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Articles by Kevin Borden

Affordable Vintage Basses

December 16, 2008
Kevin has the scoop on five great vintage basses under $1500.
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Wow, That’s Weird! - Part II

November 11, 2008
Last month, we looked at anomalies from Rickenbacker, Gibson and Fender. This month, we’ll explore some Fender bass oddities and misconceptions. Ninety-five percent of weird things we see are done
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Wow, That’s Weird!

October 13, 2008
Every now and then, a vintage bass will cross your path looking kosher, but after a second look something jumps out that doesn’t seem right. Sometimes it actually is; it’s
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State of the Nation of Bassdom, Pt. 2 - The Market Review

September 9, 2008
Kevin continues from last month and further explains the current status of today''s bass market.
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State of the Nation of Bassdom, Pt. 2

August 15, 2008
The second portion of Kevin''s look at the vintage bass market.
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The State of the Nation of Bassdom

July 10, 2008
Every year folks make a pilgrimage to Mecca. For me, the pilgrimage leads to the Dallas International Guitar Festival. By combining my recent touring experience and time at the Guitar
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More Snappy Answers to Snappy Questions

June 10, 2008
Last month I answered some of the most common questions I get asked. These questions jogged my memory and also brought a smile to my face. This month I’ll
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Snappy Answers to Snappy Questions

May 12, 2008
Questions about vintage basses are answered
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I Coulda Been a Contender!

April 9, 2008
This ‘61 stack knob Jazz bass easily handled the competition. The last few issues we explored all sorts of viable alternatives for a good vintage bass, from vintage refins
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The Four Rs - Relics and Reissues

March 11, 2008
Welcome back to The Low End. The research for these columns went fast and I have to say that I actually learned a thing or two. I got to
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The Four Rs - Replicas

February 8, 2008
Hello and welcome back to the Low End, and our second installment of the four Rs: replicas. To begin, we should define replica. Is a replica something as simple as
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The Four Rs

January 9, 2008
Hello all and welcome back to The Low End. This month we’ll begin exploring the four Rs of vintage-style basses: refins, relics, replicas and reissues. But why are we
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The Year in Review

December 11, 2007
Most of the Western world revolves around a January to December calendar. Vintage guitar dealers also have a unique calendar – the buying year begins in January with the Orlando
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Meet the New Boss

November 9, 2007
Hello and welcome back to The Low End. I’ve been involved with bass gear since 1976 and along the way I’ve met some interesting folks. This month I’d like to
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Truth and Consequences, Pt. 3

October 10, 2007
Hello and welcome back to The Low End. In prior installments we explored Rickenbacker and Gibson basses. This month we will take a peek at “old reliable” – the
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