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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: Musicvox Space Cadet Custom 12-String Bass

Bass of the Week: Musicvox Space Cadet Custom 12-String Bass

This week we’re taking a look at a new limited edition 12-string bass built by Musicvox called the Space Cadet. This version features a 3-tone sunburst over a flame maple top for a dynamite combo.

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Bass of the Week: Carl Thompson Full Frills Serial #12520

Bass of the Week: Carl Thompson Full Frills Serial #12520

Carl Thompson is a pioneer of bass building, and he’s still pushing the limits and building world-class instruments. This week we’re checking out his latest build, made for Brian Kelly, who got a Full-Frills model with an enormous 38-inch scale.

Bass of the Week: Singleton Guitars Stellar Funk5

Bass of the Week: Singleton Guitars Stellar Funk5

Singleton Guitars’ Stellar Funk5 bass features a killer purple and pearl yin yang design. It’s hand-crafted by luthier Mark Singleton, who built it with a Western Red cedar body, a flamed maple neck, and a bubinga fingerboard.

Bass of the Week: Benavente Guitars SCB Hybrid 7-String

Bass of the Week: Benavente Guitars SCB Hybrid 7-String

This week we’re checking out an amazing seven-string bass built by Chris Benavente for the great Al Caldwell. The beastly instrument features an alder hollow body design that is four inches thick and topped with a gorgeous piece of 5A quilted maple.

Bass of the Week: Manton Customs Titan 6-String Bass

Bass of the Week: Manton Customs Titan 6-String Bass

Daniel Brunn shared his new six-string Titan bass built by Robin Manton of Manton Customs and we were instantly intrigued. As modern as it looks, the instrument is inspired in part by instruments from the 17th century.

Bass of the Week: Stradi Reformer

Bass of the Week: Stradi Reformer

Stradi is known for their beautiful blend of modern and classical elements in their designs, but this week we’re taking a look at a more traditional electric bass called the Reformer - our bass of the week.

Bass of the Week: Ibanez TCB1006 Thundercat Signature Bass

Bass of the Week: Ibanez TCB1006 Thundercat Signature Bass

Thundercat’s bass is as unique as his playing, so this week we’re taking a look at his signature model from Ibanez. The massive six-string hollow body is made in the company’s Japanese custom shop with curly maple for the back and sides and quilted maple for its top.

Bass of the Week: Marleaux Basses MBass Big Hollow 5-String Fretless

Bass of the Week: Marleaux Basses MBass Big Hollow 5-String Fretless

Master luthier Gerald Marleaux is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Marleaux Basses this year, and he continues to experiment and dream up new instruments. This week we’re checking out the MBass Big Hollow 5-String Fretless.

Bass of the Week: Odieng Red Viper 5

Bass of the Week: Odieng Red Viper 5

Many entry-level basses are built in factories in Indonesia, but the country also has plenty of highly skilled luthiers. This week we’re checking out the Odieng Red Viper 5 that is absolutely decked out.

Bass of the Week: De Gier Soulmate

Bass of the Week: De Gier Soulmate

Sander de Gier is often asked for a lightweight bass, especially in his vintage-styled Soulmate model. In order to achieve a lower weight, he explored different body woods and built three basses that are otherwise identical.

Bass of the Week: Jackson X Series Concert Bass CBXNT IV

Bass of the Week: Jackson X Series Concert Bass CBXNT IV

Jackson’s X Series features versions of their classic designs with modern upgrades in playability in an affordable package. Their Concert bass shape got the treatment several times over, including this X Series Concert Bass CBXNT IV in a cool matte army drab finish.

Bass of the Week: Wreck Guitars Hope 6

Bass of the Week: Wreck Guitars Hope 6

Today we’re featuring a gorgeous bass sent in by its owner, Apok Folken. His Wreck Guitars Hope 6 is the second instrument he got from the builder.