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The Bass Centre Unveils the Guy Pratt “Betsy” Bass
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The Bass Centre Unveils the Guy Pratt “Betsy” Bass

Guy Pratt has teamed up with The Bass Centre to introduce the Guy Pratt Betsy Bass. A part of their British Bass Masters series, the instrument is based on Pratt’s 1964 Jazz Bass he named “Betsy,” which he originally bought from John Entwistle in 1987.

Bass of the Week: iVee Guitars “TTT Bass” Misery 3030
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Bass of the Week: iVee Guitars “TTT Bass” Misery 3030

This week we’re taking a look at the insanely intricate bass luthier Ivan Mulia calls the “TTT Bass” Misery 3030. The bass features finely detailed, acid-etched aluminum plates for the body top and back, as well as the fretless fingerboard.

D. Lakin Basses Unveils New Line of Basses
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D. Lakin Basses Unveils New Line of Basses

Dan Lakin has launched a new line of basses with his company, D. Lakin Basses. Lakin, who founded Lakland Basses, offers one-on-one consultation for every bass that’s made.

Bass of the Week: Bergfels Guitars John-Eric Signature Custom Bass
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Bass of the Week: Bergfels Guitars John-Eric Signature Custom Bass

Bergfels Guitars, founded by builder Stefan Kirchner, recently completed a custom bass for bassist John-Eric. At first glance, it seems fairly traditional, but further inspection reveals tons of modern features.

Eastwood Guitars Unveils the Rivolta Combinata Bass VII
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Eastwood Guitars Unveils the Rivolta Combinata Bass VII

Eastwood Guitars is expanding its Rivolta line with its first bass guitar, called the Combinata Bass VII. Designed by Dennis Fano, it is based on the same body shape as their six-string Combinata.

G&L Unveils the Fallout Bass Launch Edition
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G&L Unveils the Fallout Bass Launch Edition

G&L Guitars has unveiled a new short-scale four-string called the Fallout Bass Launch Edition. The 30-inch scale instrument comes in three colors – British Racing Green, Miami Blue, and Racing Yellow – each with competition stripes.

Fender Unveils the American Ultra Series Basses
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Fender Unveils the American Ultra Series Basses

After teasing it for several days, Fender has unveiled the American Ultra Series, which they call their “most advanced” line of basses. The series is defined by new Ultra Noiseless Vintage pickups, newly-designed body contours, and faster playing necks.

Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette Vintage-Style Bass
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Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette Vintage-Style Bass

We recently shared the modern half of Frederiek de Vette’s “new school versus old school” two-bass build. Now we’re taking a look at the more traditional instrument.

Bass of the Week: Jens Ritter Instruments Princess Isabella Concept Bass
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Bass of the Week: Jens Ritter Instruments Princess Isabella Concept Bass

Here’s a new bass from Jens Ritter Instruments created with Ish Guitars. The Princess Isabella Concept bass brings together Ritter’s Princess Isabella body with the “Concept” design, which streamlines it for a minimalist look.

Fodera Unveils Masterbuilt Gothic Stained Glass Bass
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Fodera Unveils Masterbuilt Gothic Stained Glass Bass

Fodera has unveiled the latest in their one-of-a-kind Masterbuilt series with a bass called “Gothic Stained Glass.” The bass gets its name from its design features.

Ernie Ball Music Man Unveils Ball Family Reserve Fretless StingRay
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Ernie Ball Music Man Unveils Ball Family Reserve Fretless StingRay

Ernie Ball Music Man revealed the latest in their monthly Ball Family Reserve series, including a Fretless StingRay. The bass comes in a Vintage Sierra Burst, but the most attention-grabbing aspect is its highly figured roasted maple neck and fingerboard.

Bass of the Week: Gamma Bass Guitars “Starburst”
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Bass of the Week: Gamma Bass Guitars “Starburst”

This week we’re checking out a cool custom bass from Gamma Bass Guitars called the “Starburst.” The one-of-a-kind bass features hand-painted artwork by Julie Rosenberg, who says she has “always been drawn to bold color and geometric style design.”