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  • Bass of the Week: Scopel P-Board Bass

    Bass of the Week: Scopel P-Board Bass

    I love it when luthiers think outside the box with the woods they use for their instruments. A recent trend has been to recycle old skateboards to create instant mojo, and Brazilian bass builder Antonio Cesar Scopel nailed it with his P-Board bass. Inspired by the Fender Precisions from 1951 to 1957, the P-Board’s body... »

  • Bass of the Week: Zon Guitars Zemi Acoustik Bass

    Bass of the Week: Zon Guitars Zemi Acoustik Bass

    Meshuggah’s Dick Lovgren has gotten a crazy new bass from Zon Guitars, and it’s our bass of the week. The one-of-a-kind Zemi Acoustik is based on Zon’s Sonus body style but has a thicker, hollow mahogany body with a stunning flame maple top. Its set neck is made of a composite, while the phenowood fingerboard... »

  • Bass of the Week: Cunningham Bass & Guitarz RLJ-5 Splendour Jazz Bass

    Bass of the Week: Cunningham Bass & Guitarz RLJ-5 Splendour Jazz Bass

    Jamaica-born, Australia-based luthier Dwight Cunningham creates some stunning basses, including this gorgeous RLJ-5 Splendour Jazz Bass. The semi-hollow bass features a myrtle and alder body loaded with a Nordstrand Bigman pickup in the bridge position with a split coil in the neck position. Its seven-piece neck is crafted from Myrtle, Indian Rosewood, Maple and Mahogany.... »

  • Bass of the Week: D’ARCO Shakti 5-String Bass

    Bass of the Week: D’ARCO Shakti 5-String Bass

    This week we’re checking out the D’ARCO Shakti 5-string bass by French Luthier Clément D’Arco. The striking bass has a host of beautiful, exotic woods to create a rich visual appeal. Its body is crafted from lacewood, purpleheart, wenge, and flamed maple while the 13-piece neck is made of flamed maple, wenge and a bubinga/wenge... »

  • Bass of the Week: Barton Basses 11-String Fretless Harpbass

    Bass of the Week: Barton Basses 11-String Fretless Harpbass

    Barton Applewhite of Barton Basses sent this in for us to check out and it stopped me in my tracks. This monstrous 11-string fretless Harpbass includes a four regular bass strings plus seven standalone harp strings. “[The bass is] constructed of swamp ash [and] a flame maple neck through with a cocobolo top,” the luthier... »

  • Bass of the Week: Höfner Guitars Gold Label Paisley 500/2 Club Bass

    Bass of the Week: Höfner Guitars Gold Label Paisley 500/2 Club Bass

    Höfner’s Gold Label series gives the company a chance to make limited runs of special designs created by their master luthiers in Hagenau, Germany. This week we’re checking out a version of their 500/2 Club bass that’s finished in a retro, 60’s paisley top. “Introduced in 1964 the Club bass has for many years only... »

  • Bass of the Week: Ploughman Guitars Semi-Hollow Bass

    Bass of the Week: Ploughman Guitars Semi-Hollow Bass

    This week we’re checking out another beautiful instrument by Serbia’s Ploughman Guitars. Their take on a semi-hollow body bass is crafted with a one-piece Sipo body that topped with book-matched, hand-carved, Bosnian maple. Its five-piece maple and mahogany neck is topped with a wenge fingerboard adorned with mother of pearl block inlays. The hardware includes... »

  • Bass of the Week: Bacce Guitars Bold X-Bird 4

    Bass of the Week: Bacce Guitars Bold X-Bird 4

    This week we’re checking out the Bacce Guitars Bold X-Bird 4, built by Spanish luthier Daniel Cabezas. Featuring a distinct body shape, the bass is built with lots of beautiful woods for an amazing look. Cabezas crafted the instrument with a swamp ash body topped with a premium flamed maple top. It has a black... »

  • Bass of the Week: Versoul Swan 8

    Bass of the Week: Versoul Swan 8

    It’s not often you see an 8-string fretless, but this one takes the cake. This week we’re checking out the Swan 8 by Finland’s Versoul, which the company describes as having traditional looks with an innovative body construction. “Solid Finnish Aspen flat top on solid Alder sides, a flat back and the long scale neck... »

  • Bass of the Week: Bassart Guitars Phönix

    Bass of the Week: Bassart Guitars Phönix

    The Bassart Guitars Phönix is a handmade bass from Braunschweig, Germany created by master luthier Matthias Meyer. This week we’re checking out a Phönix (German for Phoenix) in a dazzling blue sparkle finish. It’s built with a curly maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, and an alder body, although the model can also be built with a... »