COVER STORY: BEN HARPER

Australian Guitar - - Contents -

Ben Harper and Char­lie Mus­sel­white have a tele­pathic mu­si­cal con­nec­tion. Their 2013 al­bum, GetUp!, was an in­stant hit both com­mer­cially and with crit­ics. Now, five long and sto­ried years later, they’re at it again.

RRP: $1,199 (Pow­er­cab 112) • $1,599 (Pow­er­cab 112 Plus) line6.com The Pow­er­cab 112 and Pow­er­cab 112 Plus are one-by-12 ac­tive speaker sys­tems that de­liver an au­then­tic ‘amp in the room’ play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence when paired with any mod­eller, pro­filer, or even an amp sim­u­la­tion pedal. Se­lect one of six clas­sic speaker mod­els as al­ter­na­tives to your cur­rent cab mod­els, or sim­ply plug in your mod­eller and play us­ing Flat Mode – the choice is yours. Powercabs are also loud enough to fill any small club or medium-sized venue, and per­form­ing gui­tarists will also ap­pre­ci­ate their lightweight, yet road­wor­thy con­struc­tion, com­pact size, flip-out kick­stands and XLR di­rect out­puts.

The Pow­er­cab 112 Plus also in­cludes pow­er­ful and ad­vanced fea­tures such as a two-inch LCD, 128 user pre­set lo­ca­tions, MIDI In and Out con­trols, AES/EBU and L6 LINK dig­i­tal I/O, a mul­tipur­pose sec­ond in­put and a USB au­dio in­ter­face.

NEW MAR­CUS MILLER MARK­BASS RANGE

RRP: $950 to 1,995 (Heads) • $1,550 to $2,250 (Cabs) | cm­c­mu­sic.com.au Mar­cus Miller and Marco De Vir­giliis are both renowned in­no­va­tors – Miller for his ground­break­ing style and trade­mark sound, and De Vir­giliis for his rev­o­lu­tion­ary lightweight, por­ta­ble, pow­er­ful and ex­cep­tional sound­ing bass heads and cab­i­nets. The Mar­cus Miller sig­na­ture se­ries is the re­sult of the meet­ing of th­ese two ground­break­ing ca­reers.

Lit­tle Mar­cus heads – avail­able in 250-, 500-, 800- and 1,000-watt ver­sions – of­fer in­tu­itive, yet very ef­fec­tive con­trols in the main EQ area that let you eas­ily tai­lor your sound to any genre or style, while the new Old School and Mil­ler­izer fil­ters – de­signed with Miller and fea­tured in the sec­ondary EQ area – al­low bassists to quickly dial in any­thing from a vin­tage tone to an in-your-face slap.

In ad­di­tion to the four new Miller-spec­i­fied heads, two new Mar­cus Miller cab­i­nets are on their way to stores. De­signed and built to de­liver the sig­na­ture Mar­cus Miller tone that re­lies on in­creased ‘ul­tra’ lows and a spe­cific top-end.

IBANEZ TS MINI TUBE SCREAMER PEDAL

RRP: $129 aus­tral­is­mu­sic.com.au The TS Mini is a reis­sue of the fa­mous green tube screamer, now in a mini steel case. Made in Ja­pan, the TS Mini has 100 per­cent ana­log cir­cuitry along with true by­pass switch­ing. The Mini is a great over­drive pedal with a fa­mous growl, and takes up only a tiny amount of space on your ped­al­board with sim­ple Over­drive, Tone and Level con­trols.

CARL MARTIN DC DRIVE

RRP: $199 | in­no­va­tive­mu­sic.com.au The DC Drive is the first in a new range of Carl Martin ped­als de­signed for a smaller ped­al­board foot­print with the same great tones. Be­sides the typ­i­cal Level, Tone and Drive knobs – which ob­vi­ously con­trol the vol­ume of the sig­nal, the tone and the amount of over­drive – Carl has smartly added a Reg­u­lar/Fat switch. In Reg­u­lar mode, the drive is crisp and clear, suit­able for any­thing that calls for some clas­sic old school drive. Switch over to Fat mode, how­ever, and the drive gets thicker with a lot more gain, sound­ing much more mod­ern. The pedal can be pow­ered by a reg­u­lated power sup­ply like the Carl Martin ProPower V2.

2018 LIM­ITED EDI­TION STRAT-TELE HY­BRID

RRP: $3,599 | fender.com.au The lim­ited edi­tion Fender Strat-Tele hy­brid is the ideal in­stru­ment for throw­ing down hot licks in any set­ting. Fender have dressed up the tra­di­tional Tele body with pro­fes­sional touches like three Cus­tom Shop ’69 Aged Strat pick­ups, a Strat syn­chro­nised tremolo bridge and an el­e­gant sil­ver ‘spaghetti’ Fender logo. It fea­tures an Amer­i­can Pro­fes­sional ‘Deep C’ neck pro­file and a 9.5-inch fin­ger­board, and in­cludes a hard­shell case.

ERNIE BALL CA­BLES RANGE

RRP: $63.95 | cm­c­mu­sic.com.au Ernie Ball’s all new braided in­stru­ment ca­bles of­fer dual con­duc­tors that de­liver reliably clear tone with crisp highs, tight mids and rich har­mon­ics. Th­ese ca­bles of­fer mul­ti­ple shield­ing ma­te­ri­als that pre­serve gui­tar tone with low han­dling noise. The braided jacket ex­te­rior pro­vides a tan­gle-re­sis­tant ex­pe­ri­ence and comes in 12 dif­fer­ent colours, in­clud­ing slinky neon green, pink and or­ange. Clas­sic vin­tage coiled ca­bles have also made a come­back, with a durable PVC jacket ex­te­rior en­sur­ing long-last­ing per­for­mance. Ernie Ball’s patch ca­ble range has also ex­panded, with six-inch patch­ers that are also avail­able with flat-topped an­gle con­nec­tors to take up min­i­mal room on a ped­al­board.

MOR­LEY MINI WAH

RRP: $189 | in­no­va­tive­mu­sic.com.au When ped­al­board real es­tate mat­ters, the Mini Wah is the per­fect so­lu­tion. A tra­di­tional wah tone with a tiny foot­print, the Mor­ley Mini Wah fea­tures an elec­tro-op­ti­cal wah con­trol, side-mounted on/off switch, ‘True-Tone’ by­pass buf­fer cir­cuit‘and is built to last‘in a road­wor­thy cold-rolled steel hous­ing. It can be pow­ered by a nine-volt 300-mil­liamp adapter or nine-volt bat­tery, and comes with one year of in­cluded war­ranty.

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