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Aguilar bass head, Vic Firth drumsticks and a new Roland Jazz Chorus

Aguilar AG 700 Bass Amp Head
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Aguilar AG 700 Bass Amp Head
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Vic Firth's Modern Jazz Collection Drumsticks
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Vic Firth's Modern Jazz Collection Drumsticks
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Roland JC-22 Jazz Chorus Guitar Amp
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Roland JC-22 Jazz Chorus Guitar Amp
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Aguilar AG 700 Bass Amp Head
As impressively loud as it is lightweight (just under 5 lbs.), this new amp head from Aguilar offers 700 solid-state watts across the dynamic spectrum—added low end and headroom, plus Deep and Bright EQ switches. Dial in precise tones via Treble, Hi Mid, Lo Mid and Bass controls, run stompboxes through a series effects loop and track directly into the soundboard using the XLR balanced output. $849 online. aguilaramp.com

Vic Firth’s Modern Jazz Collection Drumsticks
Talk about a dream design team: Vic Firth’s new jazz-focused series of sticks was crafted using input from Jeff Ballard, Gregory Hutchinson, Joe McCarthy and Lewis Nash. Included in the series is the MJC1, with a slightly extended 55A shaft, medium taper and oval tip; the MJC2, thinner than a typical 5A and featuring an extra-long taper and elongated arrow tip; the MJC3, with its stretched 8D shaft, medium taper and oval tip; the 5B, maple MJC4, with its small barrel tip and long taper; and the MJC5, boasting an 8D shaft with medium taper and a nylon tip. $9.99/pair online. vicfirth.com

Roland JC-22 Jazz Chorus Guitar Amp
Roland’s Jazz Chorus combos have long been go-to amps for guitarists in need of a responsive, crystalline sound with plenty of no-hassle solid-state power. And while that massive output has been one of the series’ charms, making the JC-120 great for both hollowbody players gigging in big rooms and heavy-metal shredders looking for a fine clean sound, it isn’t always necessary. Enter the JC-22, a wieldy, 30-watt stereo amp featuring Roland’s signature Dimensional Space Chorus effect, plus stereo reverb and a stereo effects loop that is switchable from series to parallel. $399 online. roland.com