April 2019

4-string

ARTICLES

Schecter SLS Elite-4 Review

March 15, 2019
A lightning-fast neck and a solid electronics package grace this 4-string with a boutique vibe.
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NAMM '19 - Mattisson Bass Janek Gwizdala Master Built & Standard Series Signature Bass Demos

January 27, 2019
Virtuoso bassist Janek Gwizdala jams on his brand-new namesake collaboration with luthier Anders Mattisson.
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ESP LTD GB-4 Review

January 8, 2019
An offset-design 4-string that charms with both attitude and tone-sculpting power.
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Squier Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH Review

December 18, 2018
With this new workhorse, adding a double dose of humbucker to the Jazz formula equals a whole lotta bass.
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Fano JM4 Standard Review

November 12, 2018
Though it’s been kissed by a Thunderbird, this surprisingly versatile handbuilt 4-string has a vibe all its own.
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Elrick Unveils the Icon Bass

October 25, 2018
The Gold Series bass has a bolt-on neck construction with a body that features a heel-less design.
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Marco N1 Review

October 17, 2018
A handbuilt take on the J-style formula brings modern touches to the table, yet has a price reminiscent of yesteryear.
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Eastwood Airline Pocket Bass Review

September 6, 2018
A short-scale Valco-made bass oddity from the 1960s flies again as a reissue, but with some contemporary improvements.
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SNAMM '18 - Galloup Guitars G.9CE Demo

July 19, 2018
The Michigan-based luthier and guitar-building instructor introduces his first acoustic bass with an original bridge design.
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Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Special Bass Review

July 12, 2018
An iconic bass design undergoes a subtle yet significant refresh, both inside and out.
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Swope Guitars Dakota Review

June 14, 2018
Crafted by a builder with a serious shop pedigree, this unique detour from the standard P formula is style-rich, tone-wealthy, and ultra-comfortable.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - iVee Guitars iVee#13 "TTT Bass" Misery 3030 & iVee#107 "es" Wayang Demo

May 25, 2018
Indonesian luthier Ivan Mulia demos 6- and 4-string instruments with meticulously hand-etched metal parts—the bass’ fretless fingerboard.
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Diminutive Darlings: Short-Scale Bass Review Roundup

May 15, 2018
We check out three downsized rumblers—the Fender JMJ Road Worn Mustang, Spector Bantam 4, and Supro Huntington II.
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DIY: No-Brainer Mods!

April 17, 2018
How to transform four affordable axes—a Gretsch Jet Club, an Epiphone Les Paul SL, and a Squier Vintage Modified Jag and Precision bass—into absolute gems.
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Modulus Graphite Funk Unlimited RevOLite Review

April 13, 2018
Modulus is back with a flyweight bass that’s easy on the shoulders but heavy in tone—and couldn’t care less about how cold it is outside.
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Epiphone Embassy PRO Review

February 15, 2018
A classic Epi bass from the ’60s is reimagined and reissued with a price that harkens back to the same era.
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NAMM '18 - PureSalem Guitars Cardinal Bass & Levitation 12-String Demos

February 12, 2018
Vintage form defines the first bass and debut 12-string by this Florida company.
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Quick Hit: Guild Jumbo Junior Bass Review

February 4, 2018
An acoustic bass that’s easy to transport, has big tones, is well constructed, and priced right.
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NAMM '18 - Dingwall D-Bird Standard Demo

January 28, 2018
The boutique-bass builder's multiscale "Lamborghini" interpretation of the famous silhouette features a cool new three-pickup array that can conjure a multitude of tones via a 4-way rotary switch.
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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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