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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 botw@notreble.com

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.

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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.

Bass of the Week: Sugi Guitars NB5 Dream Catcher 33 Bass

Bass of the Week: Sugi Guitars NB5 Dream Catcher 33 Bass

When you look at this bass, you might suspect it was built in the Southwest due to its design and turquoise coloring. However, the NB5 Dream Catcher 33 is a custom bass made by Japan’s Sugi Guitars.

Bass of the Week: iVee Guitars “TTT Bass” Misery 3030

Bass of the Week: iVee Guitars “TTT Bass” Misery 3030

This week we’re taking a look at the insanely intricate bass luthier Ivan Mulia calls the “TTT Bass” Misery 3030. The bass features finely detailed, acid-etched aluminum plates for the body top and back, as well as the fretless fingerboard.

Bass of the Week: Jillard Guitars Armada Bass

Bass of the Week: Jillard Guitars Armada Bass

This week we’re checking out a stunning Armada bass by Jillard Guitars. The bass has a multi-scale neck running from 36.75 inches to 34 inches with slanted frets to adjust for each string.

Bass of the Week: Bergfels Guitars John-Eric Signature Custom Bass

Bass of the Week: Bergfels Guitars John-Eric Signature Custom Bass

Bergfels Guitars, founded by builder Stefan Kirchner, recently completed a custom bass for bassist John-Eric. At first glance, it seems fairly traditional, but further inspection reveals tons of modern features.

Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette Vintage-Style Bass

Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette Vintage-Style Bass

We recently shared the modern half of Frederiek de Vette’s “new school versus old school” two-bass build. Now we’re taking a look at the more traditional instrument.