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  • Bass of the Week: Fodera Zebrawood AJ Contrabass Shape 12 Elite

    Bass of the Week: Fodera Zebrawood AJ Contrabass Shape 12 Elite

    This week we’re checking out a very unique Fodera. This Zebrawood AJ Contrabass Shape 12 Elite is a 12-string fretless built specially for bassist Steuart Liebig. Featuring the “AJ Contrabass” body shape, the instrument is built with a mahogany body with a Flame Maple tone block and zebrawood top. The neck is a five-piece laminate... »

  • Bass of the Week: Stellart Guitars Nemesis

    Bass of the Week: Stellart Guitars Nemesis

    Bass builder Stephan Mongeon sent me some photos of his latest build and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. The Stellart Guitars Nemesis is a six-string neck-through semi-hollow fretless bass. Judging by these pictures, it’s a work of art, too. Mongeon builds basses with his wife, Ella, in Quebec where they’ve... »

  • Bass of the Week: Simnett Guitars 5-String Fretless

    Bass of the Week: Simnett Guitars 5-String Fretless

    Jon from Simnett Guitars shot us an email with his latest build, and it’s a beauty. This five-string fretless has some gorgeous features that the luthier put serious time and effort into. “It’s a 33-inch scale (tuned E-C) ‘piezo-only’ fretless. The Black Limba body is chambered and has a spalted Hornbeam top,” he explains. “There’s... »

  • Bass of the Week: LowDown Bass Guitars Special Custom Series 4F Fretless

    Bass of the Week: LowDown Bass Guitars Special Custom Series 4F Fretless

    Wandering around the halls at the NAMM Show is great for finding unique instruments. While browsing Hall E this year I saw this killer four-string fretless built by Tim Seisser of LowDown Bass Guitars. With all the interesting body work and the stunning fingerboard, I had to find out more. “This bass started as an... »

  • Getting Better Intonation on a Fretless Bass

    Getting Better Intonation on a Fretless Bass

    Q: I’ve recently made a switch from fretted to fretless bass, and so far it’s been awesome, but here’s the thing… A couple of the fretted basses I’ve played so far were all 34-inch scale, and the fretless I now play is a 35-inch scale six-string – and it’s unlined. So stretching my fingers that... »

  • B&G Handmade Guitars Announces Big Sister Bass

    B&G Handmade Guitars Announces Big Sister Bass

    B&G Handmade Guitars has unveiled the Big Sister, a bass to support their Little Sister guitar model. The semi-hollow bass, which comes in fretted or fretless, was designed for old school flair. “This Big Sister idea was born with the release of the Little Sister guitar,” B&G writes. “We wanted to apply the same traditional... »

  • Schecter Adds To Session Series With 8-String, 5-String, Fretless Models

    Schecter Adds To Session Series With 8-String, 5-String, Fretless Models

    Schecter expanded their Session Series of basses this year with an 8-string version of their Riot bass, a 5-string version of the Model-T, and a fretless version of the Stiletto. As a part of the series, each of the basses is built with a swamp ash body, hard rock maple neck, ebony side block inlays,... »

  • Gittler Instruments Unveils Bass Models at NAMM 2016

    Gittler Instruments Unveils Bass Models at NAMM 2016

    First introduced in the 1980s, the minimalist Gittler Guitar was reborn in 2013 thanks to musician and titanium expert Russ Rubman. This year Gittler Instruments has unveiled three new bass models, including four-string, five-string, and fretless versions. “Similar to the six string Gittler Guitar, these basses are manufactured of aircraft grade titanium with an optional... »

  • 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: Colin Edwin’s Wal Mk 1 Fretless

    Bass of the Week: Colin Edwin’s Wal Mk 1 Fretless

    Prog bassist Colin Edwin has been sharing details of his bass arsenal on his blog, including his exquisite Wal Mk 1 Fretless. The Porcupine Tree member explains that the model is probably his most played bass as he used it exclusively for several years. “Made in 1984 at Electric Wood in the UK, my Wal... »