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Overwater Introduces Scott Devine Signature SDS Lite Bass
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Overwater Introduces Scott Devine Signature SDS Lite Bass

Overwater’s Scott Devine Signature series has a new model with the announcement of the SDS Lite. Modeled after Devine’s fretless bass, the Lite version is a slightly lighter weight instrument that the company says has a “smoother, more neutral voicing.” The SDS Lite keeps with Devine’s shorter 33? scale preference and is available in 4 or 5-string versions. Its 3-piece...

Bass Centre Introduces Jaco Pastorius Tribute Bass
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Bass Centre Introduces Jaco Pastorius Tribute Bass

The Bass Centre is paying tribute to the late great Jaco Pastorius with their new Portrait Bass. Based on their Jive Bass, the latest addition to the Bass Collection range features a lined fretless rosewood fingerboard and Solar Flare finish. The Portrait Bass also comes without a pickguard, similar to how Jaco kept his instruments. The bass’s basswood body is...

Jens Ritter Introduces R8-Concept Fretless Bass
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Jens Ritter Introduces R8-Concept Fretless Bass

Jens Ritter has expanded on the idea of his R8-Singlecut bass with the R8-Concept Fretless Bass. The new models set themselves apart by utilizing the Ritter Backside Tuning System, which puts the tuning machines on the back of the bass’s body while accepting standard single-ball strings. Another distinguishing feature is the R8-Concept’s extended fingerboard, which reaches all the way down...

Bass of the Week: SimpleBass e4 Fretless Bass
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Bass of the Week: SimpleBass e4 Fretless Bass

After 20 years of playing a fretless Jazz Bass, Italian bassist Roberto Musso decided it was time to spice things up. That’s when he designed the SimpleBass e4, a 4-string fretless model with an extended fingerboard and a sleek body shape. The result is a lightweight, balanced bass. “Having some more fret space would have been a real help in...

Bass of the Week: BassLab STD
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Bass of the Week: BassLab STD

BassLab isn’t your ordinary bass manufacturer and they certainly don’t make your average bass. Developed by a musician and a physicist, the company uses a tuneable composite material instead of wood. “We use carbon for stiffness, but add other [elements] to the mix for tone,” they shared. “It’s called ‘tuneable’, because we can also alter the tone.” BassLab’s flagship instrument...

NS Design Announces CR5 Radius Bass Guitar
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NS Design Announces CR5 Radius Bass Guitar

NS Design excited the bass community at last year’s NAMM show by unveiling the NS Radius Bass Guitar. This year, the company has introduced a production version of the headless bass. Made in the Czech Republic, the CR5 Model shares all the same dimensions as its U.S. counterpart. The CR5 Radius Model is a 5-string bass that comes in three...

Bass of the Week: Convolution Bass
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Bass of the Week: Convolution Bass

When longtime friends Edwin Paanakker and Frans Haarmeijer decided to join forces to build basses, they knew they wanted to make something different. Enter the Convolution Bass: a lightweight, handmade bass that shares mechanical properties of an upright bass. Built with a red cedar body topped by Zebrano wood, the fretless bass has a gorgeous ebony bridge with piezos in...

Bass of the Week: Shuker Singlecut Elite
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Bass of the Week: Shuker Singlecut Elite

The Shuker Singlecut Elite is one beautiful instrument. Built by luthier Jon Shuker in the UK, the bass is highly customizable with options running from number of strings to top wood to construction type. Standard features include a 7-piece laminated neck made of maple, wenge, and padauk, a walnut body core, and a fingerboard of either Rio Rosewood, ebony, or...

Le Fay Introduces 32? Fretless Singer 4 Bass
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Le Fay Introduces 32? Fretless Singer 4 Bass

Le Fay has introduced a new fretless version of their Singer model with a 32-inch scale and 19mm string spacing. Among the new features is the inclusion of the company’s new single-coil pickups, which have angular thumb rests and a three-point screw arrangement to prevent wobbling. Two pickups are under the bridge pickup cover while the neck cover houses one....

Bass of the Week: Bassline Worp
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Bassline Worp

In experimenting with neck designs, German luthier Rüdiger Ziesemann was looking for a way to improve sustain in his Bassline brand designs. He came up with a radical neck profile with extended mass and a groove on the back for your thumb. The concept was first introduced into his electric upright model called the Universal, but bass guitarist wanted in...

Bass of the Week: Blasius Bali Fretless 4-String
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Bass of the Week: Blasius Bali Fretless 4-String

Hungarian boutique bass shop Blasius designed their Bali model for players who prefer a more classical sounding instrument. Knowing versatility is key, they also included electronics to give it the ability to sound modern, too. Here’s a gorgeous fretless 4-string version of the Bali, built with an 8-piece body of ash, maple and walnut. The bolt-on neck is a 9-piece...

Bass of the Week: Zakrzewski Exclusive
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Zakrzewski Exclusive

Polish luthier Piotr Zakrzewski has some pretty great bass designs, including his Exclusive model. The mid-range of his three basic basses, the Exclusive is a double-cut bass with the lower horn being significantly deeper to provide easy access to the very end of the fingerboard. The Exclusive EX1 01 really caught my eye with its faux f-hole, which provides more...