the online magazine for bass players

Search Menu
  • 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... »

  • Gear Review: Ibanez BTB1406E 6-String Bass

    Gear Review: Ibanez BTB1406E 6-String Bass

    Ibanez’s foray into the boutique bass domain is off to strong start. The only thing missing is the extra $1,000.00 you didn’t have to spend to enjoy all of the features this six string bass delivers. Most online retailers are offering this bass for sale in the $1,500.00 price range, which is not the price... »

  • Gear Review: Rybski Sean O’Bryan Smith Deluxe Signature Bass

    Gear Review: Rybski Sean O’Bryan Smith Deluxe Signature Bass

    Rybski’s Sean O’Bryan Smith Deluxe Signature Bass is a truly rare custom bass. Rare in the sense that most custom basses have some element of “stock” to them, where as this bass is a signature model with features to fit a particular player’s needs and the builders unique touches that comprise his own inspiration and... »

  • Review: Cort T54 and Curbow 52 Basses

    Review: Cort T54 and Curbow 52 Basses

    This review will cover two Cort basses, the T54, and the Curbow 52. These basses are not the Cort basses of years past you may remember when you went shopping for one of your early basses. For an entry level intermediate basses, I was truly impressed with the features, fit and finish, and the sound.... »

  • Gear Review: Kinal SK5-B Bass Guitar

    Gear Review: Kinal SK5-B Bass Guitar

    It’s bass guitar review time once again, and this time we’re checking out the SK5-B made by Michael Kinal of Kinal Guitars. Please bear with the theoretical extrapolations in this review. It might seem like a long review here, but the information will come in handy for you when you start to compare basses, giving... »

  • Gear Review: Tech 21 Bass Boost Fuzz Pedal

    Gear Review: Tech 21 Bass Boost Fuzz Pedal

    Tech 21 has a long history with bassists, and that history is growing even larger with the inclusion of bass-friendly versions of the Boost Series pedals. Offering an extra 21 dB of clean boost at your disposal, the line is characterized by analog circuitry that takes classic tones and attempts to improve them. The Bass... »

  • Gear Review: Vigier Arpege IV Bass

    Gear Review: Vigier Arpege IV Bass

    In 1978, Patrice Vigier set out to become an independent luthier of guitars and basses, and Vigier Guitars was born. Thirty-four years later, the Vigier is still going strong. We got our hands on the company’s Arpege IV bass, and took it for a test drive. The Arpege IV is a lovely sounding four string... »

  • Gear Review: The Basswitch IQ DI

    Gear Review: The Basswitch IQ DI

    Ruppert Musical Instruments dubs their Basswitch IQ DI the “Swiss Army Knife for Bass Players”, and I have to agree. The device is just now available in the U.S. The device indeed is many things in one: A/B box: Allows you to have to instruments plugged in for fast switching on stage Clean Boost: Engage... »

  • Gear Review: Darkglass Electronics Microtubes B3K

    Gear Review: Darkglass Electronics Microtubes B3K

    Finland-based Darkglass Electronics, a company focused on bass effects and boasts handmade pedals, is the brainchild of Chilean-born Douglas Castro. Castro started the venture to create effects and tones that he heard in his head but couldn’t get with other pedals. The company’s flagship is their Microtubes B3K Bass Overdrive, a compact pedal featuring hybrid... »

  • Gear Review: ToneGear Bass String Cleaner

    Gear Review: ToneGear Bass String Cleaner

    If there’s one thing about playing I’ve always had trouble with, it’s going through strings. My hands sweat. A lot. And sweat really breaks down strings, especially in places where the humidity can be really bad (such as the Midwest, where I live). I’ve played every brand and type of string: coated, uncoated, steel, nickel…... »