Roland V-Bass reviewed in the new Bassplayer mag

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by frederic b. hodshon, Sep 25, 2002.

  1. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA

    they liked it. good review!!!

    i basically traded my MTD K5 and MIM Jazz for mine.

    best swap i ever made!!!

    very deep unit, for the effects alone. same size as my VG-8 guitar modeler.

    i can use the same Roland case with either!!


  2. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i'd love to try one!
  3. They give everyone a good review.

    Challenge... Name 3 reviews in 3 years that had an total score of "average."

    Nothing! Everything they review is "better then average."

    They gave the Digitech BP-8 big ratings.
    And had Bass Player Magazine "special edition" models to give away.
    Let me tell you, I owned a BP-8 for 2 years and they rated it WAY to high.

    And yet, one of the finest handmade bass products ever made:
    the Fulltone Bass Drive only gets a mediocre write up.
    Maybe because Mike doesn't provide advertising money.

    Never buy a product based upon a Bass Player Magazine Review.

    What? You think they're going to dis' one one their advertisers?

    Bass Player Magazine Reviews aren't worth the paper it's printed on.
  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    I've never seen their gear reviews dis anything! Ever since the mag was born, I've learned you really have to read with a grain of salt and to read between the lines.
    For instance, that Yammer 1000 review essentially said it's a piece of crap.....if you read between the lines and look and the picture of the awful wiring. But, like other gear that didn't exactly "glow" in their reviews, it still got good numerical ratings! :confused: I guess Yamaha taking out full page ads in the mag didn't hurt, either :p

    That's not to say at all that the Roland may not be a helluva unit. It's got to be state-of-the-art for stage use. I hope it is and would love to try one.

    When I read the Roland review, I couldn't help remembering when BP reviewed the ART Nightbass effects unit. They nearly said that was the last, ultimate, word in bass effects. I imagine the ART can't compare with the new Roland.

    The options on that Roland ought to keep you busy for at least the rest of the year, Fred! If you can find time, your doing a review of it here on TB would certainly be interesting. Unlike BP, you didn't get it for free, so I'd give more weight to your comments.
  5. Can you use that unit without the pickup? Just as an effects unit I mean, I realize you wont get the bass modeling or synth modeling.
  6. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    sanctum: yes, you can plug into the v-bass and access the effects.

    and quite an array of effects it has!

  7. thanks - cause the pickup is sold separately, no? or do you buy one and get both in a package?
  8. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    you can get both as a package deal. you just need to make sure the dealer is including the pickup.

    i found the BEST deal at:

    beat EVERYONE with the package deal. and free UPS ground shipping.