December 2020
Victor Brodén

Victor Brodén

Nashville bassist and producer Victor Brodén is the host of The Lowdown Society Podcast. Victor has toured and recorded with more than 30 major-label artists, including LeAnn Rimes, Richard Marx, Casting Crowns, and Randy Houser. His credits also include Grammy-winning albums and numerous television specials and network talk-show performances. You can reach him at vbroden@yahoo.com

ARTICLES

Becos Compressor homepage

Studio-Grade Compression for Your Pedalboard?

September 21, 2020
A dual-band/stacked floor unit with 15 knobs and five toggles that will make compression control freaks giddy. The PG Becos CompIQ TWAIN review.
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Orange Little Bass Thing review homepage

Orange Little Bass Thing: The Premier Guitar Review

September 14, 2020
With 500 powerful watts and an exceptional optical compression circuit, there’s nothing little about this Thing's tone.
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Balaguer Monoceros bass review homepage

This Humbucker-Saddled Unicorn Is Ready to Ride

July 21, 2020
With beefy, splittable ’buckers and a Darkglass pre, this decidedly modern bass also commands cool vintage vibes. The PG Balaguer Monoceros review.
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Xotic RC Bass Booster homepage

Five Knobs and the Truth

April 26, 2020
Fatter, punchier bass tone via a clean boost with two gain stages and precise 2-band EQ. The PG Xotic Bass RC Booster V2 review.
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Dunable Yeti Bass homepage

Release the Yeti!

April 3, 2020
A stylishly designed 4-string that offers unique looks, unique tones, and a uniquely pleasant playing experience. The PG Dunable Yeti review.
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Gallien Kruger 800S - homepage

Gallien-Krueger Fusion 800S: The Premier Guitar Review

March 10, 2020
A wealth of tone-shaping possibilities—and not one but three 12AX7s—lurk in this featherweight 800-watt powerhouse.
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Fender

Fender American Ultra Jazz Bass: The Premier Guitar Review

January 30, 2020
An iconic bass undergoes a few tweaks to its formula, but make no mistake—this 4-string is all Jazz and then some.
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form factor homepage

Form Factor Bi1000Di: The Premier Guitar Review

January 20, 2020
Many class-D bass amps promise "tube warmth," but this sleek contender unabashedly proffers a meticulously clean take on your instrument's innate voice.
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Vox Airstream - homepage

Vox Starstream 1H Artist Bass Review

December 10, 2019
Examining the other-worldly aesthetics and Music Man-esque flavors of a futuristic single-pickup bass.
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markbass-homepage

Markbass Little Mark Vintage Review

December 4, 2019
This black and yellow tube-based machine delivers plenty of vintage-bass warmth, with modern flavors to boot.
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EBS Micro3 - homepage

EBS MicroBass 3 Review

November 18, 2019
This versatile outboard preamp/DI combines the flavors of two classic amps for tone-sculpting nirvana.
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Ashdown

Ashdown Type 23 Review

October 16, 2019
Forget space-cadet sounds. This road-tough envelope filter is all about dialing fat funkiness with minimal hassle.
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EHX Mono Synth homepage

Electro-Harmonix Bass Mono Synth Review

September 19, 2019
Big, warm, analog synth sounds for your low go.
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MesaBoogie-homepage

Mesa/Boogie Subway WD-800 Review

August 15, 2019
A Mesa bass powerhouse that brings bells and whistles galore, but remains true to the fat tube-based tone of the WalkAbout preamp that helped inspire it.
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Warwick RockBass Idolmaker Review

July 4, 2019
A 5-string rock machine with a unique look serves up a variety of tones.
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Taurus

Taurus Vandall-500 Review

May 6, 2019
This dual-preamp class-D bass beast boasts toughness through its build and finesse with its EQ.
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Jun19_OnBass

On Bass: Low-End Introductions, Part 2

May 1, 2019
Going further down the rabbit hole of bass-intro gems in rock history.
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May19_OnBass

On Bass: Low-End Introductions

March 27, 2019
Bassists don’t often handle song intros, but there have been some very memorable ones in rock history.
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Aguilar Tone Hammer 700 Review

March 20, 2019
This svelte class-D powerhouse churns out 700 watts, yet keeps it light and tight at less than five pounds.
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Apr19_OnBass

On Bass: Chasing the “Why”

February 24, 2019
Do yourself a favor and reconnect with the reason you started playing bass in the first place.
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