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Articles by Steve Cook

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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Markbass MB7 Booster Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
The MB7 Booster from Markbass is a ruggedly constructed clean volume boost with a 7-band graphic EQ that allows bassists to shape their tone to suit the situation.
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The Right Bass for You

September 5, 2012
We’ll address the three basics for tailoring your custom needs in an off-the-rack world: tone, playing situation, and budget.
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Aiming for Perfection

July 9, 2012
Steve Cook combats a truckload of technical difficulties at a recent outdoor festival: No signal due to a faulty DI, a funky mix from having to re-route his signal,
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Mike Lull JT5-24 Bass Review

July 9, 2012
Mike Lull has been flying under the mainstream radar and making superb basses and guitars for almost two decades now. His basses are revered in the low-end community and
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Godin Shifter Classic 4 Bass Review

July 3, 2012
Shades of a P bass, a J bass, and a Tele all rolled into one
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Parker MaxxFly PB12 Bass Review

June 8, 2012
Though mostly known for their 6-string offerings, the MaxxFly from Parker shows off the company''s ingenuity with a bass.
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What Would Duck Do?

June 8, 2012
While many of us know about the beginning and end of Duck’s incredible musical life, it’s the middle that will have bassists grooving for years to come.
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Gallien-Krueger MB800 Bass Amp Review

June 8, 2012
Featuring a discreet, FET-driven preamp and a backsaving weight of just under 5 pounds, this little beast delivers 800 watts at 4 ohms.
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Bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn: 1941 - 2012

May 17, 2012
Dunn’s bass has been heard for 50 years on some of the most iconic and influential records ever produced.
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Ibanez Gerald Veasley GVB36 Signature Bass Review

May 11, 2012
Inspired by the budget-minded times in which we live, Ibanez recently rolled out a less-costly version of Veasley’s signature 6-string bass with the GVB36.
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A Lesson for Substitutes

April 6, 2012
If you have ever wondered about the process—or want to be ready for this situation—please read on.
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Where's the Love?

January 10, 2012
To play bass is not second-rate, as the guitarist may imply, but rather an honor to hold such power in your hands.
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Hagstrom Viking Bass Guitar Review

January 10, 2012
Here we take a look at the semi-hollow Viking 4-string bass—a variation on the company’s 1960s Concord bass.
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Take Control, Make it Happen

November 15, 2011
I hit a wall last year. Not literally, but musically. My tone and my touring basses were just not doing it for me anymore.
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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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