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  • Bass Review: Fender American Standard Dimension Bass IV HH

    Bass Review: Fender American Standard Dimension Bass IV HH

    Fender took a leap last year by introducing a new model apart from their genre-defining Precision and Jazz basses. The Dimension Bass started as a model in their Modern Player Series before branching into their Deluxe and American Deluxe series. But now the double humbucker model has been cemented into the brand’s lineup with an... »

  • Bass of the Week: Assi Guitars Sciatt Bass

    Bass of the Week: Assi Guitars Sciatt Bass

    This week we check out the Sciatt bass by the new Italian company Assi Guitars. Bringing together modern and retro vibes, the bass is built with an Akatio body finished in a catching green that’s accented with a black pickguard. Its Balkan Maple neck is topped with an Indian Rosewood fingerboard. Assi fitted the bass... »

  • Jackson Steel Guitar Company Introduces SlideKing Bass

    Jackson Steel Guitar Company Introduces SlideKing Bass

    Here’s something you’ve probably never seen. The Jackson Steel Guitar Company has introduced the SlideKing Bass, an instrument that blends a bass guitar with a pedal steel guitar. Introduced at Summer NAMM this year, the bass is set up horizontally with pedals and comes in 4- or 5-string models. It’s built with a solid hard... »

  • Bass of the Week: Angie Taylor’s Custom Ritter Instruments Cora

    Bass of the Week: Angie Taylor’s Custom Ritter Instruments Cora

    Jens Ritter has a knack for creating unique instruments, but this one is something different even for him. Bassist and performance artist Angie Taylor got this custom made Ritter Cora with a mystic neon paint job. The 4-string bass is built with an alder body, maple neck, and ebony fingerboard. Its neck features a black... »

  • Gibson Updates Thunderbird and SG Standard Basses for 2015

    Gibson Updates Thunderbird and SG Standard Basses for 2015

    Next year will see the revamp of two classic Gibson basses including the SG Standard and Thunderbird bass models. Each of the basses will retain many of their features with improvements including a full contact bridge, thicker and smoother rosewood fingerboards, pearl inlays, comprehensive setups, upgraded output jacks, and more robust cables for improved signal... »

  • Bass of the Week: Doner Designs Navy Bass

    Bass of the Week: Doner Designs Navy Bass

    This week we check out an incredible project led by the good folks at Doner Designs, a father and son team that pieces together themed instruments to donate to charity. Steve and Richard Doner started playing bass and guitar, respectively, in 2008 as a bonding experience that grew into tinkering with upgrades and modifications. Now... »

  • Bass of the Week: Matteo Rufini Precision IV Custom Vintage Series

    Bass of the Week: Matteo Rufini Precision IV Custom Vintage Series

    A few months ago, Jordan Brown sent us some pictures of a bass he was having made. I knew even before it was finished that it was going to be a killer bass, and it looks like I was right. Brown, who is an active player in London, reached out to Italian luthier Matteo Rufini... »

  • Old School: 1960’s Burns of London Baldwin Jazz Bass

    Old School: 1960’s Burns of London Baldwin Jazz Bass

    You’re in for a special treat in this edition of Old School. Bassist Daniel Bayer shares the story behind his 1960’s Baldwin/Burns Jazz bass – a rare beauty, which Daniel believes was made in 1965 or 1966. According to the Burns Guitars website, James Burns (1925-1998) was often described as the “British Leo Fender”, and... »

  • Bass of the Week: Black Beard Guitars Fahrenheit 4:51 II

    Bass of the Week: Black Beard Guitars Fahrenheit 4:51 II

    This week we check out a stunning bass by Italian company Black Beard Guitars called the Fahrenheit 4:51 II. Inspired by the Fender ’51 Precision bass, Black Beard calls this “the first electric bass… revisited.” Its pine body is finished in a roasted semi-gloss and adorned with a an aluminum pickguard that etched with floral... »

  • Bass of the Week: Beardly Customs Rainbow Bass

    Bass of the Week: Beardly Customs Rainbow Bass

    Beardly Customs luthier Rick Link sent us this example of his take on a rainbow style bass, and it looks like he knocked it out of the park. The bass is centered around its body, which has thirty separate pieces of wood to give a rainbow-like effect. Link used rosewood, purpleheart, wenge, flamed maple, redwood... »