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  • Ibanez Reintroduces Artcore AFB200 and AGB200 Basses

    Ibanez Reintroduces Artcore AFB200 and AGB200 Basses

    Ibanez has reintroduced their Artcore series bass models with the AFB200 and the AGB200. The hollow body, short-scale basses each carry an old school vibe with a different tonal palette to separate them. “The AFB200 is geared towards the traditionalist; the player after a huge, warm bass tone perfect for Jazz, Blues, or acoustic sets,”... »

  • Höfner Unveils the H500/5 “Reeperbahn” Bass

    Höfner Unveils the H500/5 “Reeperbahn” Bass

    Höfner has reissued another part of their history with the H500/5 “Reeperbahn” bass. Based on the 500/5 that was produced between the ’50s and ’70s, the instrument features a large hollow body and short scale neck. It was famously used by a Beatle, though not the one you’re thinking of. “Although used by many players... »

  • Bass of the Week: Ray Ross Bass No. 27

    Bass of the Week: Ray Ross Bass No. 27

    Luthier Aaron “Ray” Ross has been cooking up a new style of bridge this year, and he’s created an amazing bass to showcase it. His 27th bass features the new saddle-less “universal bridge.” “Coming up with something new is a violent, painful way to create, this took 4 months of agony and hand work,” Ross... »

  • Fodera Reveals Masterbuilt Yin Yang Hybrid Bass

    Fodera Reveals Masterbuilt Yin Yang Hybrid Bass

    Fodera revealed their fourth and final Masterbuilt bass for the year, and it’s incredible. The Masterbuilt Yin Yang Hybrid combines two signature instruments to pay tribute to their respective owners: Victor Wooten and Anthony Jackson. “Not only are these two artists pioneers in their craft, but also in instrument design through our collaborative relationship,” the... »

  • Höfner Introduces the Club Bass 500/2 Double Cut

    Höfner Introduces the Club Bass 500/2 Double Cut

    Höfner has introduced the Club Bass 500/2 Double Cut, a model inspired by the original 1965 model. The short-scale, hollow body bass dishes out old school tone with a double cutaway design for easy access to the upper register. It’s built with a select spruce top and flame maple for its back and sides, which... »

  • Old School: 1964 Egmond Princess Bass

    Old School: 1964 Egmond Princess Bass

    Steve Leggett reached out to me with the story of a special bass: his 1964 Egmond Princess. Steve shares the history of this bass, including some great details on the company behind it. Make/Model/Year? It’s an Egmond Princess bass from 1964. How long have you owned it? Just over nine years now. How did you... »

  • Warwick Launches Leland Sklar Signature Bass

    Warwick Launches Leland Sklar Signature Bass

    After introducing a prototype at NAMM last year, Warwick has launched the Sklar Bass I Signature bass. Made with legendary session bassist Leland Sklar, the hollowbody four-stringer is based on the Star Bass with modifications for Sklar’s liking including an arm support built into the body. The German master-built instrument is built with a carved... »

  • Eastwood Custom Shop Unveils the Classic 5 Bass

    Eastwood Custom Shop Unveils the Classic 5 Bass

    Eastwood will be introducing a five-string version of their Classic hollow body bass as part of their crowdfunding platform. The Classic 5 Bass will be built with a bound laminated maple body, maple top, and bound f-holes. Similar to the four-string, the fiver is fitted with a pair of EW-Retro humbuckers controlled with a 3-way... »

  • Bass of the Week: Hot Wire Blues Bass

    Bass of the Week: Hot Wire Blues Bass

    Hot Wire Basses took a page out of the old school with their Blues Bass. Modeled after the early fifties Kay Electric Bass, the Blues Bass is a vintage-style hollowbody, which the company notes was often played by four-stringers backing up Blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. While the design imitates an old... »

  • Bass of the Week: Duesenberg Guitars Fullerton Bass

    Bass of the Week: Duesenberg Guitars Fullerton Bass

    This week we’re checking out a sultry hollowbody called the Duesenberg Fullerton Bass. Built after they introduced the Eagles Signature Bass, the company calls the bass a “dynamic brother to the Fullerton Series.” Its body features a laminated spruce top with flamed maple top and sides with cream binding to add a touch of elegance... »