Cannon Announces First Lens In Series Of Fixed Focal Length RF Hybrid Lenses



Canon U.S.A., Inc, a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced the RF35mm F1.4 L VCM lens and Speedlite EL-10 flash. The new RFmm lens is the first in a series of fixed focal length RF lenses with hybrid video and design, and the Speedlight EL-10 integrates with Canon’s new multi-function shoe design, for users of recent Canon EOS cameras.

Answering the needs of many professional high-level photographers, the new RF35m F1.4 VCM lens can be looked upon as a standard lens for video and still users — for example, those who use EOS R5 and EOS C70 cameras. 

This lens is the beginning of a new hybrid lens series with its fixed focal length, fills a gap as there is not a fixed focal length lens features a manual iris (aperture) ring which helps provide better control when shooting movies. The lens allows very little focus “breathing” as focus is moved, and it’s highlighted by two Aspherical lens elements and two ultra-low Dispersion glass elements. 

Overall, this lens has the outstanding L-series optical design many professionals have grown accustomed to. In addition, the lens can be used with the newly announced Canon EOS C400 cinema camera, further reinforcing Canon’s full support of the video market.

“The new RF35mm F1.4 L VCM lens is the answer for high-level video in the mirrorless market — while also providing still-imaging storytellers the durability and optical performance that is synonymous with Canon lenses,” said Brian Mahar, senior vice president & general manager, Canon U.S.A, Inc.

The Speedlite EL-10 flash is designed for the amateur photographer who is stepping into the mirrorless world, and the veteran user who is looking to get reacquainted with flash photography. The multi-function shoe helps the still imagery storyteller by providing immediate access to the flash control menu, and either an on-camera EL-10 or the optional super-compact Speedlite Transmitter ST-E10 assists with triggering from one through up to fifteen off-camera flashes.

The Speedlite EL-10 is a radio-based wireless flash with 2nd-curtain sync capabilities, and leverages four AA batteries instead of a separate battery that requires charging — making operation more streamlined for some users. 

In addition, it features a Custom Flash Mode function, allowing the end-user to register and store up to three sets of flash settings, and is approximately the same size and weight as its predecessor the Speedlite 430EX-III RT — while also pushing out the same amount of power.

Automatic balanced fill flash is a key benefit to using flash photography, whether during daytime or low-light with slow shutter speed, and the Speedlite EL-10 is an excellent gear bag addition to achieve that creative look in one’s photos.

“Flash photography is a simple yet versatile way to add drama to one’s photos and with Canon’s steadfast commitment to reliability, the Speedlight EL-10 provides a full-circle Canon shooting experience,” continued Brian Mahar, senior vice president & general manager, Canon U.S.A, Inc.

Price & Availability

RF35mm F1.4 L VCM lens is expert to be available in June for an estimated retail price of $1,499.00 and the Speedlite EL-10 is also expected to be available in June for an estimated retail price of $249.99. For more information, please visit usa.canon.com.


FRIEDMAN Announces BE Deluxe



For over a decade, Dave Friedman’s “BE” circuit has been hailed as the epitome of British tone.

In recent years, this tonal infusion has made the BE-100 the most popular and sought after 100 Watt boutique amp by a mile. The new BE-100 Deluxe, like its little brother the BE-50 Deluxe, takes this BE circuit to a whole new level.

All of the astoundingly flexible and gorgeous-sounding tonal characteristics of the original BE-100 are on tap with the new deluxe model. The deluxe version is now a fully featured three channel amp. An additional gain and master for the HBE channel; a new plexi clean channel borrowed from the coveted Smallbox amp; and new tone shaping tools including a response switch, thump frequency switch and thump knob are just some of the features at your disposal with Dave’s new flagship amp.

BE AND HBE OVERDRIVE CHANNELS

Friedman’s BE and HBE drive channels have earned their reputation for high-gain crunch, clarity and nuance. The deluxe model doubles this up with two separate gain and masters, allowing you to explore the wide spectrum of each circuit.

