Skip to main content

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 botw@notreble.com

Bass of the Week: Alembic Signature Deluxe “Balance B”

Bass of the Week: Alembic Signature Deluxe “Balance B”

Alembic recently shared some photos of this bass on their Facebook page and it stopped me in my tracks. I reached out to Mica at Alembic, who filled us in on the details.

Get Bass of the Week in your inbox.

Don’t miss a Bass of the Week. Sign up for email alerts (every Monday).

Bass of the Week: Mike Lull Custom Guitars M4V/M5V

Bass of the Week: Mike Lull Custom Guitars M4V/M5V

Last week, the bass community suffered a major blow with the loss of Mike Lull. Beyond his incredible craftsmanship, Lull was a positive force and an inspiration to all those he met. We wanted to honor him by featuring the M4V/M5V as our bass of the week.

Bass of the Week: Geist Custom Instruments Phantom BF5

Bass of the Week: Geist Custom Instruments Phantom BF5

This week we’re checking out the Phantom BF5 by Geist Custom Instruments. Luthier Tim Gospodinov shared that he “enjoys experimenting with tonal characteristics of different shapes and materials...”

Bass of the Week: Malinoski Guitars Nero Bass #395

Bass of the Week: Malinoski Guitars Nero Bass #395

The NAMM Show has a row called the Boutique Guitar Showcase, which allows for independent luthiers to show off their instruments. This year I got to catch up with Peter Malinoski of Malinoski Guitars, who showed me his Nero model.

Bass of the Week: Burretone Guitars PS 51 Tribute

Bass of the Week: Burretone Guitars PS 51 Tribute

Greece’s Burretone Guitars makes handcrafted instruments based on vintage designs. Their first build of 2020 is for a customer who wanted a tribute to the classic 1951 Precision in all maple.

Bass of the Week: BlueLotus Basses BLSC4

Bass of the Week: BlueLotus Basses BLSC4

This week we’re checking out the BlueLotus Basses BLSC4, a singlecut neck-through design built by Matt Scarpa. The luthier crafted it around a five-piece quarter-sawn hard maple and wenge neck.

Bass of the Week: Dunable Guitars Joe Lester’s Cyclops 6-String Bass

Bass of the Week: Dunable Guitars Joe Lester’s Cyclops 6-String Bass

Intronaut bassist Joe Lester recently shared a post about his newest instrument with the simple caption “Holy smokes!” I couldn’t have put it better myself.

Bass of the Week: Polaris Basses Shorty “Mango”

Bass of the Week: Polaris Basses Shorty “Mango”

This week we’re checking out an exotic number from Australia’s Polaris Basses. This Shorty model is dubbed the “Mango” due to its striking mango top covering a sapele body.

Best of 2019: Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass of the Week Features

Best of 2019: Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass of the Week Features

We’ve been running our Bass of the Week feature every week since 2011 with the goal of “showcasing low-end instruments ranging from beautiful to bizarre.” Of the 50-plus basses we featured in 2019, here are the top 10 reader favorites.

Bass of the Week: Sawtooth Rudy Sarzo Signature Acoustic-Electric Bass

Bass of the Week: Sawtooth Rudy Sarzo Signature Acoustic-Electric Bass

Rudy Sarzo has played in a variety of situations, from Quiet Riot to Ozzy Osbourne to The Guess Who to Michael Angelo Batio. This week we’re checking out his signature acoustic bass guitar from Sawtooth.

Bass of the Week: Stellart Guitars Athena

Bass of the Week: Stellart Guitars Athena

This week we’re checking out the Stellart Guitars Athena, which is a gorgeous five-string bass featuring a chambered body and neck-through construction.

Bass of the Week: Carbonetti Guitars Constantine

Bass of the Week: Carbonetti Guitars Constantine

Mitch Friedman recently shared photos during the creation of his new bass by Carbonetti Guitars. Even in its rough forms, I knew it was going to be a monster. Now the bass, dubbed “Constantine,” is finished.