Reviews: Bass Gear

Ashdown MiBass 2.0 and Mi 12 Cabinet Reviews

January 3, 2014
A micro rig with beefy lows and stripped-down controls.
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Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Bass Review

December 23, 2013
Fender’s new humbucker-powered take on their short-scale 1960s design.
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Retronix R-800B Bass Review

November 26, 2013
A remarkably affordable 4-string that delivers everything from quirky retro tones to vintage warmth and modern slap sounds
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Matchless Thunderman Review

November 18, 2013
The triumphant return of a classic bass amp inspired by another classic bass amp.
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Phil Jones Double Four Bass Amp Review

November 7, 2013
A microscopic bass amp with an unbelievably big sound.
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PRS Grainger 5 Review

November 6, 2013
A beautiful 5-string bass with innovative features and a unique voice.
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NS Design CR5 Radius Review

October 9, 2013
Ned Steinberger is known for his pioneering designs and meticulous execution, and his latest 5-string bass continues this tradition of engineering excellence.
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Guild Starfire Bass Review

September 27, 2013
Fans of the warm, round bass tones that powered many ’60s rock and psychedelic bands will find much to admire in this short-scale, semi-hollow 4-string.
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Music Man Classic Sabre Review

September 15, 2013
The new Sabre is an excellent all-around workhorse for bassists with a taste for zing and slap.
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EBS Billy Sheehan Signature Drive Review

August 30, 2013
Billy Sheehan’s new Signature Drive offers a 2-channel mixer, a preamp, a compressor, an EQ, and an overdrive in one pedal.
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T-Rex Sweeper 2 Bass Chorus Pedal Review

August 26, 2013
The Danish pedal outfit's new take on modulation, tailored specifically for low end.
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Fuzzrocious Heliotropic Bass Fuzz Review

August 26, 2013
This viciously intense bass fuzz nails the tone of the Failure song that inspired its name.
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Martin BCPA4 Bass Review

August 11, 2013
Martin’s BCPA4 acoustic bass guitar is the first 4-string offering in their Performing Artist series and a fun-to-play, first-in-class rumble box.
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DBZ Barchetta SM Bass Review

August 6, 2013
The visually arresting Barchetta SM bass, their top-of-the-line model, comes equipped with all DBZ/Diamond’s bells and whistles.
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Port City Orleans Bass Preamp Review

July 31, 2013
With their first entry into the realm of bass preamps, Port City has produced a well-constructed unit with a straightforward approach.
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Peavey Vypyr VIP 2 Amp Review

July 10, 2013
This latest iteration of the Vypyr line of amps is designed and built to handle electric 6-string, acoustic, and bass guitars.
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Epifani AL 112 Combo Amp Review

July 8, 2013
A futuristic-looking hybrid of Epifani’s past and present innovations that’s capable of delivering a ton of tone.
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Lakland Decade 6 Bass Review

July 4, 2013
But the 6-string bass offers a truly unique voice with a range that’s between a baritone and a standard bass.
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Sandberg Electra TT4 Bass Review

June 29, 2013
A J-style that offers a lot of the features Sandberg is famous for but at a more wallet-friendly price.
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Darkglass Electronics Microtubes Vintage Pedal Review

June 11, 2013
There’s an ongoing revolution happening in the world of stompboxes for bassists. Companies are producing pedals that are getting ever so close to reproducing some of the overdriven DI
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