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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.

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.

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.”

Marleaux Consat Custom Bass: Detailed. Strongly Voiced. Exotic.
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Marleaux Consat Custom Bass: Detailed. Strongly Voiced. Exotic.

Take a look at the Marleaux Consat Custom Bass, which offers countless exotic woods and different construction techniques. Check out the gallery, videos, audio clips, and more.

Bass of the Week: Moonshine Custom Guitars Rat Rod J Bass
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Bass of the Week: Moonshine Custom Guitars Rat Rod J Bass

The Daily Funk Club’s Andy Irvine is a guy who knows what he wants in a bass. That’s why he reached out to Rick Wilson of Moonshine Guitars with some specifics in mind. “He contacted me after seeing pics of my bass, he was looking for the feel of a well-played early 60’s Jazz as with the vintage look as...

Bass of the Week: Ray Ross Bass No. 27
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Bass of the Week: Ray Ross Bass No. 27

Luthier Aaron “Ray” Ross has been cooking up a new style of bridge this year, and he’s created an amazing bass to showcase it. His 27th bass features the new saddle-less “universal bridge.” “Coming up with something new is a violent, painful way to create, this took 4 months of agony and hand work,” Ross writes. “I was a little...

Bass of the Week: Crom Custom Shop Romantic Warrior
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Crom Custom Shop Romantic Warrior

Matias Crom sent us photos of his Romantic Warrior model, and I dropped everything I was doing. The 34-year-old, Italian-Argentinian luthier has been making baroque instruments like lutes and viols for the past 10 years, but he started making basses when he was 18 after hearing Primus. His unique influences are melded together in the bass, which features a beautifully...

Custom Shop: Roks Instruments
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Custom Shop: Roks Instruments

Earlier this year we featured the Roks Instruments Futura bass as a bass of the week. It garnered so much interest that we decided to get the inside scoop on the company with luthier Axel Roks. Based in the Netherlands, Roks describes his basses as “tools for musicians created in the twilight zone between craftsmanship and artistry.” One look at...

Bass of the Week: Alembic Series II “Leap of Faith”
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Bass of the Week: Alembic Series II “Leap of Faith”

Alembic’s basses have been a big influence on custom builders, and it’s easy to see why. They started in 1969 as a live sound consulting operation. Founders Ron and Susan Wickersham then moved into instrument electronics, creating low impedance pickups and what would become first set of active electronics for a guitar. Their first bass was built in 1972 for...

Bass of the Week: Ele Custom Basses Puntundo 5
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Bass of the Week: Ele Custom Basses Puntundo 5

This week we’re checking out the Puntundo 5 by Spain’s Ele Custom Basses. This version of their El Puntundo bass was made for Fabio Lessa and features the headless version of the striking singlecut design. One’s eye is led straight to the buckeye burl top, which is accentuated with matching pickup covers. The set-neck bass is also built with a...