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The Kala uBass!

Kala Ubass Acacia Model

One of the single best things we got to see this year at Summer NAMM came out of the Kala booth, where they were showing off the prototypes for the brand spankin’ new

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Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Bass Guitar Tuner

Planet Waves Bass SOS Strobe Pick Tuner

Planet Waves S.O.S. (Strobe On String) Bass Guitar Tuner At first, I wasn’t exactly sure about how this half-dollar sized tuner functioned. To begin with, it has no input jack and secondly, there is no display. The basic idea is that as the string vibrates, two out-of-phase LED lights pulse …

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Ernie Ball Coated Bass Strings Review

Ernie Ball Coated Bass Strings

By Matt O’Donnell Lots of people get ahead of themselves and say that coated instrument strings aren’t for “real players”. This is mostly because existing sets of coated strings don’t feel natural at all, despite the fact that they last longer. Some smaller string companies won’t even consider making coated …

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Aguilar Announces The Octamizer Analog Octave Pedal

Aguilar Octamizer

Following the success of last year’s Tone Hammer preamp/DI, Aguilar Amplification is continuing their foray into the world of bass effects with the Octamizer analog octave pedal. The Octamizer is designed to give bass players access to a wide range of octave-based sounds with a simple user interface. Featuring a …

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Elrick Expat New Jazz Standard 5 String Bass

Elrick Expat Jazz Standard 5 String Bass Guitar

Review by Roy Vogt It’s a common battle cry with instrument companies: “It’s like a Jazz Bass on steroids.” This is the genesis of what I call the New York school of bass building; two pickups, bolt on neck, ash body. Enter the Chicago-based luthier Rob Elrick, who has been …

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Elrick Bass Strings

Elrick Bass Strings Review by CJ Wilder III With the strings on a Squier 5-string jazz bass, I loved how they felt right out of the packaging. I test-drove them over a week’s time, playing four gigs at 4 hours a night. After these smoky bar gigs, they still have …

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Oasis Flex-Core Bass Guitar Strings

Oasis Flex Core Bass Guitar Strings

Oasis Flex-Core Bass Strings Review by Matt O’Donnell One of the contstant factors that bass players either get really involved or not involved enough with is selecting a good set of bass strings. You have to make choices based around gauges, tightness, brightness factor, roundwound, flatwound, nickel vs. steel, and …

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