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  • 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... »

  • Gear Review: Cort Jeff Berlin Signature RITHIMIC Bass

    Gear Review: Cort Jeff Berlin Signature RITHIMIC Bass

    Okay, bass lovin’ people, how about a bass that strives to be… plain? Well not completely plain, but just a basic, good bass. Kind of refreshing since most new basses to hit the market usually make strides to separate themselves from the herd, and then ask us to believe it, then buy it at a... »

  • Paul Lairat Unveils Travel Bass

    Paul Lairat Unveils Travel Bass

    French luthier Paul Lairat has unveiled his latest creation called the Travel Bass. The bass features a headless design with a trimmed back body shape. Combined with its reduced 32-inch scale, the bass is ideal for taking on the road. Lairat handcrafts the model in 4-, 5-, or 6-string builds with two versions: a mahogany... »

  • 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... »