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  • Bass of the Week: Brown’s Guitar Factory Fretted/Less Bass

    Bass of the Week: Brown’s Guitar Factory Fretted/Less Bass

    Fretted, fretless, or both? Based out of Minnesota, Brown’s Guitar Factory has a unique take on electric bass with their Fretted/Less models. The design allows for half of the fingerboard to be fretted while the second half has a raised fretless section, which is elevated to the height of the fretted section to keep its... »

  • Bass of the Week: CB Basses D-Bass 4-String

    Bass of the Week: CB Basses D-Bass 4-String

    This week we take a look at the D-bass by CB Basses, a custom shop run by luthier Cliff Bordwell. Featuring a Jazz style neck and pickups, the bass is an exquisite example of craftsmanship with its diverse mix of exotic woods. The body is built around a Spanish Cedar core with an Amboyna burl... »

  • Bass of the Week: Reverend Decision

    Bass of the Week: Reverend Decision

    Mixing retro and modern, Reverend’s Decision bass is their take on the “P/J” style, with the company’s Split Brick pickup in the neck position and their J-Rails in the bridge position. The pickups are blended with a Pan knob, which Reverend says let you go from “funk to thump and all points in between.” The... »

  • Bass of the Week: Laurus T900-XR

    Bass of the Week: Laurus T900-XR

    This week we’re taking a look at the Laurus Quasar T900-XR, a bass that takes a step away from the norm without losing its style and sensibility. Hand-made in Italy, the T900-XR is available in 4, 5, and 6-string models as well as fretted or fretless. One of the bass’s most identifiable features is it’s... »

  • Bass of the Week: Wood & Tronics Chronos

    Bass of the Week: Wood & Tronics Chronos

    Hand made in Italy, the Wood & Tronics Chronos is the company’s take on the single cut design, and a great one at that. Wood and Tronics was founded by Enrico Pasini and luthier Erik Furlan after Pasini, who was a frequent visitor and admirer of the Fodera Guitars shop, decided to follow his dream... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Bootleg Guitars Dawg

    Bass of the Week: Bootleg Guitars Dawg

    Described as a “down and dirty,” no-frills bass, the Bootleg Guitars Dawg 4 bass gets its name from the Cleveland Browns’ Dawg Pound of which we assume luthier Jon Hill is a member. Hill, who is based in Cleveland, explains he designed the bass for the working musician. The 4-string version of the Dawg has... »

  • 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... »