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  • Bass of the Week: Crom Custom Shop Romantic Warrior

    Bass of the Week: Crom Custom Shop Romantic Warrior

    Matias Crom sent us photos of his Romantic Warrior model, and I dropped everything I was doing. The 34-year-old, Italian-Argentinian luthier has been making baroque instruments like lutes and viols for the past 10 years, but he started making basses when he was 18 after hearing Primus. His unique influences are melded together in the... »

  • Custom Shop: Roks Instruments

    Custom Shop: Roks Instruments

    Earlier this year we featured the Roks Instruments Futura bass as a bass of the week. It garnered so much interest that we decided to get the inside scoop on the company with luthier Axel Roks. Based in the Netherlands, Roks describes his basses as “tools for musicians created in the twilight zone between craftsmanship... »

  • Bass of the Week: Alembic Series II “Leap of Faith”

    Bass of the Week: Alembic Series II “Leap of Faith”

    Alembic’s basses have been a big influence on custom builders, and it’s easy to see why. They started in 1969 as a live sound consulting operation. Founders Ron and Susan Wickersham then moved into instrument electronics, creating low impedance pickups and what would become first set of active electronics for a guitar. Their first bass... »

  • Bass of the Week: Ele Custom Basses Puntundo 5

    Bass of the Week: Ele Custom Basses Puntundo 5

    This week we’re checking out the Puntundo 5 by Spain’s Ele Custom Basses. This version of their El Puntundo bass was made for Fabio Lessa and features the headless version of the striking singlecut design. One’s eye is led straight to the buckeye burl top, which is accentuated with matching pickup covers. The set-neck bass... »

  • Bass of the Week: Evilectric Skull Bass

    Bass of the Week: Evilectric Skull Bass

    With a name like Evilectric, you might guess that the company makes some gnarly looking basses. You’d be right. Evilectric builds full 41 3/4-inch scale electric upright basses with custom designs. Only three have been made so far, and this week we’re checking out the Skull bass. The body is a skull and cross bones... »

  • Bass of the Week: Mana Basso Glade 6-String

    Bass of the Week: Mana Basso Glade 6-String

    This week we’re checking out a six-string Glade model from Mana Basso custom basses. The gorgeous singlecut bass features a Padouk, Wenge and Swamp Ash body matched to a Wenge, Padouk and Flamed Maple neck for a rich textural palette. Its Birdseye maple fretboard leads your eye to the bass’s carved headstock, which is made... »

  • Bass of the Week: Ramos Guitars Gotham

    Bass of the Week: Ramos Guitars Gotham

    This week we’re checking out a sleek black custom bass called the Gotham by Spain’s Ramos Guitars. The seven-string brute is built with a mongoy body and fretless ebony fingerboard for a dark theme and an air of mystery. Featuring neck-through construction, its three-piece maple neck is reinforced with graphite for added strength. Ramos fitted... »

  • Bass of the Week: Lea Bass Guitars Dumpster Bass

    Bass of the Week: Lea Bass Guitars Dumpster Bass

    As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That’s why luthier Scott Sterling of Lea Bass Guitars decided to create the Dumpster bass. Although the bass has a fine fit and finish, the components didn’t start out that way. “This bass started out as an ‘upcycled’ experiment in tonality – all the wood... »

  • Bass of the Week: Stambaugh Designs 6-String Custom Inlayed Bass

    Bass of the Week: Stambaugh Designs 6-String Custom Inlayed Bass

    Chris Stambaugh of Stambaugh Designs posts a “Build of the Month” on his website to show his best work of the month, and it’s incredible to see the range of styles he produces. This week, we check out a custom six-string design he featured in November 2012, with a dramatic fingerboard inlay and breath-taking body... »

  • Gear Review: Accuracy Basses Matisse Deluxe 5-String

    Gear Review: Accuracy Basses Matisse Deluxe 5-String

    Like any craft, the art of building basses takes finesse and attention to detail. Each contour is carefully considered and carved into the bass as a painter would add a stroke to his painting, so it’s only fitting that Accuracy Basses named their doublecut model the Matisse Deluxe after the French artist. Accuracy is a... »