New Gear, November 2011

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.

MXR Analog Chorus

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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.
Street $100

Cort Arona Bass

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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

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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?
Street $1,000

Eastwood Guitars Magnum Bass

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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.
Street $580

Fender Classic Series ’70s Precision

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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.
Street $850

Monolith Magma 1.0 Bass Preamp

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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.
Street $780


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New Gear: November 2012

Besides a 5-band EQ with ±18dB at 50Hz, 160Hz, 630Hz, 2.5kHz, and 12kHz, HAO’s Bass Liner preamp—co-designed by Phil Jones of Phil Jones Bass—offers true-bypass switching, a secondary direct output jack, and a mute switch.

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New Gear: November 2013

With their heavy-duty Neutrik connectors and fire-retardant sheath, FM Cables’ new Speakons are built to last, and if their three standard lengths—5’, 6.5’, and 10’—don’t work for you, go ahead and order a custom cable.

New Gear : May 2011

Studio Devil’s new bass amp plugin for VST, Audio Units, and Pro Tools RTAS compatible hosts features dual-channel architecture— allowing players to blend two independent tones together—five cabinet emulation modes, 12 bands of graphic EQ, chorus and reverb effects, and a built-in chromatic tuner.

New Gear: June 2011

Germany’s AER (Audio Electric Research, for those keeping track) has come out with a 200-watt, 2x10 combo with 3-band semi-parametric EQ and a built-in compressor.

New Gear November 2009

Industrial Radio MIDI Bass Bass players have long dreamed of a bass guitar that outputs reliable, pitch-accurate MIDI. With such a bass, a universe of opportunity awaits. Various manufacturers, to varying degrees of success, have tried to conquer this significant engineering challenge. Next to the plate? The Industrial Radio MIDI bass. The technology looks promising (check out the website for an in-depth description), and I dig the high-end touches, like the Nordstrand Big Split pickups. Price TBD Contact