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  • Old School: 1972 Fender Jazz Bass

    Old School: 1972 Fender Jazz Bass

    For many readers, the gold standard of basses is the Fender Jazz. For No Treble reader Ken Burgner, the Jazz is his dream bass. Ken started out with a 1972 Jazz with a Lake Placid blue re-finish. But when he saw a ’72 with a sunburst finish listed for sale on TalkBass, he knew it... »

  • Bass of the Week: Angie Taylor’s Custom Ritter Instruments Cora

    Bass of the Week: Angie Taylor’s Custom Ritter Instruments Cora

    Jens Ritter has a knack for creating unique instruments, but this one is something different even for him. Bassist and performance artist Angie Taylor got this custom made Ritter Cora with a mystic neon paint job. The 4-string bass is built with an alder body, maple neck, and ebony fingerboard. Its neck features a black... »

  • Gibson Updates Thunderbird and SG Standard Basses for 2015

    Gibson Updates Thunderbird and SG Standard Basses for 2015

    Next year will see the revamp of two classic Gibson basses including the SG Standard and Thunderbird bass models. Each of the basses will retain many of their features with improvements including a full contact bridge, thicker and smoother rosewood fingerboards, pearl inlays, comprehensive setups, upgraded output jacks, and more robust cables for improved signal... »

  • Bass of the Week: Doner Designs Navy Bass

    Bass of the Week: Doner Designs Navy Bass

    This week we check out an incredible project led by the good folks at Doner Designs, a father and son team that pieces together themed instruments to donate to charity. Steve and Richard Doner started playing bass and guitar, respectively, in 2008 as a bonding experience that grew into tinkering with upgrades and modifications. Now... »

  • Bass of the Week: Matteo Rufini Precision IV Custom Vintage Series

    Bass of the Week: Matteo Rufini Precision IV Custom Vintage Series

    A few months ago, Jordan Brown sent us some pictures of a bass he was having made. I knew even before it was finished that it was going to be a killer bass, and it looks like I was right. Brown, who is an active player in London, reached out to Italian luthier Matteo Rufini... »

  • Old School: 1960’s Burns of London Baldwin Jazz Bass

    Old School: 1960’s Burns of London Baldwin Jazz Bass

    You’re in for a special treat in this edition of Old School. Bassist Daniel Bayer shares the story behind his 1960’s Baldwin/Burns Jazz bass – a rare beauty, which Daniel believes was made in 1965 or 1966. According to the Burns Guitars website, James Burns (1925-1998) was often described as the “British Leo Fender”, and... »

  • Bass of the Week: Black Beard Guitars Fahrenheit 4:51 II

    Bass of the Week: Black Beard Guitars Fahrenheit 4:51 II

    This week we check out a stunning bass by Italian company Black Beard Guitars called the Fahrenheit 4:51 II. Inspired by the Fender ’51 Precision bass, Black Beard calls this “the first electric bass… revisited.” Its pine body is finished in a roasted semi-gloss and adorned with a an aluminum pickguard that etched with floral... »

  • Dingwall Now Shipping Adam “Nolly” Getgood Signature NG-2 Bass

    Dingwall Now Shipping Adam “Nolly” Getgood Signature NG-2 Bass

    After introducing the Adam “Nolly” Getgood signature bass at NAMM this year, Dingwall Guitars has announced the NG-2 has been refined and is now shipping in Laguna Seca Blue and Ferrari Yellow colors. Black, red, and green models will follow in about four weeks. Created with the Periphery bassist, the NG-2 is built around a... »

  • Bass of the Week: Beardly Customs Rainbow Bass

    Bass of the Week: Beardly Customs Rainbow Bass

    Beardly Customs luthier Rick Link sent us this example of his take on a rainbow style bass, and it looks like he knocked it out of the park. The bass is centered around its body, which has thirty separate pieces of wood to give a rainbow-like effect. Link used rosewood, purpleheart, wenge, flamed maple, redwood... »

  • Ibanez Teams with Korg for the SR Kaoss Bass

    Ibanez Teams with Korg for the SR Kaoss Bass

    Here’s something different: Ibanez has teamed up with Korg to introduce the SRKP4 Bass. The 4-string model takes the company’s flagship SR model and equips it with a Korg Mini Kaoss Pad 2S, which has 100 effect programs that can be controlled real time with a touchpad interface. Those effects include a looper, vinyl break,... »