December 2016

Articles by Steve Cook

On Bass: A Half-Step from Greatness

December 12, 2013
From baseball to bass guitar, a half a step can make all the difference.
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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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Phil Jones Double Four Bass Amp Review

November 7, 2013
A microscopic bass amp with an unbelievably big sound.
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Traynor SB115 Review

October 29, 2013
Massive lows from a modestly sized 1x15 combo.
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On Bass: Be a Good Listener

October 22, 2013
Being open and respectful to music's past can be a huge advantage and even help you to be creative in the present.
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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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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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Zoom MS-60B MultiStomp for Bass Review

August 22, 2013
Zoom's first MultiStomp pedal for bassists offers dozens of great effects and amp models for an unbelievably low price.
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On Bass: The Snowball Effect

August 15, 2013
You hit a bad note. No, that one note will generally not bring down a whole gig and most people won't even notice. Yet in the heat of the moment, that note feels like a glowing neon arrow hanging over your head announcing "It was him! It was him!" What do you do?
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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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It's All About the Song

June 20, 2013
A look at the kind of restraint that makes James Jamerson's basslines on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" timeless.
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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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Dingwall Super P Bass Review

May 11, 2013
Onstage or in the studio, the Dingwall Super P''s modern take on a legendary design can and will tackle it all.
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Perfect Imperfection

May 11, 2013
In scouring the world for more influence and knowledge, I have become hip to the widening trend of the isolated bass track on YouTube. These tracks are popping up all over the place, and surprisingly, they run the gamut from amazing to remarkably average.
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Amptweaker Bass TightFuzz Pedal Review

April 30, 2013
This versatile bass distortion is packed with smart features and great tone.
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The Importance of Being Social, Pt. 2

March 11, 2013
In today’s world, communicating online (rather than actually speaking on the phone or in person) is certainly the norm rather than the exception, but there is still a twinge of the old soul inside of me that craves the old way.
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Waterstone Meaden FL Fretless Bass Review

March 11, 2013
One of their most recent offerings, the Meaden bass (named after ’60s British mod icon Peter Meaden), is a fine example of familiar, new, and vintage—all rolled into one.
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3Leaf The Enabler Bass DI/EQ Pedal Review

February 6, 2013
We test the DI that''s a lot more than a DI—giving bass players tone-shaping capabilities built-in.
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Overton Flyweight 500 Micro Amp Review

January 9, 2013
With so many well-thought-out features in such a budget-friendly package, Overton has taken a step in the right direction with the Flyweight 500 micro amp.
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Gretsch G5442BDC Electromatic Bass Review

January 9, 2013
The Gretsch G5442BDC Electromatic bass is a well-constructed instrument with lots of usable tones and an undeniably cool retro vibe.
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