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Birdsong Guitars Introduces Embrace Fretless Bass
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Birdsong Guitars Introduces Embrace Fretless Bass

Custom shop Birdsong Guitars has introduced a new fretless model called the Embrace. The bass, which was prototyped over several years, is a 32? scale fretless neck-through with a single passive soapbar. Described as a “working man’s electric fretless”, the bass is handmade in Texas yet streamlined to offer a price most everyone can reach. Birdsong will be making Embraces...

Ibanez Introduces New Fretless SR Bass Models
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Ibanez Introduces New Fretless SR Bass Models

Ibanez is now offering fretless versions of their SR370 and SR375 models. Aimed at providing fretless basses at a cost-effect price point, the company chose to start with the SR370 due to its maple body which they explain lends itself seamlessly to a fretless version. The SR370F and SR375F are 4- and 5-string basses, respectively, and are built with slim...

A Guide to Making the Switch Fretless Bass
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A Guide to Making the Switch Fretless Bass

Q: I’ve just removed the frets from my first bass, and this is my first experience with a fretless bass. What advice do you have to start out? A: There are two areas of focus for making the switch. At a glance, these might seem to contradict each other, but one applies to practicing and one applies to performance. Fretless...

Duesenberg Introduces D-Bass Fretless Bass
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Duesenberg Introduces D-Bass Fretless Bass

German instrument builder Duesenberg has introduced a fretless version to their D-Bass line of basses. Available in Black and Coral finishes, the D-Bass Fretless carries the same specifications as its predecessors, with the exception of its fretless ebony fingerboard. The D-bass sports an alder body with a hard rock maple neck. Combining vintage-vibe with modern chic, the pickup is Duesenberg’s...

Ruokangas Guitars Introduce Fretless Steambass
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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...

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...

Bass of the Week: Marleaux Diva
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Marleaux Diva

Gerald Marleaux’s artistic flair really shines through in his Diva model, a fretless bass with an avant-garde body shape and three-octave rosewood fingerboard. Designed to have an acoustic resonance reminiscent of an upright bass, the neck-through bass is built with a three-piece padauk neck with a custom choice of woods for the body wings and top. The Diva includes a...

Bass of the Week: Chillbass Pantera
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Chillbass Pantera

This week we take a look at Chillbass Guitars’ Pantera, a sleek fretless bass that takes its cues from minimalism. The bass has a medium, 32″ scale, which the French bass builder explains lowers the string tension and ultimately aids upper register tones, playability, and adds to a “fat low end.” The Pantera has a swamp ash body, maple neck...

Bass of the Week: Waja-Bass Design Telio G.V. 5-String Fretless
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Bass of the Week: Waja-Bass Design Telio G.V. 5-String Fretless

This week we take a look at the Telio G.V. 5-string Fretless from Waja-bass Design. The bass is built by hand in Kempen, Germany and features a striking ergonomic body shape made of swamp-ash and dibetou. Besides sculpting for easier access, the design aims for balance between the body and neck, effectively shifting the the instrument’s focus to the middle...

Warwick Announces Steve Bailey Signature Bass
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Warwick Announces Steve Bailey Signature Bass

Fretless bassist Steve Bailey has joined up with Warwick as an endorsing artist, and the company has just unveiled a new Steve Bailey Signature Bass. The model is a 6-string fretless based on their Streamer, though the design has been modified for better access to the upper register of the neck. The Steve Bailey Signature bass features bolt-on construction and...