June 2020

Reviews: Bass Gear

Jun17-Taylor-FEAT

Quick Hit: Taylor GS Mini-e Bass Review

April 30, 2017
A wee acoustic bass guitar shows that great things come in small packages.
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May17-Reverend-FEAT

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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May17-EMMA-FEAT

Quick Hit: Emma Electronic Okto-Nøjs Review

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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May17-Gibson-FEAT

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 Review

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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Apr17-Darkglass-FEAT

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 Review

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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Mar17-Epifani-FEAT

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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Mar17-G&L-FEAT

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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Feb17 - Dunlop - FEAT

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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Feb17-Spector-FEAT

Quick Hit: Spector Timbre Review

January 9, 2017
An acoustic bass guitar from Spector that marries sophisticated looks with a build designed for responsiveness.
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Feb17-Sandberg-FEAT

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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Hartke TX600 Review

December 21, 2016
This 7-pound amp rewards bassists with an easy-to-carry design, a tube preamp, and a very nice price.
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Jan17-EBMM Caprice-FEAT

Ernie Ball Music Man Caprice Review

December 16, 2016
Long known primarily for their classic active basses, the historic builder debuts a strong new passive 4-string.
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Quick Hit: Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig Review

December 5, 2016
This sleek and slim multi-effects unit keeps it real with some very usable effects.
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Dec16-ESP-FEAT

ESP LTD B-1005SE Multi-Scale Bass Review

November 21, 2016
Boutique looks, quality components, and impressive tones converge in a unique new 5-string.
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Dec16-EBS-FEAT

EBS Magni 500 MA15 Review

November 9, 2016
EBS delivers a new bass combo aimed at working musicians keen on a light load.
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Nov16-Journey-FEAT

Journey Instruments OB660 Review

October 30, 2016
Carbon-fiber construction and a removable/stowable neck make airline travel a cinch.
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Nov16-Fender Mustang-FEAT

Fender Mustang Bass PJ Review

October 24, 2016
Fender refreshes a classic bass design with a versatile pickup configuration.
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