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Reviews: Bass Gear

Warwick Jack Bruce Survivor Bass Review

April 6, 2012
A bass that takes on the characteristics of its master, the German-built Jack Bruce Survivor exudes classic looks and a warm, lyrical persona.
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Philosophy Amplification Bass Amplifier Review

April 3, 2012
The first offering from these newcomers offers modern, hi-fi tone with a stunningly unique look.
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MXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe Pedal Review

March 9, 2012
When I first started playing bass, I was enamored with bands that made the instrument sound like a wrecking ball. Watching bassists who played massivesounding power chords just enthralled
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Ansir Imperial SL Bass Review

March 9, 2012
First things first: Grab your bass, strap it on, stand up, play a few of your favorite licks, and observe the angle it’s positioned at. Next, sit down and
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3Leaf Audio PWNZOR Bass Compressor Review

February 27, 2012
The PWNZOR optical compressor includes two modes for varying degrees of compression.
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Carvin Brian Bromberg B24P Signature Bass Review

February 10, 2012
The new B24P bass is one of the two models resulting from Bromberg''s partnership with Carvin (there’s also a 5-string version of the Bromberg bass), and it’s one hell of a tool for dishing out low-end rumble.
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Phil Jones Bass D-600 Head and Neo-Power 8B Cab Review

February 10, 2012
Check out Phil Jones’ website and you’ll see Jones is both an innovator and a knowledgeable bass player. His designs and approach to delivering sound have not only caught
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ESP LTD Vintage-204 Bass Review

January 31, 2012
From its humble beginnings as a supplier for custom replacement parts, ESP is one of a handful of guitar companies that has paid just as much attention to bassists
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Hartke Kilo and Hydrive 410 Amp Review

January 10, 2012
Hartke''s powerful new Kilo head features built-in compression, overdrive, muting, a slew of EQ controls, and multiple connection features.
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Hagstrom Viking Bass Guitar Review

January 10, 2012
Here we take a look at the semi-hollow Viking 4-string bass—a variation on the company’s 1960s Concord bass.
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Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 and SL 112 Bass Rig Review

December 20, 2011
In essence, the Tone Hammer 500 is based on Aguilar’s popular Tone Hammer pedal, combined with a class-D power amp.
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Ampeg GVT52-112 Amp Review

December 20, 2011
Ampeg’s new GVT series, which offers a power range more suited to clubs than Yasgur’s Farm, honors this oft-forgotten part of the company’s legacy with authentic vintage rock tone and styling.
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Brubaker JJX-4 Bass Review

December 20, 2011
Brubaker Musical Instruments has a reputation for exotic woods, innovative designs, and high-quality builds.
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Ampeg GVT15H Amp Review

November 30, 2011
Capable of the characteristic cleans and light overdrive that made its predecessors famous, the amp is also able to achieve high gain at less-than-ear-splitting volumes.
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Heavy Electronics El Oso Bass Distortion Pedal Review

November 30, 2011
For bassists, Payne has constructed the El Oso (Spanish for “The Bear”) Bass Distortion, aimed at providing the grit and grind that rock bassists need to be heard and felt in the mix.
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Traynor YBA300 Bass Amplifier and TC810 Bass Cab Reviews

November 15, 2011
Traynor amps are prized by their fans for their heady, punchy cleans and ample volume.
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Bootleg Dawg Bass 4 Review

November 15, 2011
The Dawg is a bass with solid tone and no frills.
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Jackson JS3 Concert Bass Review

November 9, 2011
The JS3 Concert aims for the budget-minded bassist with the heaviest of proclivities.
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Levana Bunker Booster Pedal Review

October 20, 2011
There are benefits for both active and passive basses with this pedal, and the key is in the Gain Select switch.
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Daring Audio Edge Activator Bass Pedal Review

October 20, 2011
The Edge Activator is meant to add brightness and harmonic clarity to the low-end palate.
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