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  • Bass of the Week: Stambaugh Designs 6-String Custom Inlayed Bass

    Bass of the Week: Stambaugh Designs 6-String Custom Inlayed Bass

    Chris Stambaugh of Stambaugh Designs posts a “Build of the Month” on his website to show his best work of the month, and it’s incredible to see the range of styles he produces. This week, we check out a custom six-string design he featured in November 2012, with a dramatic fingerboard inlay and breath-taking body... »

  • Bass of the Week: o3 Guitars Rhodium Purplehaze

    Bass of the Week: o3 Guitars Rhodium Purplehaze

    This week we take a look at another eye-catching bass from o3 Custom Guitars called the Rhodium. The Spanish-made bass is also called the Purplehaze due to its gorgeous purple satin finish over its ash body. Its neck is a five-piece laminate comprised of flamed maple and wenge with a pau ferro toneblock. The bass... »

  • Bass of the Week: MBJ Guitars Nutsy Bass

    Bass of the Week: MBJ Guitars Nutsy Bass

    Joe Kruse has spent the past eight years working with Carl Thompson and two more years in Roger Sadowsky’s shop. Now he’s striking out on his own with MBJ Guitars, which focuses on unique short-scale designs and killer wood combinations. The luthier gave us the rundown on his Nutsy bass, which is our bass of... »

  • Bass of the Week: New York Bass Works Cremona 5

    Bass of the Week: New York Bass Works Cremona 5

    This week we check out a custom Cremona 5 by New York Bass Works. Built by luthier David Segal for bassist Sean Joynes, the instrument is based around a rare wood from central Africa called Moabi. Joynes gave us the scoop: “This new Cremona 5 bass is made of Red Alder with a Moabi Pommele... »

  • Bass of the Week: Brutal Guitars Egregore 5

    Bass of the Week: Brutal Guitars Egregore 5

    Vitaly Ganya sent us a note suggesting we check out the Brutal Guitars Egregore 5, and I’m glad he did. The instrument is the first bass by Latvian luthier Andrew Schultz and was made in collaboration with Ganya for his band avant-garde band Theatrum. Ganya gave us the whole scoop: “The body of this five... »

  • Bass of the Week: Bilodeau Basses #010

    Bass of the Week: Bilodeau Basses #010

    Bass #010 is a landmark instrument for Bilodeau Basses. Completed in 2011, the intricately designed bass was the culmination of years of work and the last before luthier Mathieu Bilodeau took a break from building to focus on his family. “I managed to complete his instrument in fall 2011 which represent the last bass before... »

  • Bass of the Week: Prometeus Guitars Kirlian 8

    Bass of the Week: Prometeus Guitars Kirlian 8

    Prometeus Guitars has a way with creating interesting body shapes that still function well. They also have a knack for extended range basses. Both of those features are showcased on their Kirlian 8, a multi-scale eight-string bass that will stop you in your tracks. The Prometeus is built around a padouk neck and wenge fingerboard... »

  • Bass of the Week: Ruokangas Steambass Deluxe

    Bass of the Week: Ruokangas Steambass Deluxe

    This week we check out the Ruokangas Steambass Deluxe, a specialized version of the company’s flagship bass model. Hand-made in Finland, the bass is set apart by a 2-piece Spanish cedar body with a thermo treated arctic birch top. Its rock maple neck is also topped with a thermo treated Indian rosewood fingerboard. “From the... »

  • Bass of the Week: Lorita Basses Miki Santamaria Signature Bass

    Bass of the Week: Lorita Basses Miki Santamaria Signature Bass

    Miki Santamaria is a favorite here at No Treble headquarters – and among readers too – so I was excited to check out his signature bass from Lorita Basses. Designed by the bassist and built by luthier Xavier Lorita in Barcelona, its striking design includes a maple theme with a flamed maple top over a... »

  • Bass of the Week: Anastasio Fasanaro Contrabasso

    Bass of the Week: Anastasio Fasanaro Contrabasso

    This week we take a look at Italian luthier Anastasio Fasanaro’s Contrabasso model, but this is no ordinary double bass. The unique 1/4 size bass features low profile sides for a slim body and a highly figured, bookmatched curly Italian poplar top. Fasanaro gave it a dark finish for a smoky, elegant aesthetic. The Contrabasso... »