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  • 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... »

  • 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... »

  • Ibanez Introduces Peter Iwers PIB3 5-String Bass

    Ibanez Introduces Peter Iwers PIB3 5-String Bass

    In Flames bassist Peter Iwers has teamed up with Ibanez to release a third signature bass called the PIB3. Featuring a new blood red finish, the company says the new five-string model’s secret weapon is the EQB-IIID 3-band EQ. The mid control is set up to boost at one frequency while cutting at a different... »

  • Aries Basses Introduces the Aman II Bass

    Aries Basses Introduces the Aman II Bass

    Aries Basses has added a new model to their lineup called the Aman II. The design is brings together elements of two of their existing basses with the front pulling from the Aman I and the semi-acoustic body style of their Conis bass. The Aman II is built with a chambered Mahogany body and spruce... »

  • Bass of the Week: Whitt Guitars 5-String Fretless Archtop Acoustic Bass

    Bass of the Week: Whitt Guitars 5-String Fretless Archtop Acoustic Bass

    My friend Gil sent me a heads up for this week’s featured bass, and I’m glad he did. This intriguing instrument is a one-of-a-kind acoustic fretless 5-string bass built by Daniel Whitt of Whitt Guitars. “At Whitt guitars, I build guitars that inspire creativity, capture the imagination and throw everything for a loop,” the bass... »

  • Jackson Introduces David Ellefson Signature Kelly Bird V Bass

    Jackson Introduces David Ellefson Signature Kelly Bird V Bass

    Jackson Guitars has announced a 5-string version of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s signature Kelly Bird Bass. Building on the 4-string version, the bass retains many of the same features including a basswood body and a bolt-on bound maple neck with block inlays. The bass is fitted with a pair of EMG HZ40 pickups matched with... »

  • 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... »

  • 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... »

  • 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... »

  • 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... »