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  • 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... »

  • Bass of the Week: Mayones Prestige Classic

    Bass of the Week: Mayones Prestige Classic

    This week we check out the Mayones Prestige Classic, a bass the company calls “a tempting luxurious instrument for connoisseurs with clear yet rich tone of modern Nordstrand Fat Stack pickups.” The bass, which comes in 4-, 5-, and 6-string versions, features neck-thru construction with several layers of wood. The body wings have an ash... »

  • Bass of the Week: Amazon Custom Bass Imperial 5

    Bass of the Week: Amazon Custom Bass Imperial 5

    This week we take a look at the Imperial 5 by Brazilian bass shop Amazon Custom Basses. The beautiful singlecut bass is built with a mahogany body topped with piopo. Its five-piece neck is fitted with a maple fingerboard and bound with ivory. Electronics on the bass include a pair of EMG 45DC pickups matched... »

  • Bass of the Week: Martin Keith Guitars Elfin Hollowbody

    Bass of the Week: Martin Keith Guitars Elfin Hollowbody

    Martin Keith took on the singlecut body design with his Elfin model, and this week we take a look at its hollowbody version. The five-string bass is built entirely like an acoustic instrument with functionality for electric players. The Elfin’s body, which measures 14 inches wide and 3 inches deep, is built with maple sides... »

  • Bass of the Week: Salzmann Virutero NT

    Bass of the Week: Salzmann Virutero NT

    This week we’re getting a taste of Argentina with the Virutero NT by luthier Leandro Salzmann. Made in Buenos Aires, Salzmann’s Virutero model shows the bass builder has a strong grasp of creating an organic instrument that features exotic species of woods. The Virutero NT is a neck-thru bass that features a five-piece maple and... »