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  • Guild Guitars Announces Starfire Bass II Flamed Maple

    Guild Guitars Announces Starfire Bass II Flamed Maple

    Guild’s iconic Starfire Bass II is available in a new Flamed Maple version for 2018. The company debuted the instrument at the Winter NAMM Show. “The Starfire Bass II Flamed Maple (FM) is a dual-pickup semi-hollow bass guitar that adds additional sonic options to Guild’s iconic Starfire Bass,” Guild writes. “As its name suggests, the... »

  • Bass of the Week: Guild Starfire II

    Bass of the Week: Guild Starfire II

    This week we’re checking out the Starfire II from Guild. The iconic semi-hollow bass first debuted in 1967 where it was used by artists like Jefferson Airplane’s Jack Casady and the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh. It was reintroduced in 2015 to the delight of many a bass player. Central to the Starfire II’s design is... »

  • Epiphone Unveils Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Jack Casady Bass

    Epiphone Unveils Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Jack Casady Bass

    Jack Casady and Epiphone are celebrating twenty years since the introduction of the bass legend’s signature bass. Launched in 1997, the bass will be offered this year in a special limited edition outfit defined by a flame maple veneer top and a Wine Red finish. It will also come with a custom gig bag, deluxe... »

  • 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... »

  • Italia Guitars Unveils the Maranello Cavo Bass

    Italia Guitars Unveils the Maranello Cavo Bass

    Italia Guitars unveiled a handful of new instruments at Musikmesse this year including the Maranello Cavo Bass. The short-scale, semi-hollow four-stringer is described as “packing an enormous punch in a very comfortable package.” Available in Racing Green and Translucent Cocoa colors, the retro-styled bass is built with a chambered mahogany body complete with the company’s... »

  • Bass of the Week: BNJ Guitars Hex 4

    Bass of the Week: BNJ Guitars Hex 4

    This week we’re taking a look at the Hex 4 by BNJ Guitars. The sleek, blacked-out, semi-hollow bass is built with a lime and mahogany body finished in a matte black and matched with an ebony fingerboard. It’s fitted with red strings that really pop against the black background. BNJ fits the Hex 4 with... »

  • Bass of the Week: Cunningham Bass & Guitarz RLJ-5 Splendour Jazz Bass

    Bass of the Week: Cunningham Bass & Guitarz RLJ-5 Splendour Jazz Bass

    Jamaica-born, Australia-based luthier Dwight Cunningham creates some stunning basses, including this gorgeous RLJ-5 Splendour Jazz Bass. The semi-hollow bass features a myrtle and alder body loaded with a Nordstrand Bigman pickup in the bridge position with a split coil in the neck position. Its seven-piece neck is crafted from Myrtle, Indian Rosewood, Maple and Mahogany.... »

  • Bass of the Week: Ploughman Guitars Semi-Hollow Bass

    Bass of the Week: Ploughman Guitars Semi-Hollow Bass

    This week we’re checking out another beautiful instrument by Serbia’s Ploughman Guitars. Their take on a semi-hollow body bass is crafted with a one-piece Sipo body that topped with book-matched, hand-carved, Bosnian maple. Its five-piece maple and mahogany neck is topped with a wenge fingerboard adorned with mother of pearl block inlays. The hardware includes... »

  • 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... »

  • Bass of the Week: Godin A4

    Bass of the Week: Godin A4

    This week we’re checking out the Godin A4. Available in fretted and fretless versions, the semi-acoustic bass is fitted with a low profile Lace Sensor with side-mounted controls as well as custom Godin Saddle transducers with their own custom preamp. The extensive tonal options can be output via 1/4″ and 13-pin connectors, allowing for computer... »