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The Year's Best In Bass

Q: What’s the single best bass-related purchase you’ve made this year?
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Q: What’s the single best bass-related purchase you’ve made this year?

Kala UBass.
—Visawin Honda

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Fender Select Jazz Bass.

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—J. Peter Ross

Mono M80 double bass case

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—Kyle French

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 Ibanez BTB 5-string.

—Jorge Vélez

The Bass For Dummies book, a title

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 that some would say is redundant.

—Ron Carson.

The new Primus album.

—MrGizmo Simpson

A 1975 Fender Jazz Bass in near mint condition from

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 Bass Northwest in Seattle. What a find!

—Marc Colón

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TC Electronic BC500 and cabs.
—Russ Earnshaw

Yamaha TRB5P. Mmm, mmm, good!

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—Arlin Hall

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 Roy Vogt’s Teach Me Bass Guitar. 

Thanks for the review!

—Mike Cranston

MusicMan 6-string Bongo, stealth edition.

—Karl Shott

ESP LTD Vintage 204 bass, one of the best sounding and playing basses in my collection. It’s in- spired me to play a lot more.
—Josh Herald

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My Boss RC2 Loop Station pedal.
—Janey Funk Fingers Fox

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An Alleva-Coppolo LM5. I’ve been gigging pro for over 20 years, and the feel, ease of use, and sonic possibilities (along with a healthy dose of Vitamin P for Practice) have helped me take it to the next level.
—Steve Earnhart

Zoom B9.1UT Multi-Effect.

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—Peter J Reed

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A Skype lesson with Jeff Berlin.
—Hohn F. Hebert

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My first Warwick bass, a limited edition “dirty blonde” Thumb Bass.

—Christian de Mesones

NS Design NXT5 electric upright bass.

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—Davyd Norris

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Markbass F1 amp.

—Danny Buchannan

Aguilar Tone Hammer 500.

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—Duane Say

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Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord pedal.

Adds killer rhythm guitar sound through a separate signal. Sounds great!

—David L. Hastings

Fender Custom Shop Pino Palladino Precision Bass.
—Jan Detremerie

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D’Addario black nylon strings.
—Marius Goldhammer

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Carvin BX500.
—Frankie Guerra

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Gallien-Krueger MB800. ���Joel Dawson

My 2012 black Honda Goldwing to carry my bass on!
—James Tooson

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 Schecter Diamond series Stiletto Studio 5.
—XXX

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Marcus Miller, Renaissance!
—Donnie Fletcher

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