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Pavel Announces Jazz Pro Vintage USA Basses
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Pavel Announces Jazz Pro Vintage USA Basses

Pavel de la Fuente has announced a new line of basses through his custom shop, Pavel Musical Instruments. The new Jazz Pro Vintage USA bass models include both 4- and 5-string basses, with a choice of Alder or Ash for the body, Rock Maple neck and a choice of Maple or Rosewood fretboard. The basses are available in natural, white,...

G&L Unveils Black Ice Collection Basses
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G&L Unveils Black Ice Collection Basses

G&L has unveiled a new line of instruments labeled the “Black Ice Collection”. The new basses and guitars feature a “Black Ice” finish, which incorporates the company’s Nearly Naked (NENA) finish with a sleek matte black base and silver highlights in the body’s wood grain. Introduced last year, NENA is a super thin finish the company says promotes body resonance....

Bass of the Week: Pavel Musical Instruments Aryel
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Pavel Musical Instruments Aryel

This week we take a look at Pavel Musical Instrument’s flagship singlecut bass, the Aryel. Described as the “Roaring Lion” of basses, the bass’s upper horn section connects to the neck at the 12th fret, which the company says adds more tone transmission to the body. The Aryel is hand-built to order in Texas and comes in Deluxe and Signature...

Bass of the Week: Shuker Singlecut Elite
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Shuker Singlecut Elite

The Shuker Singlecut Elite is one beautiful instrument. Built by luthier Jon Shuker in the UK, the bass is highly customizable with options running from number of strings to top wood to construction type. Standard features include a 7-piece laminated neck made of maple, wenge, and padauk, a walnut body core, and a fingerboard of either Rio Rosewood, ebony, or...

Bass of the Week: Citron AE4 and AE5 Swallow Acoustic/Electric Bass
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Bass of the Week: Citron AE4 and AE5 Swallow Acoustic/Electric Bass

This week we take a look at the Citron AE4 and AE5 Swallow Basses built by luthier Harvey Citron in collaboration with jazz legend Steve Swallow. Citron first presented Swallow with one of his acoustic/electric basses, and their work went from there. It was Steve’s perfectionism that pushed the bass builder to invent a new bridge. “Working with Steve has...

Ibanez Introduces ATK Premium Basses
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Ibanez Introduces ATK Premium Basses

Ibanez has given its Premium treatment to their ATK model, resulting in the ATK800E and the ATK805E. Beyond being built at their Premium Factory to premium quality standards, the company’s bass designers spent a lot of time researching and developing the pickup configuration, which includes a CAP double humbucker in the bridge position and an Ibanez proprietary CAP Sonic Arch...

Bass of the Week: Luthman Natural
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Luthman Natural

Luthman is a company that puts out some pretty intricate work yet also knows simple elegance, the latter of which is evidenced in their Natural model. Handmade in France by luthier Thierry Etienne, the Natural has a unique, fluid body style with customizable options. Available in 4-, 5-, 6-, and 7-string configurations, standard features on the Natural include an ovangkol...

Bass of the Week: De Gier BeBop
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: De Gier BeBop

There are lots of interpretations of the old J-bass, but one that strikes me most is the BeBop made by Dutch boutique shop De Gier. It offers a little more in the curves department with subtle tweaks to set itself apart from the classic design. Available in 4- or 5-string versions, the De Gier BeBop comes standard with an alder...

Kauer Guitars Introduces Daylighter Bass
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Kauer Guitars Introduces Daylighter Bass

California-based Kauer Guitars has introduced the Daylighter Bass, modeled after their popular series of guitars by the same name. With several feature options, the company says the bass can cover ground from “classic Motown vibe straight through the most aggressive modern bass tones.” The Daylighter’s body is made of Spanish Cedar and is available in a plethora of color options....

Jackson Unveils JS Series Kelly Bird Basses
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Jackson Unveils JS Series Kelly Bird Basses

Back in April, David Ellefson gave us the scoop on a new bass he was working on with Jackson that would combine elements of a classic bass style he sported during Megadeth’s “Countdown to Extinction” tour, and the company’s Kelly guitar model. Jackson has now introduced the resulting Kelly Bird basses as part of their JS Series. Available in Burnt...