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Bass of the Week: F Bass BNF Fretless
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Bass of the Week: F Bass BNF Fretless

The F Bass BNF is a fretless version of their BN model that the company says offers a “traditional fretless tone.” Available in 4-, 5- and 6-string versions, the BNF features a sleek Gabon ebony fingerboard, a 3-piece quartersawn maple neck, and a body constructed of a maple center block and ash wings. Its pickups are a pair of stacked,...

Ibanez Introduces BTB Premium Basses
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Ibanez Introduces BTB Premium Basses

Ibanez has added to their Premium line of basses once again with the BTB Premium. Building on the “boutique-style” of the BTB series, the Premium models take things a step further with upgraded materials and are built in Ibanez’s Premium factory. Available in 5- and 6-string models, the BTB Premium models feature 35? scale for increased string tension, resulting in...

Fender Unveils Pawn Shop Bass VI and Mustang Bass Models
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Fender Unveils Pawn Shop Bass VI and Mustang Bass Models

Fender has announced four new models in the company’s eccentric Pawn Shop series, one they describe as “guitars that never were but should have been.” The new lineup includes two basses: The Pawn Shop Bass VI and the Pawn Shop Mustang Bass. Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI Originally produced from 1961 to 1975, the Fender Bass VI is a six-string...

Bass of the Week: Warwick Thumb NT
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Bass of the Week: Warwick Thumb NT

The Warwick Thumb NT is one of their flagship models that packs in features the company is best known, such as the choice of exotic woods. NT stands for Neck Through construction, but the design is a little more intricate than most since the top is solid. Warwick employs exotic woods for the Thumb including Bubinga Pommele for the body,...

Bass of the Week: o3 Guitars Palladium
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Bass of the Week: o3 Guitars Palladium

This week we take a look at Spanish custom shop o3 Guitars’ Palladium bass. Available in 4-, 5- and 6-string versions, the bass takes its moniker from the chemical element, which is a “rare and lustrous silvery-white metal.” All of o3’s basses are hand made, so each is customized. Standard features include an ebony fingerboard, mahogany body, and a 5-piece...

Bass of the Week: Gus Guitars G3
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Bass of the Week: Gus Guitars G3

The Gus Guitars G3 is an awesome bass with futuristic aesthetic. First introduced as a 4-string model in 1996, the G3 follows the company’s G1 guitar and is constructed using a special carbon fiber over cedar technique for the body with chrome plated aluminum tube for the horns. While the features are extraordinary, they’re far from arbitrary. Gus Guitars proprietor...

Warwick Introduces Corvette $$ NT Special Edition 68 Bass
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Warwick Introduces Corvette $$ NT Special Edition 68 Bass

Warwick has unveiled the Corvette $$ NT Special Edition 68, a custom shop bass inspired by the General Motors 1968 Model Corvette Stingray. The hot-rodded bass shares the car’s style with a Candy Apple red finish and an airbrushed aluminum center section while the Corvette name is inlaid into the tigerstripe ebony fingerboard. Available in 4-, 5-, and 6-string versions,...

Bass of the Week: Datum RM Series
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Bass of the Week: Datum RM Series

The upper horn on the Datum RM Series bass may look cool, but it’s there for more than looks. The G-shape adds more contact between the body and neck, essentially giving the benefits of a singlecut bass to double cutaway design. Handmade in Italy, each bass is available with several options, including the number of strings, fretted or fretless, and...

New Beginnings: Exploring New Bass Tunings (and String Counts)
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New Beginnings: Exploring New Bass Tunings (and String Counts)

Q: I have been playing bass professionally for over 15 years, but I’ve recently decided to expand my horizons by tuning one of my 5 string basses E-C. I decided to do this after playing a six string bass in a music store one day and realizing how easy it was to play lines across the fingerboard in a lower...

Bass of the Week: Pavel Musical Instruments Aryel
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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
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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: Luthman Natural
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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...