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Articles by Steve Cook

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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Working When You're Not Working

September 20, 2011
During your not-busy season, what are you going to work on? I suggest starting with small goals and then moving on to the more ambitious ones.
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A Quick-Start Primer to Summer Touring

June 14, 2011
Artists typically stay busiest during the summer months when the fairs, festivals, and amphitheater shows are happening all over the country.
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Taking the Backseat

May 17, 2011
Available on DVD, the documentary Bring on the Night offers a revealing look into the world of top-tier touring. Shot in 1985, the film shows a young Branford Marsalis
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Builder Profile: Epifani Amplifiers

April 19, 2011
New York City’s bass-amp innovator talks about his never-ending quest for impeccable tone and how he broke into the scene by tirelessly schlepping his designs to jazz clubs and getting local legends to plug in.
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