Arizona’s Swan Song bass-makers have debuted with a serious piece of bass hardware. Joel McIver ruffles its feathers

Swan Song Guitars

  Just the words ‘Rimrock, Arizona’ make this pale, typically sun-deprived Brit faint at the thought of how hot it must be in Swan Song’s workshop. Either luthier Nelson Joyce and his team have industrial-strength air-conditioning or they’re built like

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The British amp legends launch a spiffing new range – and Kev Sanders gets straight to the root of the matter… Ashdown Engineering There’s always a buzz of excitement among the bass community prior to the launch of a new

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Fender Jazz – Custom Shop 1964 ‘New Old Stock’


The most popular, most copied bass in the world: why change a winning formula, says Mike Brooks Bass Gear What is there to say about the Fender Jazz that hasn’t been uttered thousands of times before? It’s one of

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Status Series 3, 4 and 5

Blue 5 All001

BGM has been given first dibs to review this brand-new pair of Status symbols and Mike Brooks was handed the task. Read on for a world exclusive! Despite the introduction of new models, new body shapes and new circuitry, Status’s

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One Love: Love Supreme 2014 Report

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Love Supreme Jazz Festival at Glynde Place in Sussex is the place to go for jazz bass, daddio. Mike Flynn feels the groove. Jazz’s natural habitat is usually that of a subterranean club, back bar, cosy club or high-end concert

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Carvin MB10, MB15 & MB210 Micro Bass Combos


Low-cost bass combos with healthy power ratings and small dimensions? Sounds like a good deal for the player looking for a portable set-up… Mike Brooks lines them up Powerful, transportable combos are always in demand, and with fuel costs and

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Fender Rumble 100 and 500


Duff Battye puts two of Fender’s new Rumble combo series to the test. Will they make the earth move for him? The 2014 NAMM trade show in California saw guitar and amp giant Fender launch their Rumble series of bass

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RIKKERS 30th Anniversary Hollowline


Got a spare four grand? If so, this slab of delicious Dutch-ness may be for you, declares Joel McIver When the courier delivered this bass to BGM’s command bunker, we wondered why Rikkers had sent it in a massive flight

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Ibanez SRI200E Premier


Ibanez has a new Premium range of basses. Mike Brooks finds out if ‘Premium’ means Waitrose or Aldi…

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Carvin SB5000F


Mike Hine gets his slap on with this five-string 5000

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