October 2016

Reviews: Bass Gear

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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Ruppert Musical Instruments Basswitch IQ DI Review

October 18, 2011
What the company calls a “Swiss Army knife” for bassists, the Basswitch IQ DI is a preamp/ dual-effects loop/A-B switcher/DI pedal that provides a multitude of options for live and studio situations, with Lehle switching technology to boot.
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Tech 21 Bass Boost Chorus Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Bass Boost Chorus provides the tones of classic chorus effects while solving some the issues that often arise when applying chorus to bass frequencies.
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Ibanez TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The TS9B is a variation of the famed TS9 that’s revoiced for more low-end growl and modified for even more tonal control.
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Fuchs Plush FX Jersey Thunder Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Thunder boasts three custom-voiced EQ curves and gain boost settings, which are accessible via a 3-way switch located on the side of the unit.
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Gibson Les Paul Junior DC Bass Review

October 18, 2011
This Les Paul Junior bass draws influences from Gibson’s storied EB-0, but also benefits from the addition of some new refinements.
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Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX does some funky things by building grinding, root-fifth chords from single notes.
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MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal Review

September 20, 2011
The MXR M87 Bass Compressor gets the job done pretty easily, while still allowing for a good range of variation from basic settings.
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Dingwall Guitars Z3 5-String Bass Review

September 20, 2011
The Z3 is a striking bass that challenges convention with thoughtful features and versatile sounds.
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Cort Arona 5 Electric Bass Review

September 7, 2011
Cort teamed up with German luthier Sandberg Guitars to design this 5-string bass that dabbles in both boutique feel and budget price.
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Peavey Void 4 PXD Bass Review

August 16, 2011
It aims to be the go-to tool for bassists looking to put a bit more meat on their low-end muscle—and at an affordable price.
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Reverend Justice and Thundergun Bass Reviews

July 19, 2011
Reverend basses are back, but are now being produced in a high-end Korean factory rather than their US headquarters.
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Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar and Jaguar Special Short Scale Bass Reviews

June 23, 2011
These two price-conscious basses offer solid tone and great builds.
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Black Cat Pedals Bass Octave Fuzz Pedal Review

May 17, 2011
Download Example 1 Bass: 1987 Kramer Striker into a a Gallien-Kreuger 700 RB-II bass head to a 1970 Orange 8x10 cabinet. Download Example 2 Guitar: Cycle through 4 settings.
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Source Audio Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter Pedal Review

March 15, 2011
If you’re a bass player itching to add extra flavor to your playing, the Soundblox has the means to do it.
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MTD Kingston Saratoga Bass Review

February 15, 2011
The latest from Michael Tobias'' more affordable line combines familiar J bass features with newer conveniences
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Manson Guitars E-bass John Paul Jones Signature Bass Review

January 17, 2011
The JPJ is a 4-string bass with straightforward controls whose only concessions to the unorthodox are an eye-catching body and a Hipshot D-Tuner.
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DDyna Music Company Bass 10 Pedal Review

January 17, 2011
The all-analog, true-bypass Bass 10 is a compressor with a 4-band EQ and a switchable overdrive.
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