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Bass of the Week: Helios Guitars Capsicum Acoustic Bass
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Helios Guitars Capsicum Acoustic Bass

This week we’re checking out a gorgeous instrument made by Helios Guitars called the Capsicum acoustic bass. Made by hand in Italy, the bass features a stunning body crafted from mahogany for the back, Italian walnut for the sides, and white spruce for the top. As beautiful as it looks, each part of the bass was designed with function in...

Bass of the Week: Roks Instruments Microtonal Futura
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Bass of the Week: Roks Instruments Microtonal Futura

We’ve featured some gorgeous basses from Roks Instruments before, but this one comes with a twist. Luthier Axel Roks collaborated with bassist Sanne Verbogt to create a stunning microtonal bass. “Sanne started to see structure in music at the beginning of her conservatory study, which eventually led to her own music theory method: SV Method,” Roks writes on his website....

Italia Guitars Unveils the Maranello Cavo Bass
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Italia Guitars Unveils the Maranello Cavo Bass

Italia Guitars unveiled a handful of new instruments at Musikmesse this year including the Maranello Cavo Bass. The short-scale, semi-hollow four-stringer is described as “packing an enormous punch in a very comfortable package.” Available in Racing Green and Translucent Cocoa colors, the retro-styled bass is built with a chambered mahogany body complete with the company’s signature f-hole design, a set...

Mike Lull Custom Guitars Introduces Short Scale P430 Bass
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Mike Lull Custom Guitars Introduces Short Scale P430 Bass

Mike Lull introduced a new short-scale version of his P-style bass called the P430 at the Winter NAMM Show this year. The P430 will carry the same features of the full-size P4 – such as an alder, swamp ash, or mahogany body – but it will have a short 30-inch scale. That’s something Lull was not interested in doing until...

Wing Instruments Introduces Two New Models
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Wing Instruments Introduces Two New Models

Wing Instruments expanded their product lineup at the NAMM show this year with the Wing Bass NT and Wing Bass 30. The company describes the new models as representing an evolution in their philosophy that “life is short scale.” Similar to the original Wing Bass, the NT measures up at just 21 inches and plays like the top range of...

Taylor Adds Bass Model to GS Mini Series
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Taylor Adds Bass Model to GS Mini Series

Taylor expanded their GS Mini series with a new compact bass model called the GS Mini-e Bass. The instrument has a small 23.5-inch scale, which the company explains is about 10 inches shorter than a standard bass guitar. Even with the reduced scale, the bass’s setup creates deep tones. “Part of the magic is the custom nylon-core strings (with phosphor...

Reverend Guitars Unveils Mike Watt Signature Wattplower Bass
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Reverend Guitars Unveils Mike Watt Signature Wattplower Bass

Bass legend Mike Watt has teamed up with Reverend Guitars for a special signature bass called the Wattplower. The short-scale bass also features a smaller body and is reminiscent of vintage basses that Watt gravitated towards. “He was always modifying the vintage basses,” Reverend writes, “so Joe Naylor built the Wattplower with all of his favorite mods on board, some...

Eastwood To Revive Teisco Spectrum 5 Bass
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Eastwood To Revive Teisco Spectrum 5 Bass

Eastwood’s Custom Shop is reviving another classic instrument with their new model called the Spectrum 5 Bass. Based on the Teisco Spectrum 5, the bass version is a four-string that will feature a precision German carved top in the spirit of the original. The bass will carry many of the same vintage features, though Eastwood had to make a few...

Birdsong Guitars Introduces Sparrow Bass and SD Curlee Phoenix
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Birdsong Guitars Introduces Sparrow Bass and SD Curlee Phoenix

The short-scale masters at Birdsong Guitars have taken things a step further by adding the Sparrow Bass to their lineup. Originally introduced as a prototype, the model features an incredibly short 25.5-inch scale. Birdsong explains on their website: “The thought was this – if our 31? scales behave & speak like 34s, could we do a something even shorter that...

Bass of the Week: Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS
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Bass of the Week: Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS

In 2011, Squier added to their retro-styled Vintage Modified series with the Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS. The model riffs on the Fender Jaguar but pares things down on the controls as well as the scale. Squier describes the 30-inch scale bass as “short and sweet with a big sound”. Its overall design is based on the Fender Jaguar...