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  • Bass of the Week: Blasius Bali Fretless 4-String

    Bass of the Week: Blasius Bali Fretless 4-String

    Hungarian boutique bass shop Blasius designed their Bali model for players who prefer a more classical sounding instrument. Knowing versatility is key, they also included electronics to give it the ability to sound modern, too. Here’s a gorgeous fretless 4-string version of the Bali, built with an 8-piece body of ash, maple and walnut. The... »

  • Bass of the Week: Hofner 500/1 Vintage 1963 Violin Bass

    Bass of the Week: Hofner 500/1 Vintage 1963 Violin Bass

    In 1955, Walter Hofner came up with the idea to make a short scale bass guitar with a violin-shaped hollow body. The idea came to life the next year at the Frankfurt trade show and made its rounds, eventually landing in the hands of Beatles member Paul McCartney, who had to switch from guitar to... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Zakrzewski Exclusive

    Bass of the Week: Zakrzewski Exclusive

    Polish luthier Piotr Zakrzewski has some pretty great bass designs, including his Exclusive model. The mid-range of his three basic basses, the Exclusive is a double-cut bass with the lower horn being significantly deeper to provide easy access to the very end of the fingerboard. The Exclusive EX1 01 really caught my eye with its... »

  • Bass of the Week: Fodera Buckeye Burl Yin Yang Imperial 6 Elite

    Bass of the Week: Fodera Buckeye Burl Yin Yang Imperial 6 Elite

    I get to check out tons of basses every day, but when Anthony Wellington posted the details of his new Fodera my jaw hit the floor. The latest in the renowned bass educator’s collection is a Buckeye Burl Yin Yang Imperial 6 Elite from the New York boutique shop, who stated it’s the “most complex... »

  • Bass of the Week: Aries Basses Senes Custom Bass

    Bass of the Week: Aries Basses Senes Custom Bass

    Aries Basses is a custom shop producing some pretty incredible instruments out of Varazdin, Croatia, including their Senes bass model. The Senes bass sports a singlecut design with a unique hole in the upper horn, offering a distinct look. The bass is completely custom, and can be built with a variety of top woods. Standard... »

  • Bass of the Week: Surine Basses Regency 8-String “Rainbow”

    Bass of the Week: Surine Basses Regency 8-String “Rainbow”

    Surine Basses decided to go all out on their Regency model with this “Rainbow” 8-string bass. The hollow-body bass has a stunning 32-strip laminate top and matching headstock with a variety of exotic woods. Equally impressive is the 7-piece thru neck made of rock maple and purple heart, which is topped by an ebony fingerboard.... »

  • Bass of the Week: Delgado Bass

    Bass of the Week: Delgado Bass

    This week we take a look at a unique bass made by Delgado Guitars out of Nashville, Tennessee. Proprietor Manuel Delgado is a third-generation luthier with specialties in acoustic instruments, and the Delgado Bass is no exception. The acoustic-electric bass has a hollow-body with about 2˝ in depth and a 34˝ scale. Though a variety... »

  • Bass of the Week: GMR Bassforce NT

    Bass of the Week: GMR Bassforce NT

    While checking out different luthiers’ websites, I came across the GMR Bassforce NT: a neck-through version of their flagship model. Based out of the UK, GMR’s Bassforce is proof of their constant work. “The shape is seen on Bassforce is a case of evolution of early models which started coming out from the workshop nearly... »

  • Bass of the Week: Hot Wire Bass Inlaw 521 BO

    Bass of the Week: Hot Wire Bass Inlaw 521 BO

    German bass company Hot Wire produced a super cool version of their Inlaw 521 BO model with a stunning quilted maple top and matching pickup covers. The “zebra” effect is attained by using a lighter quilted maple and a dark quilted maple to create a sharp contrast. The Inlaw comes in several versions, but the... »

  • Bass of the Week: LeCompte Electric Bass’ Prototype 1.5

    Bass of the Week: LeCompte Electric Bass’ Prototype 1.5

    Texas-based luthier Bud LeCompte has lots of cool designs on his website, but his Prototype 1.5 (aka PT 1.5) really caught our eye. With one foot rooted in the past and one stepping forward, the cool singlecut body shape has LeCompte’s unique style written all over it. “I like a lot of the traditional instruments,... »