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Gearhead: The Stocking Stuff of Legend

Sensible gift tips for the musically inclined

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Blackstar amPlug 2 FLY Bass
Blackstar amPlug 2 FLY Bass

Plugging Away

The tiny Blackstar amPlug 2 FLY Bass battery-powered headphone amp connects directly to your favorite low-freq freak’s electric bass and rotates to accommodate a range of different instrument designs. Its tone-shaping circuit, based on Blackstar’s popular FLY bass amp, features three gain modes (Classic, Modern, and Overdrive) and allows for fine-tuning with an unobtrusive dial. The mPlug also comes loaded with six rhythm loops with tap-tempo control, while an 1/8″ aux input lets players practice along to just about anything. Expect seven hours of playing time from a pair of AAAs. Check the amPlug 2 FLY Bass at Sweetwater.com!

$58.99 street  blackstaramps.com

Originally Published

Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.