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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: Prophecy Instruments PLASMA-4

Bass of the Week: Prophecy Instruments PLASMA-4

This week we’re checking out one of the most evocative basses I’ve seen in a while. The Prophecy Instruments PLASMA-4 has an aesthetic design that pulls from both organic and synthetic themes.

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Bass of the Week: Dooley Designs 5-string P/J Bass

Bass of the Week: Dooley Designs 5-string P/J Bass

This week we’re checking out a five-string P/J bass by Dooley Designs. Luthier Scott Dooley called this bass another learning experience due to its 35-inch scale, preamp mods, extra neck layers, and more.

Bass of the Week: Saitias Guitars Lexell 5

Bass of the Week: Saitias Guitars Lexell 5

Japan’s Saitias Guitars recently shared their new Lexell model, and it’s a real beauty. The bass, named after a comet not seen since the 1770s, was designed as a versatile tool with the help of bassist Wakazaemon.

Bass of the Week: Carillion Guitars Promethean 6 Singlecut

Bass of the Week: Carillion Guitars Promethean 6 Singlecut

This week we’re checking out a Promethean 6 Singlecut by Carillion Guitars. Built for Martino Garattoni of Ne Obliviscaris, the bass is a six-string featuring their Promethean body and Reaver headstock.

Bass of the Week: StoryWood Music 5-String Deluxe “O” Bass

Bass of the Week: StoryWood Music 5-String Deluxe “O” Bass

We’ve featured one bass by Storywood Music before, and luthier Tyler Townsend has just shared their latest bass creation with us: the Deluxe “O” Bass.

Bass of the Week: CG Lutherie Gold Leaf Ubiq

Bass of the Week: CG Lutherie Gold Leaf Ubiq

I always love when fans send in basses that get them excited. This week we’re checking out a jaw-dropping six-string that was sent in by Tyler D.

Bass of the Week: Reverend Guitars Mike Watt Wattplower Mark II

Bass of the Week: Reverend Guitars Mike Watt Wattplower Mark II

Mike Watt is such an icon of the instrument that it’s only fitting his signature bass is equally epic. This week we’re checking out the second version of his Wattplower by Reverend Guitars.

Bass of the Week: AC Guitars Finn R Type 5/33

Bass of the Week: AC Guitars Finn R Type 5/33

Alan Cringean’s basses always grab my attention, which is why one of his latest builds - the Finn R Type 5/33 - stopped my scrolling on Facebook.

Bass of the Week: Tiny Boy Bass TBP-3400BFM

Bass of the Week: Tiny Boy Bass TBP-3400BFM

Micro basses have been growing in popularity over the past few years. This week we’re checking out the Tiny Boy TBP-3400BFM, which has a miniature 23-inch scale. The four-string bass still has 22 frets on its ebony fingerboard.

Bass of the Week: RJ Customs Valupture

Bass of the Week: RJ Customs Valupture

Richard Greenup of RJ Custom recently shared photos of one of his newest builds called the Valupture. The Australian luthier put a magnificent piece of poplar burl on full display for the top and headstock cap.

Bass of the Week: Alusonic Aluminum Instruments Django DC

Bass of the Week: Alusonic Aluminum Instruments Django DC

Alusonic Instruments specializes in building basses with aluminum. That includes the Django DC model, which was made for bassist David Caraccio.

Bass of the Week: Steve McDonald Basses Reeder

Bass of the Week: Steve McDonald Basses Reeder

This week we’re checking out an awesome bass by Steve McDonald Basses called the Reeder. Taking its cues from the classic SG shape, the body has an elongated top horn and forearm for more of an offset look.