Electro-Harmonix Introduces the Bass9 Bass Machine Pedal

(Image credit: courtesy of Electro-Harmonix)

Electro-Harmonix has introduced the Bass9 Bass Machine, which transforms a guitar signal into nine different bass sounds via a rotary switch—no special pickups, MIDI or instrument modifications required.

The nine bass sounds included are Precision (Fender P Bass), Longhorn (Danelectro six-string bass), fretless, synth (an homage to the Taurus Synthesizer), Virtual (allows the user to adjust body density and neck length for a variety of bass sounds), bowed, split (allows guitarists to play bass on the lower three strings and chords or melody on the top three), 3:03 (polyphonic sounds that recall the Roland TB-303) and Flip-Flop (a Seventies-style logic-driven sub-octave generator that tracks without glitches).

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.