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  • Bass of the Week: BL Design Marozi #014

    Bass of the Week: BL Design Marozi #014

    One of the first basses we featured in the Bass of the Week series was the redwood themed BL Design Barbary. After revisiting the BL Design website I found this unbelievable 5-string Marozi that centers around a stunning spalted myrtle burl top. The Marozi is one of luthier Beau Leopard’s double cutaway designs. This particular... »

  • Marcus Miller Teams with Sire Guitars for New Signature Basses

    Marcus Miller Teams with Sire Guitars for New Signature Basses

    Marcus Miller has a new line of signature instruments with Sire Guitars. The series is based on two models – the J-bass inspired V7 and the modern-styled M3 – and aims to create quality instruments at low prices. Miller describes how the series comes about in this interview video: Available in four or five-string versions,... »

  • AC Guitars Announces Border Reiver Travel Bass

    AC Guitars Announces Border Reiver Travel Bass

    AC Guitars is introducing a new compact model called the Border Reiver Travel Bass. Hand-built in Scotland, the headless bass takes its name from a piece of local history. “Border Reivers were bands of raiders that operated on both sides of the English/Scottish border from the 13th to 17th century,” luthier Alan Cringean explains. “So... »

  • Pedulla Guitars Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Limited Edition Basses

    Pedulla Guitars Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Limited Edition Basses

    Forty years in business is quite an accomplishment, and Pedulla Guitars is celebrating that very milestone with a limited edition collection of basses. Michael Pedulla, who started the company in 1975, has made one limited edition 40th Anniversary version of each of his bass models including the MVP, the Pentabuzz, the Rapture, the Nuance, and... »

  • Bass of the Week: Willcox Guitars Saber SL

    Bass of the Week: Willcox Guitars Saber SL

    This week we check out the Willcox Saber SL, a bass that is set apart by its innovative Lightwave pickups. Originally built under the LightWave moniker, designer Chris Willcox created a separate guitar company to put out his instruments. Willcox invented the LightWave optical pickup and incorporates it into the Saber SL. “The LightWave Optical... »

  • Bass of the Week: LedBelli Bass Guitars Jonah #015

    Bass of the Week: LedBelli Bass Guitars Jonah #015

    I love checking out new basses that set themselves apart from the pack, and the LedBelli Jonah does just that. The fretless, single-cut, semi-hollow bass is a real eye catcher. The company just shared pictures of the recently completed Jonah #015, which features a stunning book-matched California Redwood burl theme. The bass’s body is semi-hollow... »

  • MTD Kingston Announces Saratoga Deluxe Jazz Bass

    MTD Kingston Announces Saratoga Deluxe Jazz Bass

    MTD Kingston is introducing the Saratoga Deluxe Jazz bass at Winter NAMM 2015. A riff on their Saratoga bass, the Deluxe model includes active/passive operation with a bypassable 3-band EQ. The Saratoga Deluxe comes in three finishes: limited edition satin honey burst, satin dark cherry burst, or gloss transparent black. Its maple neck sports an... »

  • Bass of the Week: Phantom Guitars XTC

    Bass of the Week: Phantom Guitars XTC

    This week we check out the XTC by Phantom Guitars. Handmade in Cologne, Germany, the XTC brings together elements of several classic basses with a single-coil and humbucker pickup configuration that the company says gives it modern sounds for rock, funk, jazz and pop. The XTC comes in 4-, 5-, and 6-string versions with a... »

  • Ibanez Unveils Limited Edition Buckeye Burl SR Premium Bass

    Ibanez Unveils Limited Edition Buckeye Burl SR Premium Bass

    Ibanez has unveiled a new limited edition version of their SR Premium bass. Built in their Premium facility, the SR Premium LTD SR5BBLTD is set from its apart with a Buckeye Burl top with a matching headstock and pickup covers. The SR5BBLTD’s ash body is matched with an Atlas-5 five piece wenge and bubinga neck... »

  • Bass of the Week: R.Hyde Guitars Soul Machine

    Bass of the Week: R.Hyde Guitars Soul Machine

    This week we check out the R.Hyde Guitars Soul Machine, an instrument Ryan Hyde calls a blend of traditional and modern values. Hyde honed his skills in Ken Smith’s shop before starting his own in Philadelphia. “The Soul Machine is meant to be a work horse instrument of the highest caliber,” he states. “It exudes... »