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Bass of the Week

The old adage is true: so many basses, so little time. That’s why we’re bringing you the “Bass of the Week,” a column featuring low-end instruments ranging from beautiful to bizarre. Have a bass you think we should feature? Drop us a note at [email protected]

Bass of the Week: Hot Wire Bass Funderbird III

Bass of the Week: Hot Wire Bass Funderbird III

The Hot Wire Funderbird III is a three-string bass first commissioned by Magnum Coltrane Price from the company in 2003. Although it omits the fourth string, the bass retains all the dimensions of a standard bass.

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Bass of the Week: Beardly Customs “The Beast”

Bass of the Week: Beardly Customs “The Beast”

You can never be too safe these days. So for your consideration is a bass by Beardly Customs called “The Beast,” which they say doubles as a bass and a deadly weapon for slaying zombies.

Bass of the Week: Chris Seldon Guitars Alchemist 534

Bass of the Week: Chris Seldon Guitars Alchemist 534

Luthier Chris Seldon has shared one of his latest creations with us, and it’s absolutely stunning. This five-string Alchemist 534 is crafted with an African Mahogany body and a maple burl top that has us drooling.

Bass of the Week: RG Custom Basses 5-String

Bass of the Week: RG Custom Basses 5-String

This week we’re checking out a slick five-string from RG Custom Basses out of Nashville. The bass is set up to be a slapper with a Brubaker Musicman humbucker matched to a Seymour Duncan three-band EQ with a push/pull “slap switch.”

Bass of the Week: Swan Guitars Swan Special

Bass of the Week: Swan Guitars Swan Special

This Swan Special by Swan Guitars is a real treat for the eyes as well as the ears. The five-string model has a two-piece ash body topped with a beautifully complex flame maple top.

Bass of the Week: Mayones Guitars Caledonius Classic 5 Custom

Bass of the Week: Mayones Guitars Caledonius Classic 5 Custom

This week we’re checking out a spectacular Caledonius Classic 5 Custom from Poland’s Mayones Guitars. The elegant neck-through five-string is brought to life with a five-piece wenge and purpleheart neck and swamp ash body wings.

Bass of the Week: Retrovibe T32 Telenbacker

Bass of the Week: Retrovibe T32 Telenbacker

This week we’re checking out a cool and affordable bass by Retrovibe called the T32 “Telenbacker”. The medium-scale bass is a mashup of Telecaster and Rickenbacker basses that weighs in at 8.2 pounds.

Bass of the Week: AJRGuitar Mods Swift Triple

Bass of the Week: AJRGuitar Mods Swift Triple

Andy Rogers of AJRGuitar Mods shared another incredible build with us called the Swift Triple. The short-scale headless design was commissioned by a customer who wanted to blend a traditional look with modern features.

Bass of the Week: Nishgaki Guitars Tempesta 5 Indigo Blue

Bass of the Week: Nishgaki Guitars Tempesta 5 Indigo Blue

Luthier Yuki Nishgaki of Nishgaki Guitars draws his inspiration from nature. That’s clear on this gorgeous semi-hollow Tempesta bass, which summons visions of huge waves of sound.

Bass of the Week: Ortiz Murcio Guitars & Basses Bubblegum 6

Bass of the Week: Ortiz Murcio Guitars & Basses Bubblegum 6

This week we’re checking out the Bubblegum 6 made by Ortiz Murcio Guitars & Basses in Mexico City. The multi-scale six-string is at once raw and refined in its design, which the builder created to get the most bang for your buck.

Bass of the Week: Manne Guitars Acoustibass Satin Special 4

Bass of the Week: Manne Guitars Acoustibass Satin Special 4

Sometimes you look at a bass and can just imagine how it sounds. This one, I think, sounds like chocolate. The Manne Guitars Acoustibass Satin Special 4 is a fretless built with a sycamore body and poplar burl top in a satin finish.

Bass of the Week: MG Bass Guitars New Extreman

Bass of the Week: MG Bass Guitars New Extreman

MG Bass Guitars has a special talent for combining woods and shapes to create functional works of art. This New Extreman is a prime example of that.