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  • Bass of the Week: Lowe Custom Guitars Chromasonic

    Bass of the Week: Lowe Custom Guitars Chromasonic

    Luthier Brad Lowe launched his custom instrument business in 2009 in order to combine his lifelong interests of the musical, visual, and industrial arts. His flagship bass model called the Chromasonic is proof that he’s on the right track. Available in 4- and 5-string versions, the bass is designed with a unique body shape that… »

  • OZZtosh Introduces LUMA Aluminum Body Bass

    OZZtosh Introduces LUMA Aluminum Body Bass

    OZZtosh unveiled their latest creation, the LUMA Bass, at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee last week. The bass follows suit with the rest of their LUMA series and is CNC machined from a 6061 solid aluminum billet. The instrument is then hand polished and assembled in the U.S. Weighing in at 8.7 pounds,… »

  • Rick Turner Teams Up with Michael Kelly Guitars to Release Licensed Renaissance Bass

    Rick Turner Teams Up with Michael Kelly Guitars to Release Licensed Renaissance Bass

    Luthier Rick Turner has teamed up with Michael Kelly Guitars to release a licensed line of his Renaissance instruments, including the Renaissance Bass. Turner, who co-founded Alembic in 1970, has been making the series by hand up until now. The Michael Kelly MKB4SB Renaissance Bass is a chambered acoustic 4-string bass built with an okumé… »

  • Ella Basses Introduces Isaac Singlecut Bass

    Ella Basses Introduces Isaac Singlecut Bass

    Ella Basses has introduced a new singlecut model called the Isaac. Named after luthier Jeff Power’s son, the bass is handmade and can be ordered to suit. The Isaac has been made in 4- and 5-string versions with standard features including set-neck construction, Bartolini pickups and electronics, and Hipshot hardware. The first 4-string Isaac is… »

  • Bass of the Week: Paul Belgrado Stringed Instruments Custom AG #1

    Bass of the Week: Paul Belgrado Stringed Instruments Custom AG #1

    This week we check out the Custom AG by Belgian luthier Paul Belgrado. Finished in a root beer color nitrocellulose finish, the bass gives an air of classic ideas with a modern approach. The AG is built with an alder body, maple neck, and madagascar rosewood fingerboard. It gets its meaty sound from a pair… »

  • Bass of the Week: Keybass 3.0

    Bass of the Week: Keybass 3.0

    We love innovative basses, so when Jonathan Dauphinais announced the Keybass 3.0, we were pumped. The instrument is a bass guitar with a keyboard synthesizer mounted to its lower half so that each can be played simultaneously. Dauphinais first started experimenting in 2007. This is the third model of his concept, which was completely custom… »

  • PRS Announces SE Kingfisher and SE Kestrel Basses

    PRS Announces SE Kingfisher and SE Kestrel Basses

    PRS Guitars has introduced the first bass models of their SE line: the SE Kingfisher and the SE Kestrel. The basses, which are designed in Maryland and built overseas, are both described as traditional character with modern upgrades. SE Kingfisher Bass The SE Kingfisher is a neck-thru design built with a swamp ash body, a… »

  • Fender Introduces American Standard Jaguar Bass

    Fender Introduces American Standard Jaguar Bass

    Fender is adding a Jaguar model to their American Standard bass lineup, which will be the first U.S.-made Jaguar bass. Built in their Corona, California plant, the American Standard Jaguar Bass will be built with an alder body finished in 3-color Sunburst, Olympic White, Black, or Mystic Red. Each bass will be loaded with a… »

  • Bass of the Week: Tony Cochran Mercy Bass

    Bass of the Week: Tony Cochran Mercy Bass

    I love instruments that get stylistically creative, and Tony Cochran has a knack for making them. Cochran, who is also the syndicated cartoonist of the comic strip Agnes, has a habit of taking neglected guitars and basses and giving them a new life. “I them on Craigslist, at garage sales, and hidden in closets.… »

  • Carvin Introduces JB4 and JB5 Classic Bolt-Neck Jazz Basses

    Carvin Introduces JB4 and JB5 Classic Bolt-Neck Jazz Basses

    Following up on their recent PB series, Carvin has announced the JB4 four-string and JB5 five-string Classic Bolt-Neck Jazz Basses. The new models blend classic styling with the company’s more contemporary features including a locking bass bridge, a smooth contoured neck heel with a 5-bolt neck plate, and a 22-fret neck with dual carbon fiber… »