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  • Bass of the Week: Pittman P-Style Bass

    Bass of the Week: Pittman P-Style Bass

    Love them or hate them, some “replica” basses really hit the mark, and reader Scott Hayes sent us a perfect example of how it should be done. “The bass is a ’65 inspired p bass with a light relic (closet queen) built by Paul Slagle of Pittman Guitars,” Hayes shares. “The photos are taken by... »

  • Fodera Unveils the Masterbuilt Butterfly Bass

    Fodera Unveils the Masterbuilt Butterfly Bass

    Fodera has revealed the latest in their top of the line Masterbuilt series with the Butterfly. The one-of-a-kind bass is inspired by the company’s butterfly themed models and uses the Imperial body shape as a “canvas.” “Using over 200 pieces of varying natural materials such as Gold Pearl, Mother of Pearl, Black Pearl, and various... »

  • Bass of the Week: Vuorensaku Guitars Mama Bass

    Bass of the Week: Vuorensaku Guitars Mama Bass

    I’m not sure what makes a bass with old-school mojo so appealing, but I do know that the Vuorensaku Guitars Mama bass has it in spades. The first bass in the Finnish company’s T. Family collection, the Mama shares several aspects of instruments from the past including a flexible body design. “In the beginning, I... »

  • Bass of the Week: Devil’s Choice EvilOak

    Bass of the Week: Devil’s Choice EvilOak

    This week we’re checking out a bass from the dark side. The Devil’s Choice EvilOak is a unique bass that brings together several aspects of their existing instruments. “The EvilOak is a custom project [based on] our Manticore model, and the term “EvilOak” was initially a fun name for that particular bass,” Bernd Steuer of... »

  • Boldogh Guitars Builds EBS 30th Anniversary Bass

    Boldogh Guitars Builds EBS 30th Anniversary Bass

    EBS is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year with a special bass built by Hungarian luthier Csaba Boldogh. The instrument is fitted with an EBS logo on the headstock as well as a custom EBS 30th Anniversary inlay at the twelfth fret. The seal is also found on the rear of the bass. Boldogh built... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Nelson Instruments Paramount

    Bass of the Week: Nelson Instruments Paramount

    This week we’re checking out the Nelson Instruments Paramount, a killer bass that’s oozing vintage appeal. Its funky maple body is matched to a quarter sawn hard maple neck and set with hot hide glue, which Nelson says offers extras sustain and rigidity. The secret sauce to the bass is in its pickups, Nelson adds.... »

  • Eastwood Guitars Announces the Airline Jetsons Jr. Bass

    Eastwood Guitars Announces the Airline Jetsons Jr. Bass

    Eastwood Custom Shop is reviving their former Airline 2P bass with a new model: the Airline Jetsons Jr. Bass. The retro design retains many of the same features with a few differences. “Inspired by the discontinued Airline 2P Bass, the new Airline Jetsons Jr. Bass keeps the same ‘JB Hutto-style’ body shape, but now comes... »

  • Bass of the Week: Marleaux Bass Guitars Contra

    Bass of the Week: Marleaux Bass Guitars Contra

    Gerald Marleaux is hands down one of my favorite bass builders. His artistic touch and attention to detail make all of his instruments play and sound just as good as they look. This week we’re checking out his Contra model, which takes its semi-acoustic design in part from the violin family. “The Contra is made... »

  • Fodera Unveils the Madrone Burl Monarch 5 Standard Special Bass

    Fodera Unveils the Madrone Burl Monarch 5 Standard Special Bass

    Fodera has expanded their Standard Specials line of instruments with the Madrone Burl Monarch 5 Standard Special. Built around the Monarch model, the bass has a new combination of woods with a mahogany body, Madrone Burl top, a three-piece maple neck, and an ebony fingerboard. Fodera says the real difference is in the pickups as... »

  • Bass of the Week: Novacorda Barbaros

    Bass of the Week: Novacorda Barbaros

    Novacorda’s Barbaros bass is a design that’s nearly five hundred years old. Well, at least that’s where the inspiration came from. “The bass guitar was named after Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa who was an Ottoman admiral of Sultan Süleyman‘s fleet,” the Novacorda website explains. “The design of the bass is based on the cross-section of one... »