SMALLBOX PLEXI CHANNEL

The BE-100 Deluxe boasts a completely new clean channel inspired by the plexi channel of the Smallbox amp. Not only does it clean up nicely, but it can bring out that iconic plexi grit which can be shaped using the gain, volume and three band EQ controls.

FLEXIBLE MASTER SECTION

The BE-100 Deluxe not only grants you complete control of the three pre-amp channels, but the critical power section as well. This astounding flexibility starts on the front panel where you’re able to tune the amp’s overall character with a presence knob, three position switches for frequency and response, as well as a thump knob control. Every player is different in a variety of unique ways. These tools allow you to finely sculpt the overall tone of the power section to YOUR liking – think of it as an EQ for your power amp.

TRANSPARENT EFFECTS LOOP

Effects loops can be suck tone. Dave has un-sucked this problem with the most transparent effects loop in the business. Plug into it and you won’t even know it’s there!

FEATURES

  • 100 Watt all-tube head
  • Three channels
  • Hand-wired in the USA
  • 4 x EL-34 power tubes
  • 5 x 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • BE channel – Gain, Master, Bass, Middle, Treble (shared with the HBE channel)
  • HBE channel – Gain, Master, Bass, Middle, Treble (shared with the BE channel)
  • Plexi channel – Gain, Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble and fat switch
  • C45 voicing switch (BE / HBE channel)
  • Saturation switch – adds saturation
  • Voice switch – varies top end response
  • Gain Structure switch – Lowers gain of BE / HBE channel
  • Ultra-transparent series effects loop
  • Response switch – varies negative feedback
  • Frequency switch – changes frequency of the Thump knob
  • Thump knob – varies lowered response of amp
  • Two button foot switch for channel selections
  • 4,8 and 16 ohm impedance selector switch
  • Dimensions 8.75” (D) x 29.25 (W) x 12.25”
  • Weight 43 lbs.

The BE 100 Deluxe is priced at $3,999.99


Magnatone Introduces the SLASH Signature Collection Blackout Edition



On the heals of its successful launch of its limited edition Slash Signature SL-100 Head and SL-4×12 Speaker Cabinet, Magnatone is very proud to announce the new Slash Signature Collection Blackout edition.

Wrapped in a sleek, stage-stunning black 100% cotton croc textile (that ages beautifully), this outstanding Slash-designed amp has the same, hand-built specs, components and features of the limited edition green anaconda SL-100 Head and SL-4×12 Speaker Cabinet, but comes out roaring with its own Blackout rock and roll attitude.

Like all Magnatone amps in the Master Collection (and Traditional Collection), the Magnatone Slash Signature SL-100 head is a 100-watt, made-in-the-USA, all-tube amp. Every single component – from caps and transformers to cabinets and handles – is sourced in the States. 

Those facts aren’t lost on Slash, a fervent tone alchemist, who, along with long-tome Magnatone engineer and tube amp guru, Obeid Khan, designed The SL-100. In short, it’s a monster – the most powerful Magnatone to date, delivering enough unbelievable tone, gain and headroom to fill a stadium (which you may get to experience for yourself on Slash’s next tour).

“I’ve become a big fan of the Magnatone sound, and it’s been an honor to help design a 100-watt amp with them. I thin we put the Magnatone tone and clarity together with some raw power and crunch. The combination is aggressive and sweet simultaneously, it’s pretty awesome,” said Slash.

The Blackout Edition is powered by four EL-34 tubes, delivering exceptional headroom, clarity, and the grit-n-grind tone Slash has made his own, both live and in the studio. The SL-100 pre-amp uses four 12AX7/ECC83 tubes with two distinct gain modes. Players can switch between the “LO” and “HI” settings via a control panel slide switch or one-button footswitch (included).

The LO gain mode is voiced with 60s Classic Rock tones in mind, and they’re slightly tweaked to better control the icepick highs in today’s music. Using a guitar with humbuckers fully cranked, the low gain control has a medium crunch that is sublime in depth and tonal quality.

