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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: Lignum Sub Octave Bass

Bass of the Week: Lignum Sub Octave Bass

Nate Navarro may be the new champion of every bassist’s favorite game of “How Low Can You Go?” The bassist, who has been on the road with Porcupine Tree, collaborated with Lignum to create a sub octave bass.

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Bass Of The Week: Nick Lloyd Basses #55

Bass Of The Week: Nick Lloyd Basses #55

Edgar Meyer’s double bass, made by Giovanni Battista Gabrielli in 1769, is an amazing instrument. Nick Lloyd spent a lot of time thinking about it, and ultimately Paul Kowert commissioned him to make a copy.

Bass of the Week: Otto Bass Design Otto 5

Bass of the Week: Otto Bass Design Otto 5

This week, we’re featuring a gorgeous bass built by Osman Alkan of Otto Bass Design. This Otto 5 caught my eye with its Pacific quilted maple and resin hybrid top, but there are plenty of amazing features beyond that.

Bass of the Week: Adal Guitars Lobella Series 5-String

Bass of the Week: Adal Guitars Lobella Series 5-String

Max Coronado of Adal Guitars sent us some photos of his new Lobella Series five-string bass, and we immediately wanted more.

Best of 2022: Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass of the Week Features

Best of 2022: Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass of the Week Features

For over ten years, Kevin Johnson has been publishing his Bass of the Week series. His goal since the beginning was to feature “low-end instruments ranging from beautiful to bizarre.” Here are the top 10 reader-favorites for 2022.

Bass of the Week: Capurso Guitars Sniper Deluxe Six-String Bass

Bass of the Week: Capurso Guitars Sniper Deluxe Six-String Bass

This week we’re checking out a six-string Sniper Deluxe by Italy’s Capurso Guitars. The bass has a beautiful poplar burl top in a purpleburst finish that looks like a photo of a galaxy.

Bass of the Week: Unicorn Bass Purist

Bass of the Week: Unicorn Bass Purist

Roger Hedin shared his brand new bass with us, and it’s a beauty. Built by Swedish luthier Christian Olsson, this Unicorn Bass Purist was customized for Hedin’s preferences and specs.

Bass of the Week: Lassila Guitars “Golden Gorgeous”

Bass of the Week: Lassila Guitars “Golden Gorgeous”

Bassist Etienne Reynaud wrote in to share his newest bass with us, and it’s a beauty. Nicknamed the Golden Gorgeous, the bass was built by Hayden Lassila of Lassila Guitars.

Bass of the Week: Verso Musical Instruments Gravis Bass Guitar

Bass of the Week: Verso Musical Instruments Gravis Bass Guitar

Luthier Robin Stummvoll of Verso Musical Instruments has a unique take on basses, but it’s not just for the sake of making something different. His designs are based on his fundamental beliefs of keeping things economical and effective. This week, we're checking out the Gravis Bass Guitar.

Bass of the Week: Vleck Basses Butterfly

Bass of the Week: Vleck Basses Butterfly

This week we’re checking out a cool design by Vleck Basses called the Butterfly. Built in the Czech Republic, the curvy singlecut bass is crafted with a five-piece ash and wenge neck with an American black walnut body and ash tone block. Its 24-fret fingerboard is made from rosewood.

Bass of the Week: Emiliano Bernal Fretless Seven-String Bass

Bass of the Week: Emiliano Bernal Fretless Seven-String Bass

This week we’re checking out an absolutely stunning fretless seven-string bass by luthier Emiliano Bernal. The elegant instrument’s body was crafted with a spruce top with Amazonian rosewood for the back and sides.

Bass of the Week: America Paz’s Dingwall NG3 “Sailor Bass”

Bass of the Week: America Paz’s Dingwall NG3 “Sailor Bass”

America Paz recently debuted a new look for her Dingwall NG3 to create what she calls the “Sailor Bass.” The stock instrument was painted by artist “El Miedo,” who specializes in applying fluorescent colors to anime styles.