Sander de Gier is often asked for a lightweight bass, especially in his vintage-styled Soulmate model. In order to achieve a lower weight, he explored different body woods and built three basses that are otherwise identical.
Eastwood Guitars has unveiled the mandolin-inspired MRG Studio Series, which includes the new MRG Bass. The four-string bass features a short 30.5-inch scale and a mandolin-shaped semi-hollow body.
Solar Guitars has announced their first bass model with the Type AB2 Series. The line includes three variations, and Solar says the AB2 is designed “for the modern metal bass player with high-quality expectations at an affordable price.”
Jackson’s X Series features versions of their classic designs with modern upgrades in playability in an affordable package. Their Concert bass shape got the treatment several times over, including this X Series Concert Bass CBXNT IV in a cool matte army drab finish.
After replacing the American Standard Series with the American Professional Series in 2016, Fender has unveiled its next generation of instruments. The American Professional II Series builds upon the range through several years of player input.
This week we’re looking at a short-scale ROOM 4 bass recently completed by Kristall Basses. Handmade in Germany, the instrument is built entirely from maple and Pau Ferro.
Traveler Guitar has unveiled a new line of acoustic instruments. The Redlands Concert Series range, which is named after the company’s hometown in California, includes a bass that features a miniature 23.25-inch scale for maximum portability.
Billy Sheehan’s signature Attitude Bass is getting a special 30th Anniversary model this year. The limited-edition model will celebrate its origins by incorporating elements of the bassists’s original customizations to his bass dubbed “The Wife.”
Ever since restarting his business a few years ago, it’s been a blast to see Bud LeCompte’s new builds. One of his latest basses is a special JSS-4 he’s keeping for himself.
Lakland has expanded its Skyline series of basses with the Skyline 55-OS and 44-OS. The new instruments are versions of their 44 and 55 models with offset body shapes and a few different specs.
Eastwood Guitars is launching a new tribute bass to bring back a design from the ’60s. The Eko Rocket IV Tribute was first reintroduced by Eastwood in 2006 and will be coming back next year.
Today we’re featuring a bass submitted by Stijn Deldaele, who is a professional bassist that took up building over the past few years. His craft has grown, leading him to build under the name “monkey bassness”.