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]
Sander De Gier shared this custom version of his Bebop model on Facebook and it stopped me in my tracks. The luthier wrote a great explanation of the bass, so we’ll let him tell it.
This week we’re checking out an incredible bass by Algan Guitars. The company shared photos of their latest creation, stating “the twisted infinite fingerboard meets multiscale fretless for the first time in the world!”
Nathan Enders shared the latest creation from 96 Art Custom Instruments, which is a neck-through design four-string bass with a killer Buckeye burl top complete with matching pickup covers and knobs.
This week we’re checking out an Alpher Instruments Cobia Prime V2 that features an amazing Candy Orange finish over its one-piece roasted sugar pine body. The five-string bass also has a quartersawn roasted maple neck and fingerboard.
We previously featured a bass by John Sullivan, who built his own bass to be a versatile workhorse. Now he’s shared a killer five-string.
Valenti Basses shared their latest V24-P5, which is a five-string p-style bass with a full 24 frets. This one, which is built with an alder body, has a rocking pink finish matched to a black pickguard.
Prestige Guitars gave some extra mojo to this Custom Shop Phantom Bass. The model already takes its cues from a ’50s bass, but this particular bass’s seafoam green finish and awesome pickguard push things into the ’60s.
This week we’re taking a look at The Enchantress, which is part of the Datu Series by Elegee Custom Guitars. They shared the beauty on Facebook with a rundown of its specs.
Leones Guitars shared their latest JB model, and it’s a stunner. The Leones JB 541FR Rosewood is a fretless version of the bass built almost entirely with rosewood.
This week we’re checking out a Meridian Guitars J-24 with an ash body and natural finish to let the wood grain speak for itself. The five-stringer’s neck is made from maple that was cut in 1986, which is then topped with a phenolic resin fretboard.
This week we’re checking out a decked out Sono Magna Single Cut bass by AGH Custom Basses out of the Staffordshire Moorlands town of Leek. AGH says this bass has “the works,” and we believe it.
One of my favorite Facebook groups is “Support Small Bass Builders.” There are plenty of luthiers there that you’ve heard of, but there are also plenty you may not know. Karel Fošumpaur posted his latest 5-string there and it stopped me in my tracks.