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  • Bass of the Week: Marleaux Diva

    Bass of the Week: Marleaux Diva

    Gerald Marleaux’s artistic flair really shines through in his Diva model, a fretless bass with an avant-garde body shape and three-octave rosewood fingerboard. Designed to have an acoustic resonance reminiscent of an upright bass, the neck-through bass is built with a three-piece padauk neck with a custom choice of woods for the body wings and... »

  • Bass of the Week: Chillbass Pantera

    Bass of the Week: Chillbass Pantera

    This week we take a look at Chillbass Guitars’ Pantera, a sleek fretless bass that takes its cues from minimalism. The bass has a medium, 32″ scale, which the French bass builder explains lowers the string tension and ultimately aids upper register tones, playability, and adds to a “fat low end.” The Pantera has a... »

  • Bass of the Week: JanAid Guitars’ Bob Abbott Yolanda 5

    Bass of the Week: JanAid Guitars’ Bob Abbott Yolanda 5

    Named after a butterfly found in southern Spain, the JanAid Yolanda 5 bass draws inspiration from nature. This week, we check out the latest incarnation of the bass, which is also a signature model for Baltimore-based player Bob Abbott. The Yolanda 5 was built with a variety of woods, utilizing their “defects” to create a... »

  • Bass of the Week: Jerzy Drozd Barcelona

    Bass of the Week: Jerzy Drozd Barcelona

    Luthier Jerzy Drozd’s Barcelona design was made in collaboration with famed flamenco bassist Carles Benavent, who spent time playing with Paco de Lucia, Chick Corea and Miles Davis. The bass, named after the city they both live in, is built after Benavent’s unique playing style. “With the help of Carles, I tried to design the... »

  • Bass of the Week: Bas-Extravaganza Fluffy

    Bass of the Week: Bas-Extravaganza Fluffy

    While this bass may conjure images of ZZ Top, the idea for the Bas-Extravaganza Fluffy actually came to proprietor Bas Wittenberg on a trip through IKEA. The luthier saw a rug and immediately decided to put it to use as a “finish.” “This is a real party bass,” he writes. “Women love it, and men... »

  • Bass of the Week: Maruszczyk Instruments Frog Omega Europe 5

    Bass of the Week: Maruszczyk Instruments Frog Omega Europe 5

    This week we take a look at the Frog Omega Europe 5 bass from Maruszczyk Instruments, a custom instrument designed on the company’s Frog series. Built on an alder body, the bass a quilted maple theme, with the figured wood being used for the top, fingerboard, headstock, and pickup covers. The set-in neck is made... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Mayones Elegance 5 Paper

    Bass of the Week: Mayones Elegance 5 Paper

    Some basses are a piece of history, and then some are made from pieces of history. As part of their Master Builder Collection, Polish company Mayones unveiled the Elegance 5 Paper, a limited edition 5-stringer covered with reprints of newspapers, some dating back 100 years. The clippings are from all over the world: Poland, the... »

  • Bass of the Week: Spalt Instruments vViper

    Bass of the Week: Spalt Instruments vViper

    This week we look at the Spalt Instruments vViper, a custom built bass with a unique pickup design that pivots. The idea for the “wiper” arm pickup is the brainchild of proprietor Michael Spalt, a luthier who started building after studying film, photography and painting in San Francisco. After consulting on it with Bill Bartolini,... »

  • Bass of the Week: Ritter Royal Flora Aurum

    Bass of the Week: Ritter Royal Flora Aurum

    Based out of Deidesheim, Germany, Jens Ritter is an electric bass luthier known for his artistic flair and luxurious basses. In addition to his exceptional line of basses is the Ritter Royal collection, which are set apart due to a “unique feature or an exceptional design history aspect of Jens Ritter’s career as a luthier.”... »

  • Bass of the Week: Alusonic S-Special Aluminum Bass

    Bass of the Week: Alusonic S-Special Aluminum Bass

    Alusonic takes metal bass to a new level – the Italian bass builders make their instruments out of aluminum, citing characteristic and environmental reasons. The special Anticorodal and Ergal alloys that they use are naturally light, rigid and produce a balanced, fat sound while Aluminum is completely recyclable, making it more eco-friendly. On top of... »