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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: 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.

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Bass of the Week: Fender Custom Shop Adrian Younge Jazz Bass

Bass of the Week: Fender Custom Shop Adrian Younge Jazz Bass

Every instrument from the Fender Custom Shop is extraordinary, but some pieces are absolute masterpieces. Master builder Vincent Van Trigt created one - this jaw-dropping Jazz Bass for producer and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge.

Bass of the Week: Brute Bass Guitars Hex Bass

Bass of the Week: Brute Bass Guitars Hex Bass

David Telfer of Brute Bass Guitars takes cues for some of his instruments from vintage design elements. That includes his Hex model, and this week we’re taking a look at the retro-inspired four-string as our bass of the week.

Bass of the Week: AST Basses & Guitars The Dawn Bass

Bass of the Week: AST Basses & Guitars The Dawn Bass

AST Basses & Guitars celebrated their 100th instrument by creating a masterpiece called The Dawn Bass. The six-string bass sports a quilted maple top that’s inlaid with padauk and ebony to create a Japanese theme.

Bass of the Week: Stoll Guitars The Legendary Acoustic Bass

Bass of the Week: Stoll Guitars The Legendary Acoustic Bass

This week we’re checking out The Legendary Acoustic Bass by Stoll Guitars, which they say offers the sound of a double bass in a bass guitar format. That big sound comes in part from a big body.

Bass of the Week: Peter Hook’s Eccleshall Guitars “Hot Too”

Bass of the Week: Peter Hook’s Eccleshall Guitars “Hot Too”

Peter Hook has recently put up a load of his gear and memorabilia from his New Order days up for auction. This week we’re checking out a custom bass built for him by Chris Eccleshall.

Bass of the Week: De Gier Guitars Custom Bebop

Bass of the Week: De Gier Guitars Custom Bebop

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.

Bass of the Week: Algan Guitars Custom Fretless Multiscale Bass

Bass of the Week: Algan Guitars Custom Fretless Multiscale Bass

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!”

Bass of the Week: 96 Art Custom Instruments Neckthrough Bass Guitar

Bass of the Week: 96 Art Custom Instruments Neckthrough Bass Guitar

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.

Bass of the Week: Alpher Instruments Cobia Prime V2

Bass of the Week: Alpher Instruments Cobia Prime V2

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.

Bass of the Week: John Sullivan 5-String Custom

Bass of the Week: John Sullivan 5-String Custom

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.

Bass of the Week: Valenti Basses V24-P5 #302

Bass of the Week: Valenti Basses V24-P5 #302

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.