The HI gain mode is designed with a cascaded gain pre-amp style that’ll bring back some 80’s modded memories, and it’s been fine-tuned to optimize the sound for Slash’s heavy-duty humbuckers sound. But the gain doesn’t mask the guitarists tone (like some amps), so clarity and the voice of the guitar stay true. The treble control boosts the highs for pick clarity, but without being overly harsh.

Magnatone and Khan developed the SL-100 to meet SLASH’s needs. A lot of thought went into the mods, which were made using a stock Super Fifty-Nine M-80.

The control panel of the SL-100 is a easy-to-adjust-on-the-fly four-band EQ with Treble, Middle, Bass, an Presence, so any player of any level can dial their guitar voice easily. The 100-watt power amp allows the EQ to have clarity and focus – essential in sound tweaking.

Now, Slash likes to play LOUD. So if you’re looking to blow out windows and get tons of noise complaints, you’re good to go. BUT, low-volume settings also benefit from the headroom available with a variety of tonal variation possible. The tube-buffered Effects loop has been optimized for pedal-level operation, too, if you just can’t bear to leave your board behind.

The Blackout 4×12 speaker cabinet is loaded with four Celestion Vintage 30 speakers – Slash’s speaker of choice. They deliver warm tone, smooth and creamy breakup and gutsy upper mid’s that are what Celestion’s are known for. 

They deliver warm tone, smooth and creamy breakup and gutsy upper mid’s that are what Celestion’s are known for. The cabinet is 3/4” Baltic Birch wood, handmade in the USA using finger joint woodworking craftsmanship. An internal sound post is used for the closed backboard design and the cool-as-hell Magnatone logo is lighted when connected to the midi jack on the back of the SL-100 head.

The Slash SL-100 and SL-412 Slash Signature Collection Blackout Edition is available to pre-order now, and will start shipping in July 2024.


Wee Thunder Amps Announces The Blood Orange



Based on the British Thunder of the AD200B Bass Amp, this pedal gives players true type tone and grit at the stomp of a switch. 

When we set out to make an amp-in-a-box style pedal, we wanted to make exactly that… a tube amp in a box. Based on one of the best tube driven bass amps ever made, the AD200B. From full, powerful cleans to beautiful harmonic break up to full out fuzz, this amp covers it all!

We start with a 12AX7 preamp tube and run it at 250 vdc, full operating voltage. That means the tube is providing all the sound for the pedal, it’s not just there to look pretty.

Next, we use Mallory M150 and Silver Mica signal capacitors just like you would see in a real, high end tube amp. We use metal film resistors for the tube plates to keep the noise floor low and carbon film resistors in the rest of the signal path to give the tone more mojo and less sterility.

The Blood Orange makes an excellent pre amp to run before a power amp or directly into a recording interface to give you convenient tube tone at your finger tips. It also makes and awesome drive pedal to put in front of your favorite amp to add saturated tube grit and funk to your sound.

FEATURES:

  • 3 band EQ for total tone control
  • True Bypass
  • Solid aluminum housing
  • Runs 9v center negative power supply (not included)
  • Ours pedals 100% hand assembled in Canada
  • We use lead free PCB’s and solder and use minimal packaging to do what we can to keep things green.
  • Free world wide shipping

$325 CAD No Tube

$355 CAD JJ 12AX7


Genzler Amplification Announces KINETIX 800



The KENETIX 800 represents the latest revolution in lightweight, high-output, versatile bass amplification from GENZLER AMPLIFICATION.

With our years of research, design, and manufacturing expertise, we developed this model utilizing stringent design parameters for form, function, fit and finish. 

This latest design blends the warmth and harmonic content of a CLASS A, all tube preamp design, offering three 12AX7 tubes running at a full 300 volt plate voltage and a high output. Class D, 800 watt power module, delivering a professional high-powered, tour-class bass guitar amplifier weighing just over 7 pounds!

