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  • Fender Introduces Classic Player Rascal Bass

    Fender Introduces Classic Player Rascal Bass

    Back in 2013, Fender Master Builder Jason Smith created the retro styled Rascal Bass to display at the NAMM Show. “I wanted to build a short-scale bass that was reminiscent of some of the Kay and Danelectro basses,” Smith stated. This week Fender announced that the Rascal Bass would be put into full production as... »

  • Bass of the Week: Scott Guitar Works SB-2

    Bass of the Week: Scott Guitar Works SB-2

    This week we check out the SB-2 by Scott Guitar Works of Louisville, Kentucky. The bass is built to order and has a plethora of options, but its central point is its unique body shape. Scott shaves down to a minimalist design with a short lower horn and thinner, longer upper horn while keeping it... »

  • Tanglewood Introduces Updated TW155-A Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Tanglewood Introduces Updated TW155-A Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Tanglewood Guitars has revamped their Premier series of acoustic instruments including the TW155-A bass. The lineup’s third generation is defined by solid AA Sitka spruce tops, mahogany back and sides, and a natural satin finish. The TW155-A acoustic bass guitar has a rosewood fingerboard and matching bridge. Its body is also bound in rosewood and... »

  • Ibanez Adds New Color Finishes to SR Premium Series Basses

    Ibanez Adds New Color Finishes to SR Premium Series Basses

    Ibanez stepped up its SR series in 2011 with the SR Premium, which took the company’s flagship model and gave it upgraded features. The series has traditionally kept in the vein of boutique basses with only natural finishes, but Ibanez has announced that the SR Premium 1400E and 1405E will be getting new color options... »

  • Bass of the Week: M-Tone Guitars Boki

    Bass of the Week: M-Tone Guitars Boki

    M-Tone Guitars made their first bass earlier this year, and by the looks of it, they got it right the first time. The M-Tone Boki is a custom bass that was hand-built in Portland, Oregon with a “super light” one-piece swamp ash body finished in a gorgeous floral paint job. Its motif is carried over... »

  • Bass of the Week: Marleaux Consat Signature

    Bass of the Week: Marleaux Consat Signature

    Gerald Marleaux is a world-class bass luthier based in Clauthal-Zellerfeld, Germany. His designs bring together the highest degrees of form and function into 4-, 5-, and 6-string basses. Today we check out Marleaux’s Consat Signature, the luxury version of his flagship Consat model. Standard features include a 3- or 5-piece birdseye maple neck with wenge... »

  • Sterling by Music Man Adds Natural Finish to Lefty Ray34 Series Bass

    Sterling by Music Man Adds Natural Finish to Lefty Ray34 Series Bass

    Sterling by Music Man introduced a new natural finish to the left-handed version of the Ray34 bass at this year’s Summer NAMM show. The natural finish allows for the bass’s lightweight ash body to be show through. The bass retains the features of the Ray34 series including maple neck, a single alnico humbucker pickup, and... »

  • Bass of the Week: Soame Custom Guitars PJ435

    Bass of the Week: Soame Custom Guitars PJ435

    Sometimes you see photos of a bass posted on Facebook, and you just have to stop to check it out. This gorgeous Soame Custom Guitars PJ435 bass was one of those for me. Handmade in Argentina, the bass features a Northern ash body and a bookmatched flamed maple top that really pops thanks to a... »

  • 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,... »