Vintage style bass amps seem hard to find these days, especially affordable ones.

For every vintage reissue bass amp there's probably ten or more vintage guitar models amps available.

About ten years ago I saw an amazing looking bass amp in a music store. It appeared to be an Ampeg B-15 Portaflex, the legendary bass combo from the 1960's.

On closer inspection I realized it was a new, solid state remake of that classic old tube amp, the B-15 Portaflex.


I got my VT bass pedal about a year ago and I have to say that is hands down the best bass pedal I have ever owned.

I've owned several other pedals over the years including the very popular Sansamp Bass Driver DI.

Being that both pedals are quite similar and are made by the same company, I will compare the two stomp-boxes and explain why I prefer the VT bass.


I switched to flatwound strings about ten years ago after flirting with them on and off for about a year on my Fender Jazz bass.

The first time I tried them I was shocked at how much I hated them.

I was used to roundwounds with their bright clanky ring and rough floppy feel. Flats felt stiff, too slick and worst of all they sounded completely dead.


I only play four string basses and I'm gonna tell you why. When Leo Fender invented the modern electric bass in 1951 he gave it four strings for a reason....because it was the optimum number of strings for grooving.

The man knew exactly what he was doing and who are we to argue with genius?

So let's take a look at why four string basses are really the only way to play bass properly.

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