Read the October 2015 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.


Eden CaliforniWAH Review

October 1, 2015
A modern take on the magnificent Mu-Tron III—and a fast way to get funked up.
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Seymour Duncan Studio Bass Compressor

September 15, 2015
An easy-to-use bass compressor that won’t put the squeeze on your wallet.
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Schecter Diamond-P Plus Review

September 11, 2015
Despite its vintage look, this reasonably priced import offers staggering punch and impressive playability.
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Ampeg SCR-DI Review

September 10, 2015
Ampeg’s new DI for bassists brings flexibility and plenty more.
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MXR M85 Bass Distortion Review

September 7, 2015
This collaboration with Fuzzrocious delivers heavy loads of bass distortion.
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ISP Technologies Beta Bass Review

August 19, 2015
A pro-level bass preamp that resides on a pedalboard.
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Laney Nexus Studio Live Head & Cabs Review

August 4, 2015
A tasty new bass rig from Laney that aims to please equally onstage or in the studio.
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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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