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Stellartone ToneStyler BASS

Over the past 57 years, there have been many advances in bass guitar technology, one of the most significant being the development of active electronics. Since the introduction of Alembic’s earliest powered EQ and preamp circuits, active electronics have become a ubiquitous feature in modern basses. But the classic tone of a passive bass has never gone out of style, and many players still prefer the more “organic” sound of old-school technology.

In the realm of passive instruments, not much has changed, particularly in the EQ department-the low-pass filter tone control is still the standard. But with their ToneStyler tone switch, the tech-wizards at Stellartone have created a product that adds several new dimensions to the concept of passive tone control. The new ToneStyler BASS control (list price: $123.60) offers electric bassists 16 distinct tone variations, without batteries, and without any modification to their instrument.

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