March 2020

Reviews: Bass Gear

Premier Guitar's rating system includes brief summations of a product’s pros and cons, as well as pick ratings (0–5) in four categories—Tones, Design/Build, Value, and Playability (for instruments) or Ease of Use (amps, effects, and other devices) or Versatility (pickups and speakers). Items with a total of 18 or more picks (out of 20) win our coveted Premier Gear Award.

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This Bass Head Redefines What It Means to "Get in the Pocket"

February 20, 2020
This innovative head-and-cab pairing musters impressive thunder for its size. The PG Quilter Bass Block 802 and BassDock 12 review.
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EBS OctaBass Blue Label: The Premier Guitar Review

February 16, 2020
The Swedish bass pros slim down their octaver while imbuing it with gut-shaking low end and analog warmth.
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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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Darkglass Electronics Harmonic Booster: The Premier Guitar Review

January 24, 2020
The Finnish company revives its first pedal and packs it with even more tone-shaping functionality.
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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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Spector Legend 4 Standard: The Premier Guitar Review

January 10, 2020
This versatile, active P/J-configured 4-string comes in at just over five bills and absolutely earns its name.
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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 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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Quick Hit: Cort Action HH4 Review

December 3, 2019
A dual-humbucker 4-string with plenty of switching options defies its price with a tight, light build.
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The Year in Gear 2019

November 21, 2019
The 60+ guitars, amps, pedals, basses, and accessories that stood out from the crowd and earned our coveted Premier Gear Award this year.
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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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Ernie Ball Music Man Short-Scale StingRay Review

November 11, 2019
A classic bass gets a short-scale makeover, but doesn’t come up short anywhere else.
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Quick Hit: Vox Mini Superbeetle Bass Review

October 23, 2019
Sure, it’s a cute little rig, but it can speak quite loudly for its size.
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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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Gibson Les Paul Junior Tribute Doublecut Bass Review

October 8, 2019
A salute to the EB-0 checks in with a low street price and high-flying sounds.
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Fender Downtown Express Review

September 22, 2019
Three of the most useful tone tools for bassists in a tidy, variable-XLR-equipped box.
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Electro-Harmonix Bass Mono Synth Review

September 19, 2019
Big, warm, analog synth sounds for your low go.
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Jackson Spectra JS3V Review

September 12, 2019
An active 5-string with a price in contrast with its sophisticated, stealthy looks.
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Darkglass Microtubes X Review

September 5, 2019
The Finnish bass experts distill much of their X7 distortion pedal’s magic into a smaller, lighter, more affordable box.
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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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