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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: Verso Musical Instruments Gravis Bass Guitar

Bass of the Week: Verso Musical Instruments Gravis Bass Guitar

Luthier Robin Stummvoll of Verso Musical Instruments has a unique take on basses, but it’s not just for the sake of making something different. His designs are based on his fundamental beliefs of keeping things economical and effective. This week, we're checking out the Gravis Bass Guitar.

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Bass of the Week: Vleck Basses Butterfly

Bass of the Week: Vleck Basses Butterfly

This week we’re checking out a cool design by Vleck Basses called the Butterfly. Built in the Czech Republic, the curvy singlecut bass is crafted with a five-piece ash and wenge neck with an American black walnut body and ash tone block. Its 24-fret fingerboard is made from rosewood.

Bass of the Week: Emiliano Bernal Fretless Seven-String Bass

Bass of the Week: Emiliano Bernal Fretless Seven-String Bass

This week we’re checking out an absolutely stunning fretless seven-string bass by luthier Emiliano Bernal. The elegant instrument’s body was crafted with a spruce top with Amazonian rosewood for the back and sides.

Bass of the Week: America Paz’s Dingwall NG3 “Sailor Bass”

Bass of the Week: America Paz’s Dingwall NG3 “Sailor Bass”

America Paz recently debuted a new look for her Dingwall NG3 to create what she calls the “Sailor Bass.” The stock instrument was painted by artist “El Miedo,” who specializes in applying fluorescent colors to anime styles.

Bass of the Week: Steve Lampasona “Bones” Bass

Bass of the Week: Steve Lampasona “Bones” Bass

Today is Halloween, so we’ve got a frightful electric upright bass for you. Artist, designer, and luthier Steve Lampasona shared his “Bones” Bass, which he crafted with a walnut body, oak neck and bridge, and ebony fingerboard.

Bass of the Week: Tangente Instruments Weaves Frode Berg Signature

Bass of the Week: Tangente Instruments Weaves Frode Berg Signature

This week, we’re taking a look at another killer instrument by Tangente Instruments. His latest build is a version of his Weaves model made as a signature bass for Frode Berg.

Bass of the Week: Sirena Basses Pistolera

Bