Gear of the Year 2018: Bass gear nominees

Here are our five nominees for the best bass gear of the year. Part two of our Gear of the Year series is all about the bass. Over the course of 2018, we’ve had the pleasure of putting some of the best bass guitars, amps and pedals through their paces. Listed here are our favourites thus far. The actual winner will be announced in our January More...

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By On Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Bartel Amplifiers Roseland Review

The man who was once the ‘Tone King’ has struck out on his own to build no-compromise guitar amps under his own name. Huw Price finds out if Mark Bartel still has the magic touch… Mark Bartel was one of More...

By On Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Supro 1685RT Neptune Reverb & 1699RH Statesman

The reborn Supro continues to push its ambitions beyond mere reissues of heritage amps – will these two all-new models convince Richard Purvis that the past has a future? With the range going from strength More...

By On Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Two-Rock Bloomfield Drive Combo

If you like the idea of a Dumble-style amp with realistic power levels and a forgiving, player-friendly feel, this may be the Two-Rock for you. Huw Price takes the Michael… When we reviewed the Custom Reverb More...

By On Monday, October 8th, 2018

DV Mark DV ‘Raw Dawg’ EG

Created for blues ace Eric Gales, this hybrid amp promises huge clean tones from a box the size of a sawn-off cereal packet. Richard Purvis scales up his expectations… One day, shaggy-haired scientists will More...

By On Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Zilla Cabs Speaker Cabinets

If you need a speaker cabinet with a specific look, sound and size, getting one custom made might be more affordable than you’d imagine. Huw Price hails a Zilla cab… Based in Somerset, Zilla Cabs is a small More...

By On Monday, October 1st, 2018

Blackstar Unity 250 & 500 Bass Amps

A range of brand new bass combos introduces the Blackstar name to lovers of low frequencies. Michael Heatley looks at the most powerful members of this united front… Few can doubt the impact Blackstar has More...

By On Friday, September 28th, 2018

Orange Terror Bass

Almost 10 years on from its introduction, Borehamwood’s finest resurrects the original lunchbox bass head for 2018. Chris Vinnicombe takes a bite… Orange’s Tiny Terror popularised the lunchbox guitar amp More...

By On Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Honeyboy 30

When it comes to Bandmaster-style amps, it’s true what they say: good things really do come in threes. Huw Price gets a taste of Honeyboy’s unique new take on the classic Fender circuit… Honeyboy is a More...

By On Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Marshall Origin 20C – Origin Of Species

A player-friendly update on the amps that made Marshall great, the Origin series aims to prove that vintage can be modern. Richard Purvis puts the 20-watt combo under the microscope… Look at the comments below More...