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  • Bass of the Week: The Painted Player Yellow Submarine Bass

    Bass of the Week: The Painted Player Yellow Submarine Bass

    The Painted Player Guitar Company makes some fantastic finishes for their instruments, but they really went all out on this bass tribute to the Beatles. Their “Yellow Submarine” bass is a heavily modded Fender Mexican Precision that was crafted to resemble the psychedelic boat. “[The bass was created] in the UK using a stunning Fender... »

  • Bass of the Week: Yamaha Billy Sheehan Acrylic Attitude LTD3

    Bass of the Week: Yamaha Billy Sheehan Acrylic Attitude LTD3

    This week we’re checking out a cool one-off that Yamaha built for bass shredder Billy Sheehan. Based on his signature Attitude LTD3 model, the bass brings together some interesting elements tied around Sheehan’s band The Winery Dogs. “Before The Winery Dogs’ touring cycle in support of their second album Hot Streak, Billy asked us to... »

  • Bass of the Week: KD Basses Picasso

    Bass of the Week: KD Basses Picasso

    Andy Irvine of The Daily Funk Club shared some pictures of this bass on Facebook and it made me stop scrolling. The Picasso by KD Basses is a colorful, artistic take on the instrument made in Bulgaria. The bass’s body is built with an Elm core, but luthier Kostadin Dimitrov covered it with an irregularly-shaped... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Scopel P-Board Bass

    Bass of the Week: Scopel P-Board Bass

    I love it when luthiers think outside the box with the woods they use for their instruments. A recent trend has been to recycle old skateboards to create instant mojo, and Brazilian bass builder Antonio Cesar Scopel nailed it with his P-Board bass. Inspired by the Fender Precisions from 1951 to 1957, the P-Board’s body... »

  • Bass of the Week: Zon Guitars Zemi Acoustik Bass

    Bass of the Week: Zon Guitars Zemi Acoustik Bass

    Meshuggah’s Dick Lovgren has gotten a crazy new bass from Zon Guitars, and it’s our bass of the week. The one-of-a-kind Zemi Acoustik is based on Zon’s Sonus body style but has a thicker, hollow mahogany body with a stunning flame maple top. Its set neck is made of a composite, while the phenowood fingerboard... »

  • Bass of the Week: Cunningham Bass & Guitarz RLJ-5 Splendour Jazz Bass

    Bass of the Week: Cunningham Bass & Guitarz RLJ-5 Splendour Jazz Bass

    Jamaica-born, Australia-based luthier Dwight Cunningham creates some stunning basses, including this gorgeous RLJ-5 Splendour Jazz Bass. The semi-hollow bass features a myrtle and alder body loaded with a Nordstrand Bigman pickup in the bridge position with a split coil in the neck position. Its seven-piece neck is crafted from Myrtle, Indian Rosewood, Maple and Mahogany.... »

  • Bass of the Week: D’ARCO Shakti 5-String Bass

    Bass of the Week: D’ARCO Shakti 5-String Bass

    This week we’re checking out the D’ARCO Shakti 5-string bass by French Luthier Clément D’Arco. The striking bass has a host of beautiful, exotic woods to create a rich visual appeal. Its body is crafted from lacewood, purpleheart, wenge, and flamed maple while the 13-piece neck is made of flamed maple, wenge and a bubinga/wenge... »

  • Bass of the Week: Barton Basses 11-String Fretless Harpbass

    Bass of the Week: Barton Basses 11-String Fretless Harpbass

    Barton Applewhite of Barton Basses sent this in for us to check out and it stopped me in my tracks. This monstrous 11-string fretless Harpbass includes a four regular bass strings plus seven standalone harp strings. “[The bass is] constructed of swamp ash [and] a flame maple neck through with a cocobolo top,” the luthier... »

  • Bass of the Week: Höfner Guitars Gold Label Paisley 500/2 Club Bass

    Bass of the Week: Höfner Guitars Gold Label Paisley 500/2 Club Bass

    Höfner’s Gold Label series gives the company a chance to make limited runs of special designs created by their master luthiers in Hagenau, Germany. This week we’re checking out a version of their 500/2 Club bass that’s finished in a retro, 60’s paisley top. “Introduced in 1964 the Club bass has for many years only... »

  • Bass of the Week: Ploughman Guitars Semi-Hollow Bass

    Bass of the Week: Ploughman Guitars Semi-Hollow Bass

    This week we’re checking out another beautiful instrument by Serbia’s Ploughman Guitars. Their take on a semi-hollow body bass is crafted with a one-piece Sipo body that topped with book-matched, hand-carved, Bosnian maple. Its five-piece maple and mahogany neck is topped with a wenge fingerboard adorned with mother of pearl block inlays. The hardware includes... »