Just as the name implies, the KINETIX 800 was designed to be that responsive, kinetic connection of interactive energy between the player’s expressiveness, their technique, and the tonal response coming back to them from this amplifier and speaker system – engaging with quickness and snap when pushed, or slow harmonic block when sustained. 

Think of the KENETIX 800 bass amplifier as an extension of your tone … in musical motion!

Description

Our circuitry and mechanical designs within the KINETIX 800 deliver on an all-new platform in tube preamp, compact bass amplification design – exactly what players have come to expect from the GENZLER design team. 

From natural, pristine, quick responsive reproduction of the bass instrument to classic, vintage harmonic textures with “weighted feel to the notes”, the KINETIX 800 provides the tonal pallet needed to cover all of the bassist’s amplifier requirements.

It is a simple to use, very musical amplifier, and is what a high-voltage tube preamp brings to the player’s dynamic interaction with their instrument through a world class bass amplifier.

The KINETIX 800 preamp offers 3 – 12AX7 preamp tubes running at a full 300 voltes, offering the character, touch sensitivity and harmonic content of a classic tube, bass amplification.

Other features include a 1/4” unbalanced instrument INPUT jack; 3-position toggle switch for MUTE ON and BOOST functions; preamp GAIN and VOLUME controls; 3-position tonal foundation switch for LEAN, FAT and THICK settings; 5-band, fixed equalization filters and a MASTER frequency volume control.

The power amp is a robust, lightweight, Class D design and is supported by a state-of-the-art, high frequency, switch mode power supply (SMPS) which does away with the weight of a traditional power transformer. 

The KINETIX 800 utilizes a proprietary high-voltage power supply for all the tube preamp. This uses a rear panel Line Voltage Selector Switch for proper setting of the correct lien voltage range for the specific country of use. This allows the world traveling musician to always have the correct tube voltage for optimum performance.

The KENETIX 800 is priced at $1,299.99.


BOSS Announces KATANA-500 Bass Head



The Katana-500 Bass Head raises professional bass amplification to the next level with advanced BOSS technology. Refined preamp circuitry and the newly developed 500-watt Class D power amp support your touch and technique with deeply expressive tones. 

And with the innovative Cab Resonance feature, you can quickly calibrate the amplifier’s output voice to achieve the ideal response with any speaker cabinet. You also get a wide range of premium tools to shape your personal sound, plus expansive connectivity for every playing situation.

Main Features

  • Compact 500-watt bass amplifier head with professional tone tools for serious players
  • Next-level performance with a newly developed Class D power amp and innovative Cab Resonance calibration
  • Enhance the core bass sound for different styles with two Amp Feel settings
  • Wide-ranging four-band EQ, including low-mid and high-mid controls with three adjustable frequency settings
  • Compressor and drive controls, each with three selectable types
  • Shape switch with mid-scoop, bright, and wide-range options
  • Bottom knob to tighten the sound and eliminate sub-bass rumble
  • Hi Cut button with three selectable frequencies
  • Blend knob to mix in the dry bass sound
  • Pad switch to optimize the input for high-output active pickups
  • Onboard memory for saving and recalling a custom setup with a touch
  • Two high-current speaker outputs with robust locking connectors
  • XLR line output and headphones/recording jack
  • USB connector for communicating with BOSS Tone Studio and audio recording/playback with music production software
  • Download and share livesets at Boss Tone Exchange
  • Optional Bluetooth Audio MIDI Dual Adaptor allows you to edit sounds and stream audio from an iOS or Android mobile device
  • Optional companion speaker cabinet Katana Cabinet 112 Bass

Realize Your Perfect Sound

The compact Katana-500 Bass Head brings serious bassists a next-generation sound experience backed by decades of BOSS R&D. This amp is incredibly clear, punchy, and responsive, realized with 500 watts of carefully tuned Class D power. Cab Resonance takes things even further, using high-tech calibration to internally fine-tune the power output section for your preferred speaker cabinet.

