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  • Bass of the Week: Gretsch G6199 Billy-Bo Bass

    Bass of the Week: Gretsch G6199 Billy-Bo Bass

    This week we’re checking out a hip Gretsch bass that had its start as a blues guitar. The Gretsch G6199 Billy-Bo Bass is a four-string version of the company’s recreation of Bo Diddley’s classic Jupiter Thunderbird guitar he designed in 1959. When he gifted it to Billy Gibbons, the ZZ Top frontman didn’t dare to... »

  • Bass of the Week: Fast Guitars Intrepid

    Bass of the Week: Fast Guitars Intrepid

    This week we’re checking out the Intrepid bass from Fast Guitars. Available in four-, five-, or six-string versions, the model features a lightweight chambered body with a long-tenon neck joint. “Our neck joints are as tight and precise as any other type of neck joint. With a tapered tenon, the string tension will only tighten... »

  • Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette Five-String Bolt-On Bass

    Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette Five-String Bolt-On Bass

    Back in May we shared an incredible bass by Frederiek de Vette. Shockingly, it was her first ever build. Now she’s followed up with her second bass that looks just as stunning. We’ll let her tell you the story: “For this build, my second, I decided on a five string fretted bass with a bolt-on... »

  • Bass of the Week: Safran Basses Iris Acoustic Archtop Bass

    Bass of the Week: Safran Basses Iris Acoustic Archtop Bass

    This week we’re checking out an incredible acoustic bass guitar by Safran Basses called Iris. Hand built by luthier Umut Dal, the bass was dreamed up to bring the best of upright and electric together. “The idea behind my archtop acoustic bass Iris is to close the gap in between electric and double bass,” Dal... »

  • Bass of the Week: Adamovic Private Collection King Solomon Bass

    Bass of the Week: Adamovic Private Collection King Solomon Bass

    Adamovic has some of the most incredible basses, so it’s no wonder their Private Collection has some of the most incredible basses ever built. This week we’re checking out their King Solomon that started the series. “With the first private collection bass we wanted to use one of our favorite woods: Solomon padouk,” Adamovic explains.... »

  • Bass of the Week: Marc Chicoine Dominic “Forest” Lapointe 6-String Bass

    Bass of the Week: Marc Chicoine Dominic “Forest” Lapointe 6-String Bass

    I’m always astounded by the bass work of Dominic “Forest” Lapointe. His refined technique and raw emotion always come through in his bass lines. I’m also stunned by his basses, which is why this week we’re checking out his six-string left-handed signature bass built by luthier Marc Chicoine. Based around Quebec, Chicoine has been building... »

  • Bass of the Week: Fodera Zebrawood AJ Contrabass Shape 12 Elite

    Bass of the Week: Fodera Zebrawood AJ Contrabass Shape 12 Elite

    This week we’re checking out a very unique Fodera. This Zebrawood AJ Contrabass Shape 12 Elite is a 12-string fretless built specially for bassist Steuart Liebig. Featuring the “AJ Contrabass” body shape, the instrument is built with a mahogany body with a Flame Maple tone block and zebrawood top. The neck is a five-piece laminate... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Emiliano Bernal Acoustic/Electric Custom 6-String Bass

    Bass of the Week: Emiliano Bernal Acoustic/Electric Custom 6-String Bass

    Bassist Lucas Gonzalez Yancamil shared his incredible six-string bass made by Argentinian luthier Emiliano Bernal, and it’s a show stopper. The acoustic/electric bass was dreamed up by the bassist. “My aim was to play a bass that has an electric feel with an acoustic flavor,” Yancamil explains. “So I told my specs to bass and... »

  • Bass of the Week: Crom Custom Shop Romantic Warrior

    Bass of the Week: Crom Custom Shop Romantic Warrior

    Matias Crom sent us photos of his Romantic Warrior model, and I dropped everything I was doing. The 34-year-old, Italian-Argentinian luthier has been making baroque instruments like lutes and viols for the past 10 years, but he started making basses when he was 18 after hearing Primus. His unique influences are melded together in the... »

  • Bass of the Week: Schack Guitars Unique V

    Bass of the Week: Schack Guitars Unique V

    This week we’re checking out gorgeous Unique V bass from Schack Guitars. Built with a flamed ash body, the instrument features a striking top and matching headstock of spalted quilted bubinga. Similarly, its flamed maple neck is topped with a beautiful marbled ebony fretboard and bubinga binding. “The neck is connected to the body with... »