Drawing our “Most anticipated gear of 2019” series to a close are the entrants for accessories and recording. These nifty devices can bolster your setup pretty nicely, so it’d be unwise to overlook them.
1Boss WAZA Tube Amp Expander
Hot on the heels of the success of Universal Audio’s OX last year, Boss has launched the WAZA Tube Amp Expander – a device that aims to enhance the tube-amp experience by giving players more flexibility by combining a variable reactive-load box, active analogue power stage, mic’d cab simulator, IR loader and recording interface – all in one road-ready enclosure.
In a move that will no doubt please recording guitarists on a budget, British interface and console maker Audient has teamed up with Two Notes Audio Engineering to create the Sono – an all-in-one digital guitar interface that offers valve tone courtesy of a built-in preamp valve, plus amp/cab sims, re-amping and more. With all that for just £419,
it promises a huge amount of studio-guitar quality for a very reasonable outlay.
3Peterson StroboStomp HD
For over 70 years, Peterson’s Strobe tuners have earned a well-deserved reputation for precision accuracy in tuning, and the new StroboStomp HD makes it easier than ever to use, with a large high-def colour LED backlit display. Add true and buffered bypass, 100 sweetened tunings, support for a variety of instruments and USB connectivity, and the StroboStomp HD is a complete package.
4Electro-Harmonix guitar strings
The venerable NY effects maker has ventured into guitar strings. The wound strings are constructed from high-carbon, hexagonal steel cores that are precision-wrapped by round nickel-plated steel; the unwound strings use the same core material. “[They’ll] please the most discerning guitar players. They’re long-lasting and deliver lightning-fast playability with great tone and intonation,” says EHX founder Mike Matthews.
5Mono M80 Classic Jumbo Acoustic Case
Mono’s M80 range of extremely rugged and reliable instrument cases have become a staple for musicians in recent years, and now owners of jumbo-sized acoustic guitars can enjoy the same level of protection. Protective innovations onboard include the firm’s patented Headlock design and ‘Sharkskin’ protective shell, plus high-density foam bumpers to improve drop protection, and a lifetime warranty.