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Articles by Steve Cook

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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The Importance of Being Social

January 9, 2013
Ask yourself what you’re trying to accomplish with your social media page. Do you want a record deal, studio gigs, a touring gig, or to give lessons?
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Builder Profile: Fodera Guitars

December 10, 2012
Shrewd bargaining, a little white lie, and a series of serendipitous connections paved the way for Vinny Fodera to rub shoulders with some of the most esteemed bass builders in the business. When he’d learned all he could from his mentors, he set out on his own and ended up being the luthier of choice for iconic players like Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge, and Anthony Jackson.
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5 Basses Under a Grand: Fender, G&L, Ibanez, Schecter, Sterling by Music Man

December 10, 2012
Whether you’re an intermediate player who’s recently outgrown your first instrument, a weekend warrior looking for an inspiring new bass, a gigging pro looking for a dependable backup—or even if you’re primarily a guitarist who needs a solid 4-string for home-studio work—this group of quality instruments will satisfy on many, many accounts.
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Me and Victor

November 5, 2012
No boundaries for this game-changer: Victor Lemonte Wooten. Photo by Steve Parker In the religious world, it would be referred to as “illumination” or “enlightenment.” I call it the
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Fender Select Precision Bass Review

October 8, 2012
Serving up a straight, no-frills approach to tone that’s fit for any stage, Fender''s Select Precision is a showroom instrument that’s meant to be an everyday workhorse.
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Whirlwind OC Bass Pedal Review

September 18, 2012
Easy-to-use, flexible compressor at a great price
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