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  • Bass of the Week: Anaconda Crusher Standard CX5

    Bass of the Week: Anaconda Crusher Standard CX5

    Facebook is great for discovering new and beautiful instruments. Our friend Russ Sargeant posted a picture of this fantastic Anaconda Crusher Standard and I was hooked. Built in England, the hand-crafted bass has some nice curves for ergonomics and aesthetics. The Crusher comes in several flavors, with the Standard version offering all of the most... »

  • Alusonic Announces the Alberto Rigoni Hybrid Signature Bass

    Alusonic Announces the Alberto Rigoni Hybrid Signature Bass

    Alusonic Aluminum Instruments has teamed up with Italian bassist Alberto Rigoni to present the Alusonic Alberto Rigoni Hybrid signature bass. The bass is a take on the company’s hybrid blend of aluminum and wood construction and features an alder body topped with aluminum. “As many bass players, I’m affected by GAS but I’m also pretty... »

  • Carvin Introduces Vanquish Series Bass Guitars

    Carvin Introduces Vanquish Series Bass Guitars

    Carvin has unveiled a new line of basses called the Vanquish Series, which the company calls a “radical departure from traditional bass guitars.” Available in 4-, 5-, and 6-string versions, the new model is built with a beveled body for comfort and a 5-bolt neck for increased body/neck contact. Standard features on the series include... »

  • Bass of the Week: Helios Guitars Evolution 4 Custom

    Bass of the Week: Helios Guitars Evolution 4 Custom

    This week we check out the Evolution 4 Custom by Helios Guitars. Made in Italy, the bass is completely handcrafted to benefit its tonal qualities. “Various instruments benefit the typical industry process of precision (in the cut, calibration, painting etc.),” Helios writes, “but suffer the stress of the prime material through the carving phases: high... »

  • Old School: 1962 Fender Precision Bass

    Old School: 1962 Fender Precision Bass

    After featuring a beautiful 1969 Fender Precision Bass in our Old School series, Tim Wolfe, Jr. sent us a note about his 1962 Precision. Not only is this one great looking bass, the story is equally terrific. Tim’s grandfather gave him the bass after playing it for years. Here’s the story… How long have you... »

  • Rikkers Custom Basses Announces Acoustiline and Acidline Basses

    Rikkers Custom Basses Announces Acoustiline and Acidline Basses

    Dutch luthier Rikkers Custom Basses turns thirty this year, and to celebrate the company has introduced two new bass models: the Acoustiline and the Acidline. As with the rest of their instruments, the basses are hand made in the North of Holland. The Rikkers Acoustiline is a unique hollow body acoustic bass defined by its... »

  • Bass of the Week: Murray Kuun Elemental

    Bass of the Week: Murray Kuun Elemental

    Murray Kuun is a South African luthier who admits he came to the profession relatively late in life, but his passion is in creating fresh designs. “I am not keen on making copies of instruments that have been copied ad nauseam,” he shared. “All my instruments are original designs.” His first bass model is the... »

  • Gear Review: Ibanez SRF700 Portamento Fretless Bass

    Gear Review: Ibanez SRF700 Portamento Fretless Bass

    Up for a review is the Ibanez SRF700 Portamento, a 4-string fretless from the company’s new Bass Workshop series. The bass is fitted with some nice features for a bass under a thousand bucks, namely piezo pickups imbedded in the bridge and integrated with Bartolini active pickups. The bonus here is that the piezos actually... »

  • AC Guitars Introduces The Krell Single Cut Model Bass

    AC Guitars Introduces The Krell Single Cut Model Bass

    Scottish luthier Alan Cringean of AC Guitars has introduced a singlecut version of his Krell bass, which was unveiled last year. The new model features all of the body contours of its predecessor but replaces the upper horn with a continuous slab to connect more of the neck to the body. The new design features... »

  • Spector Unveils Helium Series Basses

    Spector Unveils Helium Series Basses

    Spector introduced their Helium Series of NS and Forte basses at Winter NAMM this year. The series uses a unique combination of reclaimed woods to create basses that weigh in at seven pounds and twelve ounces. “The top of this neck thru body instruments wings are carved from quarter sawn sycamore obtained from salvaged logs... »