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  • Bass of the Week: Le Fay Basses Remington Steele

    Bass of the Week: Le Fay Basses Remington Steele

    This week we’re checking out the Remington Steele from Germany’s Le Fay Basses. The bass is a fretless with a twist: the fingerboard is stainless steel. Although it’s an unusual feature, the steel doesn’t sound metallic at all, the company says. “Remington Steele sounds spacious, phat and rich in overtones,” they write. “Effects come into... »

  • Ibanez Introduces Compact Acoustic Electric Basses

    Ibanez Introduces Compact Acoustic Electric Basses

    Ibanez has launched two new compact acoustic basses with the AVNB1E and the AVNB1FE. The basses, which are fretted and fretless models respectively, feature a 634-millimeter scale with parlor shape body. “Our short-scale parlor basses offer players compact acoustic options which are better suited for small stages, make for easier trips, and do so without... »

  • Bass of the Week: Veillette Guitars Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Bass of the Week: Veillette Guitars Acoustic Bass Guitar

    This week we’re checking out builder Joe Veillette’s Acoustic bass guitar model. Available in a variety of woods, the Acoustic was designed to bring the same depth of tone from their acoustic guitars to the bass. “With a 17″ wide and 5.5″ deep body, the Acoustic Bass has the airspace to deliver a true fundamental... »

  • Dean Guitars Adds Flame Top Fretless, Six-String Edge Basses

    Dean Guitars Adds Flame Top Fretless, Six-String Edge Basses

    Dean expanded their Edge bass lineup with two new iterations: the Edge 4 Flame Top Fretless and the Edge 6 Flame Top. The basses share many of the same attributes, including a mahogany body, a flame maple top, a maple neck, and a killer transparent black satin finish. Both basses also have a pau ferro... »

  • Bass of the Week: Fodera Zebrawood AJ Contrabass Shape 12 Elite

    Bass of the Week: Fodera Zebrawood AJ Contrabass Shape 12 Elite

    This week we’re checking out a very unique Fodera. This Zebrawood AJ Contrabass Shape 12 Elite is a 12-string fretless built specially for bassist Steuart Liebig. Featuring the “AJ Contrabass” body shape, the instrument is built with a mahogany body with a Flame Maple tone block and zebrawood top. The neck is a five-piece laminate... »

  • Bass of the Week: Stellart Guitars Nemesis

    Bass of the Week: Stellart Guitars Nemesis

    Bass builder Stephan Mongeon sent me some photos of his latest build and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. The Stellart Guitars Nemesis is a six-string neck-through semi-hollow fretless bass. Judging by these pictures, it’s a work of art, too. Mongeon builds basses with his wife, Ella, in Quebec where they’ve... »

  • Bass of the Week: Simnett Guitars 5-String Fretless

    Bass of the Week: Simnett Guitars 5-String Fretless

    Jon from Simnett Guitars shot us an email with his latest build, and it’s a beauty. This five-string fretless has some gorgeous features that the luthier put serious time and effort into. “It’s a 33-inch scale (tuned E-C) ‘piezo-only’ fretless. The Black Limba body is chambered and has a spalted Hornbeam top,” he explains. “There’s... »

  • Bass of the Week: LowDown Bass Guitars Special Custom Series 4F Fretless

    Bass of the Week: LowDown Bass Guitars Special Custom Series 4F Fretless

    Wandering around the halls at the NAMM Show is great for finding unique instruments. While browsing Hall E this year I saw this killer four-string fretless built by Tim Seisser of LowDown Bass Guitars. With all the interesting body work and the stunning fingerboard, I had to find out more. “This bass started as an... »

  • Getting Better Intonation on a Fretless Bass

    Getting Better Intonation on a Fretless Bass

    Q: I’ve recently made a switch from fretted to fretless bass, and so far it’s been awesome, but here’s the thing… A couple of the fretted basses I’ve played so far were all 34-inch scale, and the fretless I now play is a 35-inch scale six-string – and it’s unlined. So stretching my fingers that... »

  • B&G Handmade Guitars Announces Big Sister Bass

    B&G Handmade Guitars Announces Big Sister Bass

    B&G Handmade Guitars has unveiled the Big Sister, a bass to support their Little Sister guitar model. The semi-hollow bass, which comes in fretted or fretless, was designed for old school flair. “This Big Sister idea was born with the release of the Little Sister guitar,” B&G writes. “We wanted to apply the same traditional... »