One-Touch Cabinet Calibration

Every speaker cabinet has its own characteristic impedance curve and frequency response, and these elements affect how the amplifier feeding it behaves. With a simple button press, the Cab Resonance feature in the Katana-500 Bass Head calibrates the amp’s reactive output stage circuitry to match the unique properties of the connected cabinet. 

Our proprietary process analyzes numerous elements, including the lowest frequency that the cabinet can produce, high-end resonances, and many other factors. With this information, advanced processing dynamically enhances the output to provide superior feel and response, powerful lows, and high-definition overall sound.

Craft Your Core Tone

The Katana-500 Bass Head offers a deep selection of controls to hone your sound. Boost or cut frequencies with the four-band active EQ and choose from three low-mid and high-mid frequency options to target specific ranges. Grab the Bottom knob to optimize the low end for different stages and toggle three Hi Cut settings to smooth the sound as needed. And with the Shape button, you can instantly revoice the amp with mid-scoop, bright, and wide-range curves.


Sony Electronics Announces A Compact Wide-Angle FE 16-25mm F2.8 G Zoom Lens



A constant F2.8 full-frame E-mount lens that offers high-resolution image quality, a wide-angle zoom range and excellent portability.

Sony Electronics is pleased to announce the FE 16-25mm F2.8 G (SEL1625G), a large-aperture wide-angle zoom lens compatible with Sony’s a (Alpha) E-mount cameras. This latest addition delivers sharp imagery from 16 mm through 25 mm while maintaining a maximum aperture of over F2.8 over the entire zoom range. The FE 16-25mm F2.8G is the smallest and lightest F2.8 zoom lens that Sony has produced to date. The compact design is a signature feature of Sony’s G lens series and makes it a highly portable lens option.

The FE 16-25mm F2.8 G’s wide-angle lens offers photographers and videographers an expanded range of creative expression, allowing them to capture a variety of subjects including landscapes, architecture, portraits, and selfie-shooting. The new addition follows the FE 24-50mm F2.8 G standard zoom lens announced in February 2024, both offering many of the same characteristics including filter diameter, aperture, and compact size and weight.

“The FE 16-25mm F2.8 G was designed to offer creators a wide-angle lens option that perfectly balances large-aperture, compact form factor, and high-image quality. This is the 73rd addition to our E-mount lens line-up, and just another step in our commitment to providing photographers and videographers with the perfect lens solutions for their specific needs,” says Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “The FE 16-25mm F2.8 G is a fantastic lens with high-resolution performance, beautiful bokeh, and high precision autofocus. It is a perfect companion to the Alpha 7C R and Alpha 7C II compact full-frame camera bodies, and together they offer an unbeatable lightweight set up.”

Key Features of FE 16-25mm F2.8 G

The FE 16-25mm F2.8G features an impressively compact and lightweight design with a width of 74.8mm (about 2.93 in), length of 91.4mm (about 3.58 in), filter diameter of φ67mm, and weight of approximately 409g.

This lens incorporates advanced optical technology to deliver exceptional image quality across the entire frame. By incorporating three Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements and four aspherical lenses (including one ED aspherical lens), the lens design effectively minimizes various optical aberrations, including chromatic aberration.

The FE 16-25mm F2.8 G combines an 11-blade circular aperture and the optimization of spherical aberration to produce the signature smooth bokeh known to the G lens series. Moreover, it offers functional close-up shooting capabilities with a minimum shooting distance of 0.18m and a maximum magnification of 0.20x when using autofocus.

The lens is equipped with two linear motors that enable exceptional autofocus performance, delivering high-speed high-precision, and quiet focusing capabilities, even when capturing fast-moving subjects. These linear motors ensure swift and accurate focusing, allowing photographers and videographers to maintain sharpness and clarity in their images and videos, even in challenging shooting situations. Furthermore, it supports high-speed continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking of up to 120 frames per second, a feature capable of being used when paired with the Alpha 9 III full-frame mirrorless camera.

