Read the September 2018 Issue

Reviews: Bass Gear

Quick Hit: Traynor SB106

July 5, 2017
Clean bass tones from a small, stout combo that can go from desktop to practice to gig with grace.
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Glockenklang Steamhammer Review

July 4, 2017
Glockenklang brings down the bass sledge with a precision-engineered, 700-watt class-D powerhouse.
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Quick Hit: Rainger FX Dr. Freakenstein Dwarf Bass

June 12, 2017
This mini-but-monstrous bass fuzz and its manipulative assistant make for one dynamic duo.
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Trace Elliot ELF Review

June 7, 2017
The wee ELF is small enough to fit in your back pocket, but possesses a voice that defies its size.
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Fender American Professional Jazz Bass Review

May 22, 2017
A refresh of one of the most iconic bass designs brings some new flavor for the modern player, but keeps its Jazz soul intact.
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Ibanez SRH505F Review

May 18, 2017
This piezo-loaded fretless from Ibanez dishes out the mwah alongside its tasty semi-acoustic flavor.
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Bass OD/DI/Preamp Pedal Roundup

May 8, 2017
We test four versatile and feature-laden bass stomps from Gallien-Krueger, Providence, Two Notes, and Tech 21.
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Quick Hit: Taylor GS Mini-e Bass

April 30, 2017
A wee acoustic bass guitar shows that great things come in small packages.
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Reverend Mike Watt Wattplower Review

April 13, 2017
A four-year artist and manufacturer collaboration results in a lean, mean, short-scale machine.
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Quick Hit: Emma Electronic Okto-Nøjs

April 10, 2017
The tasty combination of octaver and fuzz is taken to new highs—and lows—with this Danish design.
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Gibson EB 4 Review

March 30, 2017
While it doesn’t summon visions of yesteryear’s Gibson EBs, the newly reimagined EB 4 offers up impressive construction, playability, and modern tones.
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Quick Hit: Crazy Tube Circuits Planet B

March 26, 2017
An OD for bassists that takes tonal inspiration from a ’70s tube amp and lets you go supersonic at will.
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Phil Jones Bass Session 77 Review

March 14, 2017
A pair of 7" ferrite drivers helps a wallet-friendly 100-watt bass combo deliver the goods.
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Darkglass Electronics Microtubes 900 Review

March 3, 2017
This Finnish company’s debut bass amp harnesses thunder aplenty in a smart-looking, light package.
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Quick Hit: Amptweaker Bass TightMetal Jr

February 8, 2017
A distortion box for bassists that brings high-gain heat, but won’t suck your low-end dry.
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Epifani Piccolo 999 Review

February 1, 2017
This 1,000-watt head won’t break your back at 4 1/2 pounds, but it might add molto bene to your vocabulary.
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G&L Kiloton Review

January 30, 2017
Two of Leo Fender’s most significant designs for G&L come together to make one powerful bass.
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Dunlop CBM105Q Cry Baby Mini Bass Wah Review

January 13, 2017
The new Cry Baby for bassists proves big, tasty wah sounds can be tapped from a mighty small pedal.
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Quick Hit: Spector Timbre

January 9, 2017
An acoustic bass guitar from Spector that marries sophisticated looks with a build designed for responsiveness.
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Sandberg Forty Eight Review

January 2, 2017
Classic inspirations gleam in Sandberg’s Forty Eight bass, but this versatile machine is in a class of its own.
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