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Bass of the Week: Marleaux Basses MBass Big Hollow 5-String Fretless
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Marleaux Basses MBass Big Hollow 5-String Fretless

Master luthier Gerald Marleaux is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Marleaux Basses this year, and he continues to experiment and dream up new instruments. This week we’re checking out the MBass Big Hollow 5-String Fretless.

Bass of the Week: Nico Dayet Quintessence
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Nico Dayet Quintessence

Yves Carbonne has a unique playing style that warrants some unique instruments. This week, we’re taking a look at his new Quintessence, which is a six-string fretless acoustic built by luthier Nico Dayet.

PHD Bass Guitars Introduces Ergonomic Lightweight Bass (ELB)
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PHD Bass Guitars Introduces Ergonomic Lightweight Bass (ELB)

PHD Bass Guitars has unveiled a new model to their lineup called the ELB, or Ergonomic Lightweight Bass. The instrument was designed by luthier Parizad Hatcher to include several unique features that benefit playability as well as health.

Bass of the Week: Blast Cult Gateway
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Blast Cult Gateway

Jason Burns of Blast Cult has been building upright basses for years, but lately, he’s been getting more into the electric side of things. His latest creation is the Gateway Bass, a bass guitar that carries many of the aspects of a double bass.

Bass of the Week: Fleishman Guitars “Big Bass” Multi-Scale Acoustic Fretless Bass
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Bass of the Week: Fleishman Guitars “Big Bass” Multi-Scale Acoustic Fretless Bass

Harry Fleishman has been building instruments for over fifty years. Although he spent time working for large companies like Fender, he’s always kept designing on his own. This week we’re taking a look at an amazing acoustic fretless bass he built.

Bass of the Week: Beardly Customs Fretless Five-String
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Bass of the Week: Beardly Customs Fretless Five-String

Rick Link of Beardly Customs shared his latest fretless build with us, and it’s a killer. The 35-inch scale bass features neck-through construction with a three-piece maple and purpleheart neck topped by a cocobolo fingerboard with maple fret lines.

Bass of the Week: Tangente Instruments Domino Fretless
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Bass of the Week: Tangente Instruments Domino Fretless

This week we’re featuring another amazing bass by Tangente Instruments. The Domino is a fretless four-string built from local lumber with some intricate woodworking.

Bass of the Week: Sawtooth Rudy Sarzo Signature Acoustic-Electric Bass
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Bass of the Week: Sawtooth Rudy Sarzo Signature Acoustic-Electric Bass

Rudy Sarzo has played in a variety of situations, from Quiet Riot to Ozzy Osbourne to The Guess Who to Michael Angelo Batio. This week we’re checking out his signature acoustic bass guitar from Sawtooth.

Bass of the Week: iVee Guitars “TTT Bass” Misery 3030
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Bass of the Week: iVee Guitars “TTT Bass” Misery 3030

This week we’re taking a look at the insanely intricate bass luthier Ivan Mulia calls the “TTT Bass” Misery 3030. The bass features finely detailed, acid-etched aluminum plates for the body top and back, as well as the fretless fingerboard.

Ernie Ball Music Man Unveils Ball Family Reserve Fretless StingRay
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Ernie Ball Music Man Unveils Ball Family Reserve Fretless StingRay

Ernie Ball Music Man revealed the latest in their monthly Ball Family Reserve series, including a Fretless StingRay. The bass comes in a Vintage Sierra Burst, but the most attention-grabbing aspect is its highly figured roasted maple neck and fingerboard.

Fender Unveils New Player Series Bass Colors
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Fender Unveils New Player Series Bass Colors

Fender has introduced two new colors to their Player Series: Silver and Capri Orange. The new hues apply to the entire mid-priced, made-in-Mexico line including the Fender Player Precision, Player Jazz Bass, and the Player Jaguar Bass.

Ibanez Introduces Two New Fretless BTB Models
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Ibanez Introduces Two New Fretless BTB Models

Ibanez has expanded their BTB line with two new fretless basses: the five-string BTB845F and the six-string BTB846F.