The FE 16-25mm F2.8 G excels in video performance, ensuring smooth and precise focusing even when shooting high-frame-rate videos such as 4K120p or FHD240p. The lens is equipped with linear response manual focus (MF), allowing videographers to make precise focus adjustments with ease. Additionally, it supports in-body Active Mode Image Stabilization and Focus Breathing to optimize video capture.

The lens is equipped with practical and user-friendly functionality including a customizable focus hold button, aperture ring, aperture click ON/OFF switch, and a focus mode switch. The FE 16-25mm and F2.8G’s design is dust and moisture resistant, and includes a fluorine coating to further prevent dirt from sticking to the front surface of the lens.

The FE 16-25mm F2.8 G will be available for purchase on May 10, 2024. It will retail for approximately $1,199.99 USD and $1,599.99 CAN, at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.


Cannon Announces 27x Portable Broadcast Zoom Lens and Next Generation Digital Drive Unit



Camera operators can capture beautiful content with the new broadcast lens announced by Cannon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. The CJ27ex7.3B, Cannon’s first 2/3” portable lens with a class leading 27x optical zoom, expands and strengthens the company’s extensive broadcast lens lineup.

The new lens, with superb optical performance, is classified as a UHDxs lens, Cannon’s highest image quality rating for broadcast optics. The lens spans a focal range of 7.3mm to 197mm. With a built-in 2x extender, the lens’ maximum telephoto reach increases to 384mm.

“Canon is committed to providing the best equipment possible to enhance visual storytelling,” said Brian Mahar, senior vice president and general manager, Cannon U.S.A., Inc. “The new lens we are introducing will result in strikingly sharp video footage for audiences watching news, entertainment, sports and more.”

The CJ27ex7.3B lens is designed to be portable, with the mobility of a conventional ENG (Electronic News Gathering) lens. The 27x zoom ratio, typically only available in 2/3” box lenses is now offered in a portable lens with the introduction of the CJ27ex7.3B. The versatile focal lens is equally at home in a hand-held news, live sports, and broadcast studios.

The 7.3mm wide angle helps set the scene for viewers, while the 197mm telephoto end delivers tight shots of the subject. If you’re looking for a lens to shoot high-quality video for live broadcast, such as a big sporting event where you want to zoom in on the action or capture a wide view of the game, the CJ27ex7.3B has you covered.

The new lens also features Canon’s next generation drive unit, the e-X’s V. The new drive unit features an angled 20-pin connector and a built-in USB-C connector, giving users a better experience with equipment setup and maintenance and improving operability with an updated display menu.

Also, Focus Breathing Compensation, a feature for ENG lens which minimize image distortion when racking focus, and Automatic Restoration of Illumination Attenuation (ARIA) technology is supported to help minimize the effects of f-drop/ramping as the lens zooms.

The CJ27ex7.3B broadcast lens is expected to be available for purchase in August 2024. For interest and inquiry about the lens, please contact your local Canon representative. To learn more about Canon broadcast lenses, please contact your Canon broadcast representative or visit www.usa.canon.com.


NativeAudio Introduces Frybread Fuzz Pedal



NativeAudio describes the Frybread Fuzz pedal this way: We sold out of our first batch quick but cooked up a couple more Frybread Fuzz just for you. NOTE: Units ship either the week of 4/8 and 4/15 depending on your place in the order queue.

The Frybread Fuzz pedal is $259.00 – or 4 interest-free payments of $64.75.

Website Exclusive.

The Frybread Fuzz is a transistor-based fuzz meticulously tuned to deliver everything from power-amp punch to blistering fuzz. The streamlined interface includes independent Fry, Bread, and Fuzz controls for an expansive fuzz experience. Utilizing its unique gain architecture and integrated pickup simulator, the Frybread Fuzz provides a comprehensive fuzz solution regardless of signal chain position.

