June 2020

Articles by Steve Cook

Feb18-API-FEAT

API TranZformer LX Review

January 11, 2018
A pair of top-shelf studio weapons are transformed into one DI pedal that gives bassists formidable tone-sculpting power.
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Feb18-Warwick-FEAT

Warwick RockBass Corvette Basic 8 Review

December 18, 2017
We are entering brave new territory here, and the chime-y goodness emanating from the Basic 8 was a treat even before I plugged in.
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Dec17-Yamaha-FEAT

Yamaha BBP34 Review

October 27, 2017
A refresh of Yamaha’s BB bass design brings power, class, and impressive playability.
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Nov17-Allen Eden-FEAT

Allen Eden Disciple 5 Review

September 25, 2017
A sharp-dressed take on the Jazz-bass formula—with boutique looks, solid tones, and a quite manageable price point.
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David Nordschow Amplification DNA-800 Review

August 9, 2017
A light and tight bass powerhouse with an impressive design pedigree.
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Jul17-Trace-FEAT

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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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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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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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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Orange O Bass Review

September 21, 2016
Vintage mojo and thick P-like thump define this sharp new 4-string.
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Oct16-Boss Compressor-FEAT

Boss BC-1X Bass Compressor Review

September 15, 2016
Boss’ latest compressor for bassists aims to tame dynamics with punch and precision.
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Jul16-LR Baggs-FEAT

L.R. Baggs Stadium Electric Bass DI Review

June 16, 2016
A bass DI that can be multi-dimensional and vibey, in addition to helping deliver great tone.
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Jul16-Mike Lull-FEAT

Mike Lull TXB4 Review

June 5, 2016
This boutique 4-string puts powerful T-bird tones in an ergonomic single-cut format.
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Jun16-Fender P-FEAT

Fender American Elite Precision Bass Review

May 24, 2016
A new incarnation of the revered Fender P that brings classic Precision tones and style along with some modern enhancements.
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May16-Eastwood-FEAT

Eastwood Surfcaster Review

April 5, 2016
A cult-classic bass from the early 1990s makes its return.
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Feb16-Ampeg-FEAT

Ampeg PF-50T Review

December 31, 2015
An all-tube, 50-watt bass amp that serves up vintage warmth and classic style.
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Dec15-Olinto-FEAT

La Bella Olinto PJ Review

November 23, 2015
A handcrafted P/J-style bass that nods to both past and present.
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Oct15-ISP-FEAT

ISP Technologies Beta Bass Review

August 19, 2015
A pro-level bass preamp that resides on a pedalboard.
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