Gearhead: The Latest Instruments & Accessories

New products from Roland, G&L, Boss and more

Bosphorus Jazz Master Series Cymbals
Roland Blues Cube "New York Blues" Tone Capsule
Spitfire Audio "North 7" Vintage Keys
Boss VB-2W Vibrato Pedal
G&L Kiloton Bass

Bosphorus Jazz Master Series Cymbals

Given the name of this new series, handcrafted in Turkey by Bosphorus’ cymbal masters, you can probably already guess what the aim is sound-wise: focused, articulate, crystalline. As far as playability, the cymbals’ higher profile means added control, and the 19-, 20-, 21-, 22- and 24-inch cymbals can function as crashes or rides. Fourteen-inch hi-hats are also available, as well as 20- and 22-inch China cymbals. bosphoruscymbals.com

Roland Blues Cube Tone Capsules

As if Roland’s Blues Cubes weren’t brilliant enough already–the warmth and earthiness of a favorite tube combo with the dependability and functionality of a modern solid-state box–the series can quickly be modified via Tone Capsules. Recent highlights of the line include Capsules by jazz-blues virtuoso Robben Ford and NYC-based funk-fusion shredder Oz Noy (dubbed “New York Blues”). Installed as easily as plugging in a lamp, these add-ons can reshape every facet of the amp’s sound. $199-$299 online. roland.com

Spitfire Audio “North 7” Vintage Keys

Sampled vintage-electric-piano sounds can easily go amiss; everyone who’s listened to jazz and pop since the ’60s knows how those sonics are supposed to go, so even a teeny bit off is too much. For absolute authenticity, check out Spitfire Audio’s North 7 collection, featuring painstakingly captured and engineered versions of a Fender Rhodes 73 Mark 1, a Fender Rhodes piano bass, an Hohner Clavinet and a Wurlitzer 200A. $299 online. spitfireaudio.com

BOSS VB-2W

Vibrato PedalHelping those guitarists who’ve scoured the Internet looking for an affordable vintage BOSS VB-2, the Roland-owned brand is less reissuing the pedal than reinventing it. The analog circuitry and classic tones are there when you need that Americana shimmer or want to walk some organ-like basslines, but new sounds are also available through the VB-2W’s Custom Mode, and it can be hooked up to an expression pedal, among other fresh features. $199 online. bossus.com

G&L Kiloton Bass

Leo Fender’s love of innovation defined his entire life’s work, including, or especially, the instruments he designed for his G&L brand. The company’s new Kiloton bass matches his Magnetic Field Design humbucker with a striking, comfortable body design that evokes Fender’s iconic basses as well as his Stratocaster. Other features include a 1 1/2-inch nut width and medium-C neck profile; medium-jumbo, Plek-dressed frets; and a three-position series/split/parallel mini-toggle. $2,000 MSRP. glguitars.com

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