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  • Bass of the Week: Lowe Custom Guitars Chromasonic

    Bass of the Week: Lowe Custom Guitars Chromasonic

    Luthier Brad Lowe launched his custom instrument business in 2009 in order to combine his lifelong interests of the musical, visual, and industrial arts. His flagship bass model called the Chromasonic is proof that he’s on the right track. Available in 4- and 5-string versions, the bass is designed with a unique body shape that... »

  • Bass of the Week: James Colby’s Homemade “Glitzy” Bass

    Bass of the Week: James Colby’s Homemade “Glitzy” Bass

    Sometimes if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. We love it when bassists take building their instrument into their own hands, and Jim Colby nailed it with his bass that he calls “Glitzy.” ”‘Glitzy’ came about due to my love of 60’s Fender basses, and a meager paycheck,” the bassist... »

  • Bass of the Week: Paul Belgrado Stringed Instruments Custom AG #1

    Bass of the Week: Paul Belgrado Stringed Instruments Custom AG #1

    This week we check out the Custom AG by Belgian luthier Paul Belgrado. Finished in a root beer color nitrocellulose finish, the bass gives an air of classic ideas with a modern approach. The AG is built with an alder body, maple neck, and madagascar rosewood fingerboard. It gets its meaty sound from a pair... »

  • Bass of the Week: Keybass 3.0

    Bass of the Week: Keybass 3.0

    We love innovative basses, so when Jonathan Dauphinais announced the Keybass 3.0, we were pumped. The instrument is a bass guitar with a keyboard synthesizer mounted to its lower half so that each can be played simultaneously. Dauphinais first started experimenting in 2007. This is the third model of his concept, which was completely custom... »

  • Bass of the Week: Jack Casady’s Ribbecke Guitars “Diana” Bass

    Bass of the Week: Jack Casady’s Ribbecke Guitars “Diana” Bass

    The best basses come together through a mixture of inspiration, art, and technology. This week we check out a one-of-a-kind instrument that was born of all three ingredients: the Diana Bass by Ribbecke Guitars. In late 2012, bass legend Jack Casady lost his wife Diana after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Casady pondered ways he... »

  • Bass of the Week: Lieber Guitars Spellbinder 2001

    Bass of the Week: Lieber Guitars Spellbinder 2001

    Stanley Clarke has not only pushed the way people play the bass, he’s helped to push the way people build the bass. The legendary player is known for experimenting with new concepts in bass designs ranging from body materials, electronics, and tunings. In 1979, Clarke commissioned luthier Thomas Lieber to build an all composite bass.... »

  • Bass of the Week: Omy Guitars CM6 Headless

    Bass of the Week: Omy Guitars CM6 Headless

    This week we check out a gorgeous CM6 by Omy Guitars. Built in Turkey, this particular bass features a headless, 33″ scale design that finished in a blue burst satin finish that makes its figured maple top really pop. Its alder body is matched with a three-piece male and walnut neck with two way truss... »

  • Bass of the Week: Tony Cochran Mercy Bass

    Bass of the Week: Tony Cochran Mercy Bass

    I love instruments that get stylistically creative, and Tony Cochran has a knack for making them. Cochran, who is also the syndicated cartoonist of the comic strip Agnes, has a habit of taking neglected guitars and basses and giving them a new life. “I [find] them on Craigslist, at garage sales, and hidden in closets.... »

  • Bass of the Week: HJC Customs Alchemy Fretless 5

    Bass of the Week: HJC Customs Alchemy Fretless 5

    Back at the Winter NAMM show this year, we ran into our friend Vuyani Wakaba roaming the floor with a smile from ear to ear. He was overjoyed by his new HJC Customs Fretless Alchemy 5, which is this week’s Bass of the Week. Wakaba teamed up with luthier Harold J. Cagle for the custom... »

  • Bass of the Week: Oliver Lang Instruments Limes “Erik”

    Bass of the Week: Oliver Lang Instruments Limes “Erik”

    This week we check out the Limes bass, a unique singlecut design that’s handmade by Oliver Lang Instruments. The series came as a collaboration between Lang and his customer Michael after meeting at a fretless workshop. Together they created the first of the Limes series, dubbed the “Erik,” which features a five-piece maple and walnut... »