The late Richard Ruse founded Trickfish Amplification in 2014. Fueled by the intention of building high-end bass gear for the discerning player, the company released its flagship amplifier, called the Bullhead. Because today’s bassist wants consistency in an inconsistent gig world, adaptability is one of the features the Trickfish brass wanted to integrate into their newest creation. How players could benefit from the Bullhead’s preamps to get its tone onstage, in the studio, and in the woodshed from a portable, user-friendly package is the question Trickfish engineers asked, and thus created their newest aquatic themed creation: the Trilobite.
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The Trilobite is a powerful DI with a footprint about the size of a mini iPad, and weighs in at less than 2 pounds, which makes it pedalboard friendly. It has a clean face with three stomp switches, two rows of gain and EQ controls, and a back panel that, at first glance, may look a bit overwhelming to some. I promise this is not the case, however, because the folks at Trickfish made the Trilobite relatively easy for every level of player to manage.
The Trilobite is a 2-channel system, which utilizes the preamps from the aforementioned Bullhead amp. This configuration lets you dial in two EQ settings, which can be used for one instrument or two, selectable via the dual/mono switch on the rear panel. This is especially helpful for players that need, say, upright and electric EQs—or maybe your fretless EQ is different from your other electric bass. Or, if you’re working just one bass, use one channel with the switchable effects loop, and easily toggle between your dialed-in settings.