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Ernie Ball Music Man Caprice

With one passive model already released, hot on its heels comes a two-pickup instrument from Ernie Ball. Is it really twice as much fun? Mike Brooks investigates We looked at Ernie Ball’s passive Cutlass bass several issues back and were

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BC Rich Mockingbird Mark 3

No bass screams ‘Metal!’ like a BC Rich. If headbanging is your thing, look no further, says Joel McIver With the honourable exception of the late, inimitably great Bernard Edwards, who was last seen playing a BC Rich Eagle on

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Pedulla Buzz Fretless

If you’re going to do something, do it well, as the saying goes – and Michael Pedulla has done just that. Mike Brooks checks out the ‘buzz’ on the street Michael Pedulla has been celebrating 40 years of making his

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Ashdown AAA-60-10T AAA Combo

An Ashdown combo for less than £200? Joel McIver plugs in… The venerable Brit amp makers Ashdown have sent us this fun-sized 60W AAA bass combo, and fans of the company’s bigger gear as we are, it would be churlish

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Dingwall Z3

What happens when you take a Z1 and a Z2 and put them together? You get a Z3, of course! Mike Brooks runs the rule over a Dingwall tone machine We’ve reviewed several Dingwall basses in the past, and no

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Mesa Subway D-800 and S112/S115

Mesa Engineering’s first venture into the Class D amp market is here! Mike Brooks takes the whole rig for a trouser-flapping spin Hailed for their fabulous valve amps, Mesa Engineering has taken a while to deliver their first lightweight, compact Class

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Hartke HyDrive HD15 and HD25 Combos

Portable practice combos seem to be getting smaller by the day. Mike Brooks tests two lightweight combos from Hartke The HyDrive range, with their aluminium and paper cone hybrid, have proven to be very successful for Larry Hartke and his

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Mayones Patriot Custom

Mike Brooks helps himself to a custom dollop of Mayones. Does it have the necessary sauce? Mayones are steadily becoming more visible in bass-selling emporiums around the country, and with good reason: they’re producing some seriously top-notch instruments. With basses that

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Sandberg Forty Eight

Ellen O’Reilly tackles a bass built to rock earth from the bowels of hell When it comes to the craft of bass-making, the Germans do it well. Having recently won a ‘Gear of the Year’ award for its exquisite basses,

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Darkglass Microtubes B7K Ultra

Darkglass returns with a souped-up version of the ace Microtubes B7K bass distortion. Joel McIver steps up One of the best jobs on this magazine is testing bass distortion pedals. It’s a great opportunity to remind yourself that deep inside your

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