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  • Bass of the Week: Stellart Guitars Nemesis

    Bass of the Week: Stellart Guitars Nemesis

    Bass builder Stephan Mongeon sent me some photos of his latest build and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. The Stellart Guitars Nemesis is a six-string neck-through semi-hollow fretless bass. Judging by these pictures, it’s a work of art, too. Mongeon builds basses with his wife, Ella, in Quebec where they’ve... »

  • Bass of the Week: Roks Instruments Microtonal Futura

    Bass of the Week: Roks Instruments Microtonal Futura

    We’ve featured some gorgeous basses from Roks Instruments before, but this one comes with a twist. Luthier Axel Roks collaborated with bassist Sanne Verbogt to create a stunning microtonal bass. “Sanne started to see structure in music at the beginning of her conservatory study, which eventually led to her own music theory method: SV Method,”... »

  • Bass of the Week: Bonobo Guitars Double Neck Headless Bass

    Bass of the Week: Bonobo Guitars Double Neck Headless Bass

    As I’ve said many timed before, Facebook is a great tool for discovering awesome instruments. I saw bassist Roey Haviv’s quick demo of his new double-neck headless bass from Bonobo Guitars while scrolling through my feed and my jaw dropped. With one fretless neck and one fretted neck, the bass is made for versatility. It’s... »

  • Bass of the Week: Hannah Mayne Gamba Bass

    Bass of the Week: Hannah Mayne Gamba Bass

    I love the elegance of the double bass, especially this gorgeous Gamba model built by Hannah Mayne. Inspired by an 18th-century Italian bass, it’s crafted with Bosnian maple for the back, sides, and neck with an Engelmann spruce top. “I modified the original outline of the bass, along with the dimensions, making it my own... »

  • Bass of the Week: Alpher Instruments Mako Elite Thinline 5-String

    Bass of the Week: Alpher Instruments Mako Elite Thinline 5-String

    This week we’re checking out another gorgeous bass from Alpher Instruments. This Mako Elite Thinline 5-String immediately caught my attention on Facebook for its incredible purple “crazy burl” top and slick shape. The 34-inch scale bass is built with a book matched, flamed maple body matched to an Indian rosewood neck and African blackwood fingerboard.... »

  • Bass of the Week: Simnett Guitars 5-String Fretless

    Bass of the Week: Simnett Guitars 5-String Fretless

    Jon from Simnett Guitars shot us an email with his latest build, and it’s a beauty. This five-string fretless has some gorgeous features that the luthier put serious time and effort into. “It’s a 33-inch scale (tuned E-C) ‘piezo-only’ fretless. The Black Limba body is chambered and has a spalted Hornbeam top,” he explains. “There’s... »

  • Bass of the Week: AJR Guitarmods Piccolo Bass

    Bass of the Week: AJR Guitarmods Piccolo Bass

    Last year we featured a gorgeous singlecut bass from AJR Guitarmods that wowed readers. Now, builder Andy Rogers has finished a new instrument in a different direction: a semi-hollow piccolo bass. The elegant model was built for his band’s bassist, Pete. “Pete wanted a bass that he could practice with, and sort new riffs out,... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Anaconda Basses Tribute J5E – Elite

    Bass of the Week: Anaconda Basses Tribute J5E – Elite

    This week we’re taking a look at a beautiful model by the UK’s Anaconda Basses. This particular Anaconda Tribute J5E Elite was built for Joe Sam, a pro bass player from London, with a special twist. “He’s an avid Prince fan and wanted a bass which had certain design cues to pay tribute to the... »

  • Bass of the Week: LowDown Bass Guitars Special Custom Series 4F Fretless

    Bass of the Week: LowDown Bass Guitars Special Custom Series 4F Fretless

    Wandering around the halls at the NAMM Show is great for finding unique instruments. While browsing Hall E this year I saw this killer four-string fretless built by Tim Seisser of LowDown Bass Guitars. With all the interesting body work and the stunning fingerboard, I had to find out more. “This bass started as an... »

  • Bass of the Week: Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4 HH

    Bass of the Week: Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4 HH

    This week we’re checking out the Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4 HH, a bass they describe as “well balanced, comfortable, resonant and expressive with effortless playability.” The Bongo was introduced in 2003 with a modern double cutaway body design that complements the flagship StingRay model. It’s built with a basswood body in six color... »