Nordstrand Audio Starlifter review

A studio-quality preamp and DI box with clarity, precision and a super-solid build

Nordstrand Starlifter
(Image: © Nordstrand Audio)

Guitar World Verdict

A vital new addition to the ranks of the bass preamp pedal.


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    Pristine studio quality sound.

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    Sturdy pedal format.


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    May not offer radical enough tone shaping for some.

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    Very heavy.

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Bass preamps are all the rage right now – whether it’s because of the passive pickup trend, or because we’re just realizing that it’s easier to have one preamp for multiple basses than to have one installed in every bass, preamp pedals are all over the place. 

What makes the Starlifter – released under Carey Nordstrand’s ‘Rocket Surgeon Effect Pedal Laboratory’ imprint – most interesting is the company’s existing pedigree for great bass tone. Nordstrand pickups are widely loved, and their onboard preamps are featured in some pretty high end basses. So let’s get stuck in!

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