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Gigbag: May 2001

Yamaha SLB-100 Silent Bass

Yamaha’s newest member of the Silent String series is the 2-pound 3-ounce SLB-100 electric upright bass. This 3/4-scale bass comes with a detachable frame to provide natural feel and support, internal electronics that eliminate the need for external preamplification and dual piezo pickups. More information is available at www.yamaha.com.

Veillette MK-IV-M Seven-String Guitar

Tagged as the “Magnificent 7,” Veillette’s new seven-string electric/acoustic guitar features a 26-and-1/16-inch scale length that allows the seventh string to fully vibrate without sacrificing the tone and feel of the other strings. It has a semisolid body, 24-fret fingerboard and features the Alvarez System 500A piezo-electric bridge transducer that has been modified for seven strings. It also has a preamp for pure acoustic tones and

a Kent Armstrong magnetic pickup for electric tones. For more information contact 845-679-6154 or www.veilletteguitars.com.

Tama Stewart Copeland Signature Snare

Tama has released the Stewart Copeland Signature Palette 5″ x 14″ snare drum, based on specifications designed by the former drummer of The Police. Instead of a 1mm brass shell, the Copeland snare features a 1.5mm thick shell, which complements his preference for higher-pitched tunings. The die-cast batter hoop helps the snare cut through the music and having the high rim on the top hoop makes for easy rim shots. More information is available at www.tama.com.

Technics SX-KN6500 Keyboard

This Technics model adds 60 newly created instrument variations, including those like the tenor-sax soloist sound, to its 1,000 sound settings. It also includes 20 new rhythms with 80 rhythm variations. The SX-KN6500’s preset sounds feature keyboard, string, wind, brass and percussion instruments-many with multiple settings-all sampled from live performances to ensure authentic timbres. More information is available at www.technicsusa.com.

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