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Articles by Jordan Wagner

EBS Reidmar 250 Bass Head and Classicline 110 & 112 Cab Review

April 6, 2012
The Reidmar 250—sets its sights on bassists who need a portable, gig-friendly rig.
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Fargen Retro Classic Amp Review

April 6, 2012
A handwired, 25-watt powerhouse that enables you to explore the tones of two classic Marshall circuits
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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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PRS SE 30 Amp Review

March 9, 2012
It’s hard to separate the name Paul Reed Smith from the image and sound of his guitars. Whether it’s dreams of a deephued 10-Top or Carlos Santana squeezing the
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Fender Machete Amp Review

March 7, 2012
For players used to really big sounds, compact high-gain tube combo amps sometimes seem to demand too many tradeoffs to make the convenience and portability worth it. If you’re
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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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Washburn USA Custom Shop Nuno Bettencourt N7 Electric Guitar Review

February 22, 2012
The latest collaboration between Washburn and Nuno is an updated version of the classic N4 with a low B string that shines for shred.
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The Tone God Acute ModestScream Pedal Review

February 22, 2012
The new ModestScream has enough tweakabilitiy to satisfy the most fickle guitarist.
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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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Lollar Pickups El Rayo Humbuckers Review

February 10, 2012
Jason Lollar is one of the undisputed kings of aftermarket pickups. In his workshop not far from Seattle, he crafts some of the finest, handmade Gibson- and Fender-style pickups
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Echopark Downtowner Custom Koa Limited Electric Guitar Review

February 10, 2012
The Downtowner is a simultaneously stunning and understated instrument that cleverly fuses design elements from a few famous vintage guitars—the curvy bout of the Les Paul and simplicity of the SG Classic—with funky Supro- and Silvertonelike lines.
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Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 5 Amp Review

February 9, 2012
For studio cats that love high gain tones, the Tubemeister 5 is a killer choice.
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Boost Roundup: Lotus Desire Boost, Pigtronix Class A Boost, Caroline Guitar Company Icarus Boost, and Whirlwind The Bomb Pedal Reviews

February 8, 2012
We test four of the newest boutique booster pedals on the market to find out what they can add to the sonic brew.
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Boost Roundup: Lotus Desire Boost, Pigtronix Class A Boost, Olympia Icarus Boost, and Whirlwind The Bomb Pedal Reviews

February 7, 2012
We decided to test out four of the newest boutique booster pedals on the market to find out what they can add to the sonic brew.
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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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Way Huge Red Llama Overdrive MkII Pedal Review

January 25, 2012
This new incarnation offers the same searing tones as the original, along with hefty amounts of volume boost.
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TC Electronic PolyTune Mini Tuner Review

January 25, 2012
In addition to its super-small footprint, the pedal features the new version of the PolyTune software with Capo Tuning and a massively requested Drop-D mode.
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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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Mesa/Boogie Mini Rectifier Twenty-Five Amp Review

January 10, 2012
Despite its tiny size, the Mini demonstrates why the Recto sound has endured through waves of musical trends and fads.
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