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Reviews: Bass Gear

Ampeg GVT15H Amp Review

Ampeg GVT15H Amp Review

November 30, 2011
Capable of the characteristic cleans and light overdrive that made its predecessors famous, the amp is also able to achieve high gain at less-than-ear-splitting volumes.
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Heavy Electronics El Oso Bass Distortion Pedal Review

Heavy Electronics El Oso Bass Distortion Pedal Review

November 30, 2011
For bassists, Payne has constructed the El Oso (Spanish for “The Bear”) Bass Distortion, aimed at providing the grit and grind that rock bassists need to be heard and felt in the mix.
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Traynor YBA300 Bass Amplifier and TC810 Bass Cab Reviews

Traynor YBA300 Bass Amplifier and TC810 Bass Cab Reviews

November 15, 2011
Traynor amps are prized by their fans for their heady, punchy cleans and ample volume.
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Bootleg Dawg Bass 4 Review

Bootleg Dawg Bass 4 Review

November 15, 2011
The Dawg is a bass with solid tone and no frills.
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Jackson JS3 Concert Bass Review

Jackson JS3 Concert Bass Review

November 9, 2011
The JS3 Concert aims for the budget-minded bassist with the heaviest of proclivities.
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Levana Bunker Booster Pedal Review

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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Daring Audio Edge Activator Bass Pedal Review

Daring Audio Edge Activator Bass Pedal Review

October 20, 2011
The Edge Activator is meant to add brightness and harmonic clarity to the low-end palate.
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Ruppert Musical Instruments Basswitch IQ DI Review

Ruppert Musical Instruments Basswitch IQ DI Review

October 18, 2011
What the company calls a “Swiss Army knife” for bassists, the Basswitch IQ DI is a preamp/ dual-effects loop/A-B switcher/DI pedal that provides a multitude of options for live and studio situations, with Lehle switching technology to boot.
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Tech 21 Bass Boost Chorus Pedal Review

Tech 21 Bass Boost Chorus Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Bass Boost Chorus provides the tones of classic chorus effects while solving some the issues that often arise when applying chorus to bass frequencies.
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Ibanez TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Pedal Review

Ibanez TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The TS9B is a variation of the famed TS9 that’s revoiced for more low-end growl and modified for even more tonal control.
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Fuchs Plush FX Jersey Thunder Pedal Review

Fuchs Plush FX Jersey Thunder Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Thunder boasts three custom-voiced EQ curves and gain boost settings, which are accessible via a 3-way switch located on the side of the unit.
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Gibson Les Paul Junior DC Bass Review

Gibson Les Paul Junior DC Bass Review

October 18, 2011
This Les Paul Junior bass draws influences from Gibson’s storied EB-0, but also benefits from the addition of some new refinements.
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Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX Pedal Review

Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX does some funky things by building grinding, root-fifth chords from single notes.
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MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal Review

MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal Review

September 20, 2011
The MXR M87 Bass Compressor gets the job done pretty easily, while still allowing for a good range of variation from basic settings.
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Dingwall Guitars Z3 5-String Bass Review

Dingwall Guitars Z3 5-String Bass Review

September 20, 2011
The Z3 is a striking bass that challenges convention with thoughtful features and versatile sounds.
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Cort Arona 5 Electric Bass Review

Cort Arona 5 Electric Bass Review

September 7, 2011
Cort teamed up with German luthier Sandberg Guitars to design this 5-string bass that dabbles in both boutique feel and budget price.
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Peavey Void 4 PXD Bass Review

Peavey Void 4 PXD Bass Review

August 16, 2011
It aims to be the go-to tool for bassists looking to put a bit more meat on their low-end muscle—and at an affordable price.
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Reverend Justice and Thundergun Bass Reviews

Reverend Justice and Thundergun Bass Reviews

July 19, 2011
Reverend basses are back, but are now being produced in a high-end Korean factory rather than their US headquarters.
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Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar and Jaguar Special Short Scale Bass Reviews

Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar and Jaguar Special Short Scale Bass Reviews

June 23, 2011
These two price-conscious basses offer solid tone and great builds.
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Black Cat Pedals Bass Octave Fuzz Pedal Review

Black Cat Pedals Bass Octave Fuzz Pedal Review

May 17, 2011
Download Example 1 Bass: 1987 Kramer Striker into a a Gallien-Kreuger 700 RB-II bass head to a 1970 Orange 8x10 cabinet. Download Example 2 Guitar: Cycle through 4 settings.
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