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  • Bass of the Week: Malinoski Rodeo Bass

    Bass of the Week: Malinoski Rodeo Bass

    Peter Malinoski is a luthier with an artistic vision for his instruments and passion for uniqueness. With several college degrees in the arts, it’s no wonder his designs stand out. “[My instruments] are a step back and beyond the roots of electric guitars that represent what electric guitars could have been and still can be... »

  • Bass of the Week: Pedulla MVP/Buzz

    Bass of the Week: Pedulla MVP/Buzz

    Fretted and fretless models respectively, the Pedulla MVP and Buzz are the flagship basses based on the design that first brought luthier Michael Pedulla to prominence. The unique body shape and fresh approach to ergonomics set them apart from standard designs. The bass starts with a three-piece laminated maple neck that’s reinforced with a double-acting... »

  • Bass of the Week: Bassline Worp

    Bass of the Week: Bassline Worp

    In experimenting with neck designs, German luthier Rüdiger Ziesemann was looking for a way to improve sustain in his Bassline brand designs. He came up with a radical neck profile with extended mass and a groove on the back for your thumb. The concept was first introduced into his electric upright model called the Universal,... »

  • Bass of the Week: Schecter Stargazer-4

    Bass of the Week: Schecter Stargazer-4

    Schecter’s Stargazer-4 is a quirky take on basses of years past. The old school-inspired 4-stringer is built for versatility with EMG’s MMHZ humbucking pickup in the bridge position and the EMG SJHZ single-coil pickup in the neck position. For further tonal adjustments, the bass has an EMG active 2-band EQ in addition to a pickup... »

  • Bass of the Week: Nordstrand NX5

    Bass of the Week: Nordstrand NX5

    I’ll admit it – I’m a sucker for boutique top woods. That’s why I had to do a double take when I saw Nordstrand’s first NX5 Bolt-on bass guitar. Its spalted maple top and matching headstock have a gorgeous textural look with striking light and dark contrasts thanks to the spalting, which is naturally created... »

  • Bass of the Week: Hofner 500/1 Vintage 1963 Violin Bass

    Bass of the Week: Hofner 500/1 Vintage 1963 Violin Bass

    In 1955, Walter Hofner came up with the idea to make a short scale bass guitar with a violin-shaped hollow body. The idea came to life the next year at the Frankfurt trade show and made its rounds, eventually landing in the hands of Beatles member Paul McCartney, who had to switch from guitar to... »

  • Bass of the Week: Surine Basses Regency 8-String “Rainbow”

    Bass of the Week: Surine Basses Regency 8-String “Rainbow”

    Surine Basses decided to go all out on their Regency model with this “Rainbow” 8-string bass. The hollow-body bass has a stunning 32-strip laminate top and matching headstock with a variety of exotic woods. Equally impressive is the 7-piece thru neck made of rock maple and purple heart, which is topped by an ebony fingerboard.... »

  • Bass of the Week: GMR Bassforce NT

    Bass of the Week: GMR Bassforce NT

    While checking out different luthiers’ websites, I came across the GMR Bassforce NT: a neck-through version of their flagship model. Based out of the UK, GMR’s Bassforce is proof of their constant work. “The shape is seen on Bassforce is a case of evolution of early models which started coming out from the workshop nearly... »

  • Bass of the Week: Hot Wire Bass Inlaw 521 BO

    Bass of the Week: Hot Wire Bass Inlaw 521 BO

    German bass company Hot Wire produced a super cool version of their Inlaw 521 BO model with a stunning quilted maple top and matching pickup covers. The “zebra” effect is attained by using a lighter quilted maple and a dark quilted maple to create a sharp contrast. The Inlaw comes in several versions, but the... »

  • Bass of the Week: LeCompte Electric Bass’ Prototype 1.5

    Bass of the Week: LeCompte Electric Bass’ Prototype 1.5

    Texas-based luthier Bud LeCompte has lots of cool designs on his website, but his Prototype 1.5 (aka PT 1.5) really caught our eye. With one foot rooted in the past and one stepping forward, the cool singlecut body shape has LeCompte’s unique style written all over it. “I like a lot of the traditional instruments,... »