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.
Fender Classic Series ’70s Precision
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.