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  • Gear Review: Orange Amplification O Bass

    Gear Review: Orange Amplification O Bass

    The O Bass by Orange Amplification is their first offering in the bass guitar market, aimed at appealing to the retro vibe market. It’s not hard to see the paring of an O Bass and a tube powered bass amp sonically. It’s definitely a rock bassist’s guitar, although you can get a pretty fat full... »

  • Gear Review: Gallien-Krueger MB410 Bass Combo Amplifier

    Gear Review: Gallien-Krueger MB410 Bass Combo Amplifier

    Gallien-Krueger’s latest line of combo amps, the MB combo series, has all the GK tone and power you’d expect from GK and some features that will really appeal to the “plug and play” musician. The 500 watt GK MB410 is relatively light weight at 49 lbs and has a streamlined black box presence. All controls... »

  • Gear Review: Rockready Volo Bass Gig Bag and UltraStrap 3.5

    Gear Review: Rockready Volo Bass Gig Bag and UltraStrap 3.5

    Working musicians who demand better accessories will be happy that Rockready is making a bass gig bag and guitar strap. The Volo bass guitar gig bag is designed as a lightweight case that is in between a hard shell guitar case and your typical soft gig bag. Leaning more to the soft bag side though,... »

  • Gear Review: Sire Guitars Marcus Miller V7 5-String Bass

    Gear Review: Sire Guitars Marcus Miller V7 5-String Bass

    Sire Guitars’ Marcus Miller V7 5-String Bass really caught me off guard, more about that after the details. This instrument is definitely of the Fender-style design. The body and neck feel as you would expect from this approach. The Maple neck had that full rounded profile associated with J basses, and the Ash wood body... »

  • Gear Review: Ibanez BTB33 Bass

    Gear Review: Ibanez BTB33 Bass

    Today we’re checking out the Ibanez BTB33. Ibanez has been making great instruments for decades now, and has been a mainstay for musicians in all styles. No news there. This bass is unique for it’s particular purpose, which is for the bassist that likes to solo, comp chords and be on the front line. This... »

  • Gear Review: Accuracy Basses Matisse Deluxe 5-String

    Gear Review: Accuracy Basses Matisse Deluxe 5-String

    Like any craft, the art of building basses takes finesse and attention to detail. Each contour is carefully considered and carved into the bass as a painter would add a stroke to his painting, so it’s only fitting that Accuracy Basses named their doublecut model the Matisse Deluxe after the French artist. Accuracy is a... »

  • Gear Review: Gruv Gear GigBlade Bass Gig Bag

    Gear Review: Gruv Gear GigBlade Bass Gig Bag

    Every once in a while a product comes along that totally reimagines a piece of gear that most of us take for granted. In the world of gig bags, that product is the Gruv Gear GigBlade. The main idea behind the GigBlade is economy of space and weight distribution. Most gig bags have backpack straps... »

  • Bass Review: Fender American Standard Dimension Bass IV HH

    Bass Review: Fender American Standard Dimension Bass IV HH

    Fender took a leap last year by introducing a new model apart from their genre-defining Precision and Jazz basses. The Dimension Bass started as a model in their Modern Player Series before branching into their Deluxe and American Deluxe series. But now the double humbucker model has been cemented into the brand’s lineup with an... »

  • Gear Review: Cort Jeff Berlin Signature RITHIMIC Bass

    Gear Review: Cort Jeff Berlin Signature RITHIMIC Bass

    Okay, bass lovin’ people, how about a bass that strives to be… plain? Well not completely plain, but just a basic, good bass. Kind of refreshing since most new basses to hit the market usually make strides to separate themselves from the herd, and then ask us to believe it, then buy it at a... »

  • Gear Review: Ibanez SRF700 Portamento Fretless Bass

    Gear Review: Ibanez SRF700 Portamento Fretless Bass

    Up for a review is the Ibanez SRF700 Portamento, a 4-string fretless from the company’s new Bass Workshop series. The bass is fitted with some nice features for a bass under a thousand bucks, namely piezo pickups imbedded in the bridge and integrated with Bartolini active pickups. The bonus here is that the piezos actually... »