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  • Bass of the Week: Zerberus Guitars Hades

    Bass of the Week: Zerberus Guitars Hades

    This week we check out the Hades bass by Zerberus Guitars. Built in their German custom shop, the instrument was made for bassist Lenny Castellanos of the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band. The bass’s uniquely figured body is made of mahogany with a Zebrawood top finished in a wild honey color. Its five-piece neck is made... »

  • Bass of the Week: Franz Bass Guitars Danny Fox Merak 4

    Bass of the Week: Franz Bass Guitars Danny Fox Merak 4

    Bassist Danny Fox recently collaborated with luthier Xaver Tremel of Franz Bass Guitars to create a revamped version of the company’s Merak bass. The fretless four-string brings together elements of the original model with some specific tailoring to Fox’s style. The Franz Danny Fox Merak 4 is built with a walnut body that is chambered... »

  • Bass of the Week: Willcox Guitars Saber SL

    Bass of the Week: Willcox Guitars Saber SL

    This week we check out the Willcox Saber SL, a bass that is set apart by its innovative Lightwave pickups. Originally built under the LightWave moniker, designer Chris Willcox created a separate guitar company to put out his instruments. Willcox invented the LightWave optical pickup and incorporates it into the Saber SL. “The LightWave Optical... »

  • Bass of the Week: LedBelli Bass Guitars Jonah #015

    Bass of the Week: LedBelli Bass Guitars Jonah #015

    I love checking out new basses that set themselves apart from the pack, and the LedBelli Jonah does just that. The fretless, single-cut, semi-hollow bass is a real eye catcher. The company just shared pictures of the recently completed Jonah #015, which features a stunning book-matched California Redwood burl theme. The bass’s body is semi-hollow... »

  • Bass of the Week: Phantom Guitars XTC

    Bass of the Week: Phantom Guitars XTC

    This week we check out the XTC by Phantom Guitars. Handmade in Cologne, Germany, the XTC brings together elements of several classic basses with a single-coil and humbucker pickup configuration that the company says gives it modern sounds for rock, funk, jazz and pop. The XTC comes in 4-, 5-, and 6-string versions with a... »

  • Bass of the Week: R.Hyde Guitars Soul Machine

    Bass of the Week: R.Hyde Guitars Soul Machine

    This week we check out the R.Hyde Guitars Soul Machine, an instrument Ryan Hyde calls a blend of traditional and modern values. Hyde honed his skills in Ken Smith’s shop before starting his own in Philadelphia. “The Soul Machine is meant to be a work horse instrument of the highest caliber,” he states. “It exudes... »

  • Bass of the Week: SiC Instruments Madness 6-String Fretless

    Bass of the Week: SiC Instruments Madness 6-String Fretless

    We get a lot of great basses shown to us on our Facebook page, but when Italian luthier Simone Calabrese sent a picture of his SiC Instruments Madness 6, I needed more. The combination of its poplar burl top and gorgeous green satin nitro finish makes this bass mesmerizing. Built with neck-through construction, the bass’s... »

  • Bass of the Week: Neubauer Guitars Snow Owl Mazinger Contrabass Guitar

    Bass of the Week: Neubauer Guitars Snow Owl Mazinger Contrabass Guitar

    We interviewed bassist Snow Owl earlier this year, and his playing astounded me. His Neubauer custom six-string bass caught my attention, too, so we’re featuring it as the bass of the week. The Neubauer Guitars Snow Owl Mazinger contrabass guitar is built with neck-through construction featuring a laminated five-piece maple/wenge neck and a wenge fingerboard.... »

  • Bass of the Week: Bootleg Guitars Jazz Box 4

    Bass of the Week: Bootleg Guitars Jazz Box 4

    This week we take a look at a new hollow-body creation from Bootleg Guitars called the Jazz Box 4. Finished in a beautiful translucent green, the bass features a body with maple for its top and back with a Spanish Cedar core. Its neck is a premium grade aged quartersawn Eastern hard rock maple topped... »

  • Bass of the Week: UNICORNbass Ozellman Master

    Bass of the Week: UNICORNbass Ozellman Master

    UNICORNbass is a boutique bass company out of Sweden that’s making some pretty slick instruments. The Ozellman Master is a flexible, performance-driven bass with the added touch of customizable looks. Built with either bolt-on or set-neck construction, the bass features a 7-ply neck of maple and purple heart matched to a bookmatched mahogany body topped... »