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Gear Check – March 2016

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckMarch 2016 • April 8, 2016

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Merida Guitars Parlor Series

The new Parlor Series instruments feature a solid sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, a newly designed and modified scalloped bracing, and slightly smaller frets than previously found on a Mérida Guitar. This series will also include a model outfitted with Fishman Electronics. These instruments start at $399.


Ibanez SR300E Basses

Available in 4, 5, and 6-string versions, the SR300E, 305E and 306E are designed for experienced players. New pickups and EQ electronics give the SR300 series a new level of sound quality and control. New Ibanez “PowerSpan” dual coil pickups feature stainless steel poles for greater output, clarity, and fullness than any other pickup in its class. Accessed by a 3-way “Power Tap” switch, these proprietary pickups offer three tonal options: a rich humbucker sound, a pure single coil sound, or an enhanced single coil sound— all fattened by supporting low-end, provided by the humbucking portion of each pickup. Precise tone preferences are dialed in with the Ibanez Custom 3-band EQ. At the core of the SR300E is a mahogany body that creates full, warm tone. Other features include a sturdy 5-piece maple/rosewood SR neck, a rosewood fretboard, and the Ibanez Accu-cast bridge for superior string vibration transfer and precise intonation.



The Sax Dakota Straight Tenor Saxophone

Since the tube of this unique saxophone is straight, the structure of its sound is organized, not only by the shape of the tube, but also by you, the player. This straight tenor is for the saxophonist who is looking to craft his or her own unique voice. The instrument is for players of all ages and styles. Tone boosters are hardened/ plated steel for maximum personal sound projection. All pad cups are custom designed as “low profile” for crisp ‘note to note’ speed plus full register impeccable intonation set-up.



Riversong Wooden Composite Pick Expansion

This year many new products have been added including new thicknesses and materials, .46, 0.8, 1.0, 1.2mm, Power X, Pick Card, and finally a new pick display with 10 different wooden composite picks.


Levy’s Scenic MPDS2 and Falcon MJ2PLD

Levy’s introduces the MPDS2 sublimation guitar straps with colorful outdoor scenes. Available in nine different patterns, the straps feature leather ends and are adjustable to 65”. Levy’s also introduces the MJ2PLD in four vibrant plaids. The edges of this strap are a frayed jacquard weave on a polyester back. The ends are distressed leather. Available in tan, brown, green, and purple and is adjustable to 65”.                       


Zoom Q4n Handy Video Recorder 

Equipped with a bright-apertured 160˚ wide-angle lens, the new Q4n captures sharp, brilliant video — in bright daylight, vivid sunset, or low-lit club — with resolutions up to 2.3k (2304 x 1296 pixels) 3M HD, bitrates of up to 24 Mbps, and frame rates of 30 and 60 fps. It comes with nine “Scene” presets for various environments, as well as four levels of digital zoom. SD cards up to 128 gigabytes can be used for extended recording times, great for capturing performances and podcasting. The Q4n offers a full-color touchscreen display and rechargeable Li-on battery, along with a built-in tripod mount and a three-prong adapter for compatibility with all action camera mounts, including Zoom’s optional guitar headstock and microphone stand mounts. A USB port allows for live streaming and enables the Q4n to act as a web camera or USB microphone, and an HDMI video output allows connection to HDTVs. $299.99.

Cases and Stands


Manhasset Chorale Microphone Stands

The Manhasset Chorale Microphone Stands uses the Manhasset Symphony shaft with Magic Finger Clutch and the Symphony base for great stability and support. The mic adaptor (included) has 5/8” threads to easily attach to almost any 5/8” mic clip can be attached to hold the microphone in place.  (microphone and mic clip sold separately).

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