June 2020

Reviews: Bass Gear

Xotic RC Bass Booster homepage

Five Knobs and the Truth

April 26, 2020
Fatter, punchier bass tone via a clean boost with two gain stages and precise 2-band EQ. The PG Xotic Bass RC Booster V2 review.
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Hartke LX850 homepage

Hartke LX8500: The Premier Guitar Review

April 7, 2020
With a highly maneuverable class-A tube preamp, 800 watts, a built-in handle, and a featherweight 8 1/2 pounds, this amp was born to rumble and travel.
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Dunable Yeti Bass homepage

Release the Yeti!

April 3, 2020
A stylishly designed 4-string that offers unique looks, unique tones, and a uniquely pleasant playing experience. The PG Dunable Yeti review.
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Gallien Kruger 800S - homepage

Gallien-Krueger Fusion 800S: The Premier Guitar Review

March 10, 2020
A wealth of tone-shaping possibilities—and not one but three 12AX7s—lurk in this featherweight 800-watt powerhouse.
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G&L Fallout - homepage

G&L Fallout: The Premier Guitar Review

March 6, 2020
Racing stripes match a wicked-fast neck, while short-scale goodness and an MFD humbucker gas the machine.
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Quilter 802 - homepage

This Bass Head Redefines What It Means to "Get in the Pocket"

February 20, 2020
This innovative head-and-cab pairing musters impressive thunder for its size. The PG Quilter Bass Block 802 and BassDock 12 review.
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EBS

EBS OctaBass Blue Label: The Premier Guitar Review

February 16, 2020
The Swedish bass pros slim down their octaver while imbuing it with gut-shaking low end and analog warmth.
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Fender

Fender American Ultra Jazz Bass: The Premier Guitar Review

January 30, 2020
An iconic bass undergoes a few tweaks to its formula, but make no mistake—this 4-string is all Jazz and then some.
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Darkglass Harmonic Booster - homepage

Darkglass Electronics Harmonic Booster: The Premier Guitar Review

January 24, 2020
The Finnish company revives its first pedal and packs it with even more tone-shaping functionality.
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form factor homepage

Form Factor Bi1000Di: The Premier Guitar Review

January 20, 2020
Many class-D bass amps promise "tube warmth," but this sleek contender unabashedly proffers a meticulously clean take on your instrument's innate voice.
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Spector Standard 4 - homepage

Spector Legend 4 Standard: The Premier Guitar Review

January 10, 2020
This versatile, active P/J-configured 4-string comes in at just over five bills and absolutely earns its name.
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Vox Airstream - homepage

Vox Starstream 1H Artist Bass Review

December 10, 2019
Examining the other-worldly aesthetics and Music Man-esque flavors of a futuristic single-pickup bass.
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markbass-homepage

Markbass Little Mark Vintage Review

December 4, 2019
This black and yellow tube-based machine delivers plenty of vintage-bass warmth, with modern flavors to boot.
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Cort HH4 - homepage

Quick Hit: Cort Action HH4 Review

December 3, 2019
A dual-humbucker 4-string with plenty of switching options defies its price with a tight, light build.
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Gear of the Year - homepage

The Year in Gear 2019

November 21, 2019
The 60+ guitars, amps, pedals, basses, and accessories that stood out from the crowd and earned our coveted Premier Gear Award this year.
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EBS Micro3 - homepage

EBS MicroBass 3 Review

November 18, 2019
This versatile outboard preamp/DI combines the flavors of two classic amps for tone-sculpting nirvana.
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Ernie Ball Short Scale - homepage

Ernie Ball Music Man Short-Scale StingRay Review

November 11, 2019
A classic bass gets a short-scale makeover, but doesn’t come up short anywhere else.
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Vox-Superbeetle-homepage

Quick Hit: Vox Mini Superbeetle Bass Review

October 23, 2019
Sure, it’s a cute little rig, but it can speak quite loudly for its size.
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Ashdown

Ashdown Type 23 Review

October 16, 2019
Forget space-cadet sounds. This road-tough envelope filter is all about dialing fat funkiness with minimal hassle.
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Gibson Doublecut - homepage

Gibson Les Paul Junior Tribute Doublecut Bass Review

October 8, 2019
A salute to the EB-0 checks in with a low street price and high-flying sounds.
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