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  • Bass of the Week: Joe Goldsmith Fretless Singlecut Bass

    Bass of the Week: Joe Goldsmith Fretless Singlecut Bass

    We’re featuring another incredible bass made by an amateur builder this week. Bassist Joe Goldsmith sent us some pictures of a stunning singlecut bass he built to suit his style. The eighteen-year-old, who mainly plays double bass, decided to make something that would make him feel more at home on an electric. “As a double... »

  • Bass of the Week: Matteo Marziali “The Bad” Bass

    Bass of the Week: Matteo Marziali “The Bad” Bass

    This week we’re checking out an awesome instrument built by Italian amateur bass builder Matteo Marziali, who started building basses after being inspired by the work of Carl Thompson. His latest creation, which he dubbed “The Bad” bass, brings has a dark theme that draws on the work of several of his favorite luthiers. “I... »

  • Bass of the Week: RG Custom Basses Pathos

    Bass of the Week: RG Custom Basses Pathos

    Bassist Sam Battaglino shared some details of his new RG Custom Basses Pathos on a Facebook group called Best Boutique Basses, and it stopped me in my tracks. The left-handed bass features a neck-through design with solid spalted Ambrosia maple body wings that give it a raw, organic, and yet refined aesthetic. Its five-piece neck... »

  • Bass of the Week: Fodera Flame Koa Monarch 4 Elite “#4000”

    Bass of the Week: Fodera Flame Koa Monarch 4 Elite “#4000”

    It’s always good to look back at your work when you hit a milestone, but Fodera does it with style. They recently completed a special Flame Koa Monarch 4 Elite that they’ve dubbed Fodera #4,000, and it’s a beauty. “Our Monarch design was our very first bass design and the second instrument that we ever... »

  • Bass of the Week: Vinciguerra Custom Shop BAJ Signature 6

    Bass of the Week: Vinciguerra Custom Shop BAJ Signature 6

    Bass builder Mark Vinciguerra recently posted photos of a recently completed BAJ Signature six-string bass and it stopped me in my tracks. The model, designed with bassist Brent-Anthony Jackson, comes with plenty of options, but this one seems just right. It features a black limba body topped with a stunning maple burl in a natural... »

  • Bass of the Week: 3G Handmade Instruments Sniper Bass

    Bass of the Week: 3G Handmade Instruments Sniper Bass

    This week we’re taking a look at the Sniper bass by 3G Handmade Instruments. Made in Italy, the bass was designed for portability while keeping a full size bass experience. “[The] Sniper Bass was born to solve transport problems due to the electric bass pack size while maintaining the traditional scale and balance of a... »

  • Bass of the Week: Nick Lloyd Basses 3/4 Lloyd Standard Model

    Bass of the Week: Nick Lloyd Basses 3/4 Lloyd Standard Model

    There’s something uniquely beautiful about the double bass, and Nick Lloyd knows how to accentuate it. This week we check out his 3/4 Lloyd Standard Model featuring gorgeous woods and interesting twist. The bass’s design includes walnut back and sides with a classic flatback. “Previously I came across some beautiful, centuries-old Italian basses made from... »

  • Bass of the Week: Modified Rickenbacker 4001 Piccolo Sitar Bass

    Bass of the Week: Modified Rickenbacker 4001 Piccolo Sitar Bass

    And now for something completely different. We recently featured a video by Indian music enthusiast and seven-string bassist Jason Everett. While a seven-string may be outlandish to some, he sent me some info on a special bass he modded to fill another role for his style. After being inspired by John McLaughlin’s guitar work with... »

  • Bass of the Week: Kristall Basses Home

    Bass of the Week: Kristall Basses Home

    This week we’re checking out the Kristall Basses Home, a bass the German company says makes you feel like coming home at first contact. Kristall writes that each bass is made to order, but they start with “tonewoods, hardware, pickups and electronics [that] are basically ‘traditional’ and [give] direct access to proven sounds and more.”... »

  • Bass of the Week: Rob Allen Deep 4/5

    Bass of the Week: Rob Allen Deep 4/5

    Bass builder Rob Allen has a way with creating clean designs that are very playable pieces of art. Our bass of the week is the luthier’s Deep model, a semi-hollow body bass available in four and five-string models that features a classic f-hole. “The body starts out with 3″ thick alder stock and is surfaced... »