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  • 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... »

  • Bass of the Week: Blasius Guitars Kata 4 Headless

    Bass of the Week: Blasius Guitars Kata 4 Headless

    The Kata 4 Headless from Blasius Guitars features a pretty unique body shape with the tone to match. A take on the company’s flagship Kata model, this headless bass is built with three-layer body wings consisting of a bubinga back, maple core, and flamed maple top. Its five-piece neck is a sandwich of maple, padouk,... »

  • Bass of the Week: Lorita Basses Century Series II

    Bass of the Week: Lorita Basses Century Series II

    This week we’re checking out a cool new bass from Lorita Basses. The Century Series II carries the same singlecut body shape as the Century model, but with a solid body construction and a bolt-on neck. This particular bass has a headless setup and is constructed with a swamp ash body, burl elm top, hard... »

  • Bass of the Week: Roberto Franceschini Double Bass

    Bass of the Week: Roberto Franceschini Double Bass

    This week we’re checking out a cool double bass made by Italian luthier Roberto Franceschini. The instrument features a slimmed down body that makes it more portable while retaining the acoustic sound of a double bass. “Various luthiers around the world have been trying for years to find solutions for building less bulky double basses... »

  • Bass of the Week: Manne Guitars Moab

    Bass of the Week: Manne Guitars Moab

    This week we’re checking out the Manne Guitars Moab, which they describe as their flagship luxury bass model. The bass comes in four, five, and six-string versions with a korina body topped by walnut, Italian Yew, or poplar. Its multi-laminated neck is fitted with a thin “F resin” fretboard, which Manne says allows for precise... »

  • Bass of the Week: Lawalin Guitars Chamele Bass

    Bass of the Week: Lawalin Guitars Chamele Bass

    This week we’re checking out a bass that went viral on Facebook. If you didn’t see this video of the Lawalin Chamele yet, watch it, and you’ll understand why it was so popular: Besides the incredible light show, the Chamele is not your typical bass. It features a hollow fiberglass body that’s fitted with programmable... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Stradi Symphony Stone Bass

    Bass of the Week: Stradi Symphony Stone Bass

    A lot of times, basses with exotic burl tops look like they are made out of marble. The Stradi Symphony Stone Bass is a step in that direction. In addition to its unique singlecut body shape, this particular bass is built with a cedar body topped with a thin layer of natural stone. The result... »

  • Bass of the Week: Serek Basses Midwestern

    Bass of the Week: Serek Basses Midwestern

    Jake Serek of Serek Basses has a unique way of blending old school and new school to create a fresh looking bass that remains rooted in the instrument’s history. This week we’re checking out the Midwestern, which blends aspects of Fender and Gibson basses. “The Midwestern is a short-scale powerhouse that is compact in size,... »

  • Bass of the Week: Kanzian & Traunsteiner Viennese Five-String Bass

    Bass of the Week: Kanzian & Traunsteiner Viennese Five-String Bass

    As a double bass player, I love seeing old basses and wondering what stories they could tell. But I also love seeing the creation of new masterpieces, including this Kanzian & Traunsteiner five-string bass. Alex Kanzian and Fabian Traunsteiner are luthiers based in Vienna, Austria that opened their own shop about five years ago. “We... »

  • Bass of the Week: BNJ Guitars Hex 4

    Bass of the Week: BNJ Guitars Hex 4

    This week we’re taking a look at the Hex 4 by BNJ Guitars. The sleek, blacked-out, semi-hollow bass is built with a lime and mahogany body finished in a matte black and matched with an ebony fingerboard. It’s fitted with red strings that really pop against the black background. BNJ fits the Hex 4 with... »