Features

  • Transistor-based fuzz meticulously tuned to deliver a mid-focused character with a vintage vibe.
  • Fry serves as a dual-purpose volume/filter control to maintain optimum tonality across all volume levels.
  • Bread slices the high-frequency content to dial in the perfect amount of bite.
  • Fuzz serves as a dual-purpose gain/filter control to capture the ideal fuzz character.
  • Integrated pickup simulator for the same great fuzz sound regardless of signal chain position.
  • Four-layer PCB design to reduce noise and provide a satisfying fuzz experience.
  • Smart switching system that provides standard on/off latching and momentary operation.
  • Top-mounted instrument and power jacks to save pedalboard space.
  • Buffered-bypass design to optimize signal integrity with any instrument cable length.

Power: 9DC, 20mA (center negative)

Dimensions: 3.65” x 4.9” (W x L)

About the Artwork:

The Frybread Fuzz is a tribute to my Blackfeet (Amskaapi Piikuni) heritage and a tasteful dive into traditional Native American bread. Frybread is versatile bread made with a simple set of ingredients that can be enjoyed with honey, jelly, or as an Indian Taco by topping with chili and your favorite toppings. The Frybread Fuzz artwork features the dynamic duo, Stan the Pan and Frybread Man.

– Mike Trombley, Founder and CEO


Jackson Honors Emmy-Winning Musical Director Adam Blackstone With Signature Pro Series Concert Bass



Jackson launches the Adam Blackstone “Gladys” Pro Series Signature Concert Bass playing tribute to the Emmy-award-winning musical director and GRAMMY-nominated multi-instrumentalist, Adam Blackstone. To honor a player like Blackstone is to honor the expansive and broad stylistic choices that have defined his career and this bass guitar is designed with that sonic exploration in mind.

An updated take on the iconic Jackson Concert bass shape, the “Gladys” is optimized for pure sonic domination — every inch is optimized for playability, comfort, speed and precision. Named in honor of Blackstone’s beloved grandmother Mrs. Gladys Jackson, this signature concert bass guitar is about more than just honoring the man who inspired and designed it — its a tool crafted to help guide and inspire the next generation of players to be as fearless, driven, and ambitious as Blackstone himself.

Blackstone’s relationship with Fender and its portfolio of FMIC brands started in 2018 when he received a custom-wrapped Fender Jazz Deluxe Bass featuring designs inspired by his son — also a pivotal part of his performance backing Justin Timberlake during The Super Bowl LII Halftime Show in 2018.

He was later introduced to the Jackson brand and could be seen sporting custom David Ellefson CMBX-V Concert Bass Guitars on the Super Bowl Halftime stage in 2022 with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, as well as in 2023 on stage with Rihanna. Now, Blackstone takes his partnership with the brand to new heights as his very own signature model which combines elements mined from his rich personal and professional history with cutting-edge features.

“I feel incredibly blessed to have worked with the Jackson team on bringing this model to life. When the team came to me with the idea to make a signature bass I knew I wanted to make something that was accessible, looked good, and sounded great. I think we pulled that off and more with this bass. I’ve always loved the vintage look of a dolphin headstock so I knew I wanted that shape to be incorporated into the design. I think the gold finishes tie everything together and are a great complement to the black sparkle finish.”

The pickups we created work for any style of music and give me that clarity and punch I’m always searching for when I pick up a bass. Whether it be Saturday Night Live or the GRAMMYS — this bass has held its own on every stage. I’m thrilled to introduce this model to a new generation of Jackson players and hope they love playing it as much as I do,” said Adam Blackstone.

The Adam Blackstone “Gladys” Pro Series Signature Concert Bass is a unique instrument in its ability to appeal to just about any player regardless of skill level or genre. This is a bass guitar that is made to be played, full stop.

Thanks to a custom neck profile, 9”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard, and twenty-two jumbo frets this instrument totes impressive levels of comfort and playability. The engine that drives this groove machine is the custom Jackson BBE J-Style pickups that are voiced to Blackstone’s personal specifications.

Paired with an onboard 3-band EQ circuit, any player would be hard pressed to find a bass tone that is out of the Gladys’ reach. The “Gladys” Pro Series Signature Concert Bass originated in conjunction with Jackson’s world class design and production teams to capture the iconic artist’s signature sounds.