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Articles by Steve Cook

Fender Dimension Bass Review

June 22, 2014
The iconic bass manufacturer introduces a new low-end machine.
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Rig Rundown: Oz Noy

June 18, 2014
Born in Israel with a Stratocaster in his hand, this NYC transplant takes jazz to the Land of Oz.
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On Bass: Making the Leap

June 15, 2014
How one bassist went from small-time to stadiums.
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Musicvox MI-5 Custom Special Review

May 1, 2014
A vintage-vibed rocker with solid craftsmanship, retro tones, and an approachable price tag to boot.
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On Bass: Let's Go Amp Shopping

April 14, 2014
In the market for a new bass rig? Before you plunk down the coin, ask yourself a few questions.
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Carvin PB4 Review

February 21, 2014
A sleek, light, and versatile take on the P-style bass.
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On Bass: What the Funk?

February 11, 2014
Does funk come from your tone or your fingers?
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Providence Dual Bass Station Review

February 7, 2014
Simple to use and sonically superb, the Providence Dual Bass Station offers the kind of flexibility that will appeal to pro players.
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G&L LB-100 Review

January 27, 2014
G&L refreshes one of their classic P-style models.
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Ampeg V-4B Review

January 16, 2014
The bass-amp giant updates one of their classic designs.
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On Bass: A Half-Step from Greatness

December 12, 2013
From baseball to bass guitar, a half a step can make all the difference.
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Retronix R-800B Bass Review

November 26, 2013
A remarkably affordable 4-string that delivers everything from quirky retro tones to vintage warmth and modern slap sounds
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Phil Jones Double Four Bass Amp Review

November 7, 2013
A microscopic bass amp with an unbelievably big sound.
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Traynor SB115 Review

October 29, 2013
Massive lows from a modestly sized 1x15 combo.
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On Bass: Be a Good Listener

October 22, 2013
Being open and respectful to music's past can be a huge advantage and even help you to be creative in the present.
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NS Design CR5 Radius Review

October 9, 2013
Ned Steinberger is known for his pioneering designs and meticulous execution, and his latest 5-string bass continues this tradition of engineering excellence.
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EBS Billy Sheehan Signature Drive Review

August 30, 2013
Billy Sheehan’s new Signature Drive offers a 2-channel mixer, a preamp, a compressor, an EQ, and an overdrive in one pedal.
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Zoom MS-60B MultiStomp for Bass Review

August 22, 2013
Zoom's first MultiStomp pedal for bassists offers dozens of great effects and amp models for an unbelievably low price.
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On Bass: The Snowball Effect

August 15, 2013
You hit a bad note. No, that one note will generally not bring down a whole gig and most people won't even notice. Yet in the heat of the moment, that note feels like a glowing neon arrow hanging over your head announcing "It was him! It was him!" What do you do?
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Port City Orleans Bass Preamp Review

July 31, 2013
With their first entry into the realm of bass preamps, Port City has produced a well-constructed unit with a straightforward approach.
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