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  • Bass of the Week: Serek Basses Midwestern

    Bass of the Week: Serek Basses Midwestern

    Jake Serek of Serek Basses has a unique way of blending old school and new school to create a fresh looking bass that remains rooted in the instrument’s history. This week we’re checking out the Midwestern, which blends aspects of Fender and Gibson basses. “The Midwestern is a short-scale powerhouse that is compact in size,... »

  • Bass of the Week: Kanzian & Traunsteiner Viennese Five-String Bass

    Bass of the Week: Kanzian & Traunsteiner Viennese Five-String Bass

    As a double bass player, I love seeing old basses and wondering what stories they could tell. But I also love seeing the creation of new masterpieces, including this Kanzian & Traunsteiner five-string bass. Alex Kanzian and Fabian Traunsteiner are luthiers based in Vienna, Austria that opened their own shop about five years ago. “We... »

  • 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: The Painted Player Yellow Submarine Bass

    Bass of the Week: The Painted Player Yellow Submarine Bass

    The Painted Player Guitar Company makes some fantastic finishes for their instruments, but they really went all out on this bass tribute to the Beatles. Their “Yellow Submarine” bass is a heavily modded Fender Mexican Precision that was crafted to resemble the psychedelic boat. “[The bass was created] in the UK using a stunning Fender... »

  • Bass of the Week: Yamaha Billy Sheehan Acrylic Attitude LTD3

    Bass of the Week: Yamaha Billy Sheehan Acrylic Attitude LTD3

    This week we’re checking out a cool one-off that Yamaha built for bass shredder Billy Sheehan. Based on his signature Attitude LTD3 model, the bass brings together some interesting elements tied around Sheehan’s band The Winery Dogs. “Before The Winery Dogs’ touring cycle in support of their second album Hot Streak, Billy asked us to... »

  • Bass of the Week: KD Basses Picasso

    Bass of the Week: KD Basses Picasso

    Andy Irvine of The Daily Funk Club shared some pictures of this bass on Facebook and it made me stop scrolling. The Picasso by KD Basses is a colorful, artistic take on the instrument made in Bulgaria. The bass’s body is built with an Elm core, but luthier Kostadin Dimitrov covered it with an irregularly-shaped... »

  • Bass of the Week: Scopel P-Board Bass

    Bass of the Week: Scopel P-Board Bass

    I love it when luthiers think outside the box with the woods they use for their instruments. A recent trend has been to recycle old skateboards to create instant mojo, and Brazilian bass builder Antonio Cesar Scopel nailed it with his P-Board bass. Inspired by the Fender Precisions from 1951 to 1957, the P-Board’s body... »

  • Bass of the Week: Zon Guitars Zemi Acoustik Bass

    Bass of the Week: Zon Guitars Zemi Acoustik Bass

    Meshuggah’s Dick Lovgren has gotten a crazy new bass from Zon Guitars, and it’s our bass of the week. The one-of-a-kind Zemi Acoustik is based on Zon’s Sonus body style but has a thicker, hollow mahogany body with a stunning flame maple top. Its set neck is made of a composite, while the phenowood fingerboard... »

  • 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: D’ARCO Shakti 5-String Bass

    Bass of the Week: D’ARCO Shakti 5-String Bass

    This week we’re checking out the D’ARCO Shakti 5-string bass by French Luthier ClĂ©ment D’Arco. The striking bass has a host of beautiful, exotic woods to create a rich visual appeal. Its body is crafted from lacewood, purpleheart, wenge, and flamed maple while the 13-piece neck is made of flamed maple, wenge and a bubinga/wenge... »