Magazine article International Musician

Cool Tools

Magazine article International Musician

Cool Tools

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HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?

Kala's five-string SUB series solid body U-Bass is a short-scale, travel friendly instrument. It is equipped with Kala's unique polyurethane strings, a Shadow active pickup system with volume control and two-band EQ, custom Hipshot licensed tuners, and Graph Tech Black Tusq self-lubricating nut. The five-string SUB comes in Sunburst, Cherryburst, red, and black finishes, with an included gig bag.

www.kalabrand.com

DIY SYNTH

The Korg Little Bits Synth Kit isn't just for Analog Synthesizer aficionados. It's a comprehensive toolbox filled with 12 interchangeable modules to make all kinds of projects. It can also be used to sculpt unique sounds for your recordings or as a teaching aid in the classroom to help students understand the basics of sound. The accompanying booklet walks you through all the projects and is a wellspring of information with explanations of what sound is and the history of synthesizing. Magnetically attached modules can easily be reconfigured over and over again to create different instruments. The kit easily interfaces with sound systems or headphones.

www.littlebits.cc

VINTAGE VELA UNVEILED

The PRS S2 Vela offers vintage-in-spired personality and tons of tonal textures. According to Jim Cullen, PRS Guitars National Sales Manager, Vela offers a different aesthetic in a PRS guitar. Its offset body shape is elegant and edgy. It comes with a PRS-designed Starla humbucker in the bridge and Type-D singlecoil in the neck. Its plate-style bridge with two brass saddles was designed to compensate for intonation. …

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