Reviewed: Markbass Groove NS 5 045-125 Bass Strings
The evolution of Markbass from bass amplifier designers to all-round bass artisans has delighted many a bassist, including myself. As a result of their recent acquisition of the renowned D’Orazio factory, they have now released their very own, original set of bass strings. I’ll be talking about the Groove Series in particular for this review, but before I jump into the strings themselves, it’s worth talking about the history of D’Orazio as well as the region of Abruzzo in Italy where they’re based.
Mixdown's 2019 Christmas Gift Guide: Accessories
Ho ho ho - where did the year go!? All of a sudden, the festive season has snuck up onto us once again, and if you're anything like us here at Mixdown, there's a good chance that you're probably incredibly disorganised. To prevent you from having to endure the agony of Michael Bublé churning out another frostbitten rendition of a Christmas carol down the aisles of your local department store, we've put together a comprehensive guide of all the hottest musical gifts to keep your eyes peeled for this festive season. If you're simply looking for a last-minute stocking filler, here's a list of capos, tuners, straps, picks and little bits and bobs that will work some magic under the tree this December.
Reviewed: Kyser Accessory Range
In 1981, retired machinist Milton Kyser was approached with a complaint from his guitarist friend, learning that the standard elastic capos at the time were inaccurate, flimsy and short-lived. Inspired by this feedback, Kyser took it upon himself to design a capo that would be defined by two simple characteristics: ease of use and precision. It wasn’t long until the Kyser Quick-Change capo was born, subsequently taking the world by storm. After many years of innovation and development, Kyser has firmly established themselves as a leading name in instrument accessories.
Reviewed: Black Diamond Strings Jimi Hendrix Foundation ‘Music For Life’ Guitar Strings
Since 1890, Black Diamond Strings have been faithfully providing musicians with reliable and great-sounding strings. While a lot has changed since then in guitar string manufacturing, Black Diamond Strings still preserve the very same dependable qualities that originally made them a hit. This year, Black Diamond Strings have partnered up with the Jimi Hendrix Foundation to offer a new series of signature strings to fund a praiseworthy cause.
Reviewed: Ernie Ball Axis Capo
Ernie Ball have long been in the business of guitar tech and accessories. Be it through their iconic Music Man and Sterling guitars or through their pedals and accessories, you can be sure that every single product is robust, versatile and ready for the stage. Ernie Ball’s latest offering – the sleek and unassuming Axis capo – thankfully retains all of these traits with a unique reversible design.
Reviewed: Voodoo Lab Pedal Power X4 Isolated Power Supply and X4 Expander
It’s an incredible time to be alive if you’re a guitarist. The realm of guitar pedals that currently exists is a never-ending rabbit hole of discovery, littered with thousands upon thousands of different effects to choose from. However, one crucial component is often overlooked when finalising your setup: the power supply unit.
Reviewed: Voodoo Lab Dingbat Small Pedalboard
Voodoo Lab’s Dingbat pedalboards were first unveiled at Summer NAMM 2016. They come in a variety of sizes, ranging from a portable nano-sized board to a monstrous 2.6kg slab capable of hosting two power supplies on its underside. Voodoo Lab also offers a bundled package with each model; up for review here is the Dingbat small pedalboard, pre-installed with Voodoo Lab’s famous Pedal Power 2+.
Reviewed: Ernie Ball Primo, Mega and Mammoth Slinky Strings
Since the 1960’s, Ernie Ball have been producing some of the finest guitar strings that have been used by almost every legendary player to hit the stage around the world. Revered legends like Eric Clapton, Slash, Keith Richards, Kirk Hammett, Jimmy Page, John Mayer and John Petrucci amongst countless others all choose Ernie Ball Slinkys when it comes to stringing up their guitar of choice.