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  • Gear Review: Orange 4-Stroke Bass Amp and OCB410 Cabinet

    Gear Review: Orange 4-Stroke Bass Amp and OCB410 Cabinet

    The latest amp offering from Orange, 4-Stroke 300W Bass Amp paired with their OCB410 Bass Cabinet is a sweet combination bassist wanting an all analog Class A/B amp for both clean sounding or bit of edge. This a rock bassist rig without a doubt, but it really delivers on versatility. The 4-Stroke has a different... »

  • Gear Review: Ibanez SR300E and TMB2000 Basses

    Gear Review: Ibanez SR300E and TMB2000 Basses

    This review will cover two Ibanez basses that are by design apples and oranges, but maybe in side-by-side comparison help you to find a good fit that suit your needs. The SR300E-CCB is the more modern styled and beginner level variety and the TMB2000-TFL fits the more seasoned player seeking a classic sound and esthetic.... »

  • 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... »