August Issue

Reviews: Bass Gear

Premier Guitar's rating system includes brief summations of a product’s pros and cons, as well as pick ratings (0–5) in four categories—Tones, Design/Build, Value, and Playability (for instruments) or Ease of Use (amps, effects, and other devices) or Versatility (pickups and speakers). Items with a total of 18 or more picks (out of 20) win our coveted Premier Gear Award.

ARTICLES

Welcome to Thunderdome: Five 5-Strings Under $1,500

July 29, 2015
We spend quality time with sub-$1,500 5-string basses from Ibanez, Dingwall, G&L, Spector, and MTD.
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Quick Hit: Eden MicroTour

July 7, 2015
A tiny bass amp for plug-and-play practice just about anywhere.
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Orange OB1-500 Review

June 25, 2015
A 500-watt bass powerhouse that delivers clean to nasty with its “split-signal” design.
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Aria IGB-RC Review

June 15, 2015
An eye-catching 4-string with modern tones and an impressive build.
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Quick Hit: Kala 5-String SUB U-Bass

June 7, 2015
A 5-string bass whose big sound belies its small size.
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Dream Studios M5 Review

June 1, 2015
Whether you favor passive or active electronics, this bold 5-string has you covered.
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Boom-Boom Beyond the Bedroom: 1x12 Bass Combo Review Roundup

May 20, 2015
We size-up four surprisingly versatile sub-$500 amps from Ampeg, Hartke, Fender, and Ashdown.
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Quick Hit: Aguilar Fuzzistor

May 10, 2015
A new silicon-transistor fuzz machine for bassists that’s built like a tank.
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Taurus Abigar Mk-2 Review

May 4, 2015
A bass booster that combines modern and vintage overdrive tones.
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TC Electronic BH800 Review

April 24, 2015
A svelte 800-watt bass amp with a cornucopia of sounds available via free download.
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