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  • Bass of the Week: Doner Designs Navy Bass

    Bass of the Week: Doner Designs Navy Bass

    This week we check out an incredible project led by the good folks at Doner Designs, a father and son team that pieces together themed instruments to donate to charity. Steve and Richard Doner started playing bass and guitar, respectively, in 2008 as a bonding experience that grew into tinkering with upgrades and modifications. Now... »

  • Bass of the Week: Matteo Rufini Precision IV Custom Vintage Series

    Bass of the Week: Matteo Rufini Precision IV Custom Vintage Series

    A few months ago, Jordan Brown sent us some pictures of a bass he was having made. I knew even before it was finished that it was going to be a killer bass, and it looks like I was right. Brown, who is an active player in London, reached out to Italian luthier Matteo Rufini... »

  • Bass of the Week: Black Beard Guitars Fahrenheit 4:51 II

    Bass of the Week: Black Beard Guitars Fahrenheit 4:51 II

    This week we check out a stunning bass by Italian company Black Beard Guitars called the Fahrenheit 4:51 II. Inspired by the Fender ’51 Precision bass, Black Beard calls this “the first electric bass… revisited.” Its pine body is finished in a roasted semi-gloss and adorned with a an aluminum pickguard that etched with floral... »

  • Bass of the Week: Beardly Customs Rainbow Bass

    Bass of the Week: Beardly Customs Rainbow Bass

    Beardly Customs luthier Rick Link sent us this example of his take on a rainbow style bass, and it looks like he knocked it out of the park. The bass is centered around its body, which has thirty separate pieces of wood to give a rainbow-like effect. Link used rosewood, purpleheart, wenge, flamed maple, redwood... »

  • Bass of the Week: Epiphone Allen Woody Rumblekat

    Bass of the Week: Epiphone Allen Woody Rumblekat

    Allen Woody wasn’t just a phenomenal bass player, he was an avid collector of vintage basses. The bassist – who laid down the low end for The Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule – owned over 450 basses before his untimely passing in 2000. Before he passed away, he worked with Epiphone on what would become... »

  • Bass of the Week: Scott Guitar Works SB-2

    Bass of the Week: Scott Guitar Works SB-2

    This week we check out the SB-2 by Scott Guitar Works of Louisville, Kentucky. The bass is built to order and has a plethora of options, but its central point is its unique body shape. Scott shaves down to a minimalist design with a short lower horn and thinner, longer upper horn while keeping it... »

  • Bass of the Week: M-Tone Guitars Boki

    Bass of the Week: M-Tone Guitars Boki

    M-Tone Guitars made their first bass earlier this year, and by the looks of it, they got it right the first time. The M-Tone Boki is a custom bass that was hand-built in Portland, Oregon with a “super light” one-piece swamp ash body finished in a gorgeous floral paint job. Its motif is carried over... »

  • Bass of the Week: Whitt Guitars 5-String Fretless Archtop Acoustic Bass

    Bass of the Week: Whitt Guitars 5-String Fretless Archtop Acoustic Bass

    My friend Gil sent me a heads up for this week’s featured bass, and I’m glad he did. This intriguing instrument is a one-of-a-kind acoustic fretless 5-string bass built by Daniel Whitt of Whitt Guitars. “At Whitt guitars, I build guitars that inspire creativity, capture the imagination and throw everything for a loop,” the bass... »

  • Bass of the Week: Marleaux Consat Signature

    Bass of the Week: Marleaux Consat Signature

    Gerald Marleaux is a world-class bass luthier based in Clauthal-Zellerfeld, Germany. His designs bring together the highest degrees of form and function into 4-, 5-, and 6-string basses. Today we check out Marleaux’s Consat Signature, the luxury version of his flagship Consat model. Standard features include a 3- or 5-piece birdseye maple neck with wenge... »

  • Bass of the Week: Soame Custom Guitars PJ435

    Bass of the Week: Soame Custom Guitars PJ435

    Sometimes you see photos of a bass posted on Facebook, and you just have to stop to check it out. This gorgeous Soame Custom Guitars PJ435 bass was one of those for me. Handmade in Argentina, the bass features a Northern ash body and a bookmatched flamed maple top that really pops thanks to a... »