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  • Fodera Unveils Lacewood Emperor 5 Deluxe Select

    Fodera Unveils Lacewood Emperor 5 Deluxe Select

    Fodera has announced the latest in their Select Series of instruments with the Lacewood Emperor 5 Deluxe Select. Similar to their Standard Series, the Select Series instruments are built in small batches of custom shop instruments with limited options to reduce on wait time and cost. As its name implies, the Lacewood Emperor 5 Deluxe... »

  • Bass of the Week: Matteo Marziali “The Bad” Bass

    Bass of the Week: Matteo Marziali “The Bad” Bass

    This week we’re checking out an awesome instrument built by Italian amateur bass builder Matteo Marziali, who started building basses after being inspired by the work of Carl Thompson. His latest creation, which he dubbed “The Bad” bass, brings has a dark theme that draws on the work of several of his favorite luthiers. “I... »

  • Kiesel/Carvin Guitars Updates Icon Series Basses

    Kiesel/Carvin Guitars Updates Icon Series Basses

    Kiesel Guitars, formerly Carvin Guitars, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Icon series of basses with an upgraded version of the instruments. Available in four-, five-, and six-string models, the Icon 2.0 bass now features a deeper body cutaway for improved comfort, a three-piece headstock design, and an option for a chambered body. The... »

  • Bass of the Week: RG Custom Basses Pathos

    Bass of the Week: RG Custom Basses Pathos

    Bassist Sam Battaglino shared some details of his new RG Custom Basses Pathos on a Facebook group called Best Boutique Basses, and it stopped me in my tracks. The left-handed bass features a neck-through design with solid spalted Ambrosia maple body wings that give it a raw, organic, and yet refined aesthetic. Its five-piece neck... »

  • Nordstrand Guitars Introduces Dan Lutz Nordy DL vM5 Bass

    Nordstrand Guitars Introduces Dan Lutz Nordy DL vM5 Bass

    Nordstrand Guitars has teamed up with bassist Dan Lutz to unveil the Nordy DL vM5. The bass is a take on the company’s Nordy vM5 model that brings together their NP5 and BigMan pickups for a unique configuration. Similar to the vM5, the DL vM5 is built with either an ash body and maple fingerboard... »

  • Bass of the Week: Fodera Flame Koa Monarch 4 Elite “#4000”

    Bass of the Week: Fodera Flame Koa Monarch 4 Elite “#4000”

    It’s always good to look back at your work when you hit a milestone, but Fodera does it with style. They recently completed a special Flame Koa Monarch 4 Elite that they’ve dubbed Fodera #4,000, and it’s a beauty. “Our Monarch design was our very first bass design and the second instrument that we ever... »

  • Ibanez Terra Firma Bass Gets Maple Fretboard

    Ibanez Terra Firma Bass Gets Maple Fretboard

    After introducing the model last year, Ibanez is now offering the Terra Firma model in 5- and 6-string models with maple fretboards. The single-cut BTB model is part of the company’s experimental “Bass Workshop” series and has several features typically found on boutique basses. Its neck-through design includes a five-piece maple and bubinga neck with... »

  • Bohemian Guitars Announces Boho Bass

    Bohemian Guitars Announces Boho Bass

    Here’s something different: Bohemian Guitars has introduced the Boho Bass, a hollow body electric bass constructed with an upcycled oil can. Each body has a removable back as well as an internal wood frame for increased amplification and structural integrity. The Boho Bass features a 30-inch scale with easy access to the upper register on... »

  • Vibrance Guitars Introduces Bass Models

    Vibrance Guitars Introduces Bass Models

    Vibrance Guitars has gotten into the deep end with a new line of basses. Available in four and five-string versions, the basses are hand-crafted in the U.S. by luthier Craig Collins. Each bass design includes neck-through construction and a highly chambered body for extra harmonic resonance. The bodies are made with American Black Walnut for... »

  • Bass of the Week: Vinciguerra Custom Shop BAJ Signature 6

    Bass of the Week: Vinciguerra Custom Shop BAJ Signature 6

    Bass builder Mark Vinciguerra recently posted photos of a recently completed BAJ Signature six-string bass and it stopped me in my tracks. The model, designed with bassist Brent-Anthony Jackson, comes with plenty of options, but this one seems just right. It features a black limba body topped with a stunning maple burl in a natural... »