Skip to main content

Custom Bass Archives - Page 7

Bass of the Week: Norton Guitars Wraith Bass
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Norton Guitars Wraith Bass

Norton Guitars takes a unique approach to building instruments by utilizing what they call the “Norton Mainframe” – a skeleton made of T6061 aircraft grade aluminum. The bass is then built with wood and electronics from there. A prime example of their work is their Wraith model bass. Featuring the “Tube” frame version of the Norton Mainframe, the Wraith is...

Ruokangas Guitars Introduce Fretless Steambass
Basses

Ruokangas Guitars Introduce Fretless Steambass

Finnish custom shop Ruokangas Guitars is now offering fretless versions of their vintage-inspired Steambass, which they introduced last year. The company included stylish fret markers on the ebony fretboard that don’t cross the whole board but instead correspond in placement to the position of the neck – the lower register has markers under the E-string, while the 12th “fret” and...

Ansir Introduces Imperial and Imperial SL Basses
Basses

Ansir Introduces Imperial and Imperial SL Basses

Ansir Music has unveiled all-new designs for their custom basses, with the introduction of the Imperial line. The Imperial and Imperial SL models feature ergonomic contouring and the company’s patented “Ansir Industry Standard Playing Angle,” which puts the neck in a more natural playing position. While the two models are very similar, Ansir founder Jody Michael explained the SL (or...

Bass of the Week: Atlansia Solitaire
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Atlansia Solitaire

There’s been an on-going discussion about what constitutes a bass, and specifically how more than four strings is “breaking the rules.” Well, what if there’s only one string? Enter the Atlansia Solitaire. Based in Nagano, Atlansia is known for outlandish designs – so much so that their website has to specify that the instruments are “Made in Japan on Planet...

Custom Shop: Wilkins Guitars
Custom Shop

Custom Shop: Wilkins Guitars

Pat Wilkins of Wilkins Guitars is a man who can appreciate the Old School. After getting his start in amps in the ’70s, he soon switched to guitar building, where he eventually started his own brand. Most recently, Wilkins has turned to recreating vintage basses, right down to the smallest detail. Of course, his work also includes custom work and...

Bass of the Week: Kristall Solid Electric Bass
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Kristall Solid Electric Bass

German builder Andreas Kristall makes a host of impressive basses, including this week’s bass of the week: The Kristall Solid. Available in 4, 5, and 6-string models, the Solid sports a singlecut design with bolt on construction. Kristall says the bass was built for “Rock character, sound, look, and feel.” As each piece is made to order, options vary from...

Bass of the Week: Adamovic Eric Czar Signature 7
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Adamovic Eric Czar Signature 7

Eric Czar’s Signature bass from Adamovic is a thing of beauty. With a monstrous 7-strings and 30 frets, the instrument gives Czar an incredible range. Strung E to A#, bass was designed between Czar and Nikola Adamovic to allow for easy chord playing and fast tapping while combining “the unique voices and timbres of a bass and a baritone guitar...

Bass of the Week: DeMars Guitars Long Trail Bass
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: DeMars Guitars Long Trail Bass

DeMars Guitars’ Long Trail bass is no doubt an instrument for proud players of the low end. Inspired by Vermont’s hiking trail of the same name, the Long Trail is a a chambered solid-body instrument sporting the company’s patented bass clef soundhole, which the company calls “a stunning visual signature for forward-thinking bassists.” We call it righteous. The Long Trail...

Bass of the Week: Thin Gypsy Thief Studio’s RevolveR Steampunk Bass
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Thin Gypsy Thief Studio’s RevolveR Steampunk Bass

This week we check out something a little different: The RevolveR Steampunk bass made by Kyle Miller, aka “Thin Gypsy Thief”. Miller, who works as a visual artist, luthier and propmaker in Vancouver, was commissioned to build the fully functional instrument for rapper T-Pain. “The bass was built for Grammy winning recording artist T-Pain as a co-branded piece to match...

Bass of the Week: Brown’s Guitar Factory Fretted/Less Bass
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Brown’s Guitar Factory Fretted/Less Bass

Fretted, fretless, or both? Based out of Minnesota, Brown’s Guitar Factory has a unique take on electric bass with their Fretted/Less models. The design allows for half of the fingerboard to be fretted while the second half has a raised fretless section, which is elevated to the height of the fretted section to keep its proper scale. While BGF says...