MXR Analog Chorus
Although it’s not specifically designed for
bass, the MXR Analog Chorus manages
to leave the bottom end untouched—set
the low frequency control flat, in fact, for
a touch more booty. From shimmering
chimes to warbling birds, it’s all there.
Cort Arona Bass
Designed for Cort by Sandberg Guitars, this Euro axe has 24 frets, MM/J pickups from Desonic by Delano, and a
sleek profile that is both sexy and ergonomic. It comes with a swamp ash or alder body (depending on the finish)
and a fast, “C”-profile neck that begs to be played. Available in 4- and 5-string models.
Street 4-string, $560; 5-string, $610
Orange Terror Bass BT1000H
British amp company Orange has figured out a way to squeeze 1,000 watts
from its lightweight Terror bass head. The 12AX7-based preamp adds pulp
and loads of vitamin C (color). Orange you glad you waited for this one?
Eastwood Guitars Magnum Bass
A revamping of the offbeat Ovation Magnum bass of the ’70s, this Eastwood has a lightweight
mahogany body, bolt-on maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard. The gi-normous neck-position
“mudbucker” pickup is a dubster’s dream.
It’s not a completely faithful
reproduction of a standard
’70s P, but it does have
the bound and blocked
fingerboards that were
an option during the “Me”
decade. Rather than scour
Craigslist for an increasingly
rare original, you can now
buy this sweet axe that
evokes the heady days of
bellbottoms, Cuervo Gold,
and mellow doobies.
Monolith Magma 1.0 Bass Preamp
This two-channel, solid-state pre has A, B, and BLEND inputs; DRIVE,
BASS, MID, TREBLE, and LEVEL controls for each channel help you tailor the
output for clean or hot molten tone.