at 100hz. Then Spite mixes the crossover distortion and upper octave into the preamp circuit. You can hear this new fuzz/distortion pedal in the demo video below.
MSRP – USD 199
Jack White has yet another Fender Custom Shop instrument he is showing off, and this time he has a fretless Fender Telecaster bass. We recently saw his new offset in a similar blue/white colour scheme. Now he has been showing fans his new bass that he designed with the Fender Custom Shop.
It has a maple neck and matching fretless fretboard, plus two Tom Shaw pickups. These pickups can be set to in or out via the two push pots and sent directly to the output via the push function. This means the potentiometers are removed completely from the signal path when required.
Again, like his recent Jazzmaster, this new Custom Shop fretless bass is finished in Blue Sparkle and has all white hardware. Check out the Instagram video below for a walkthrough of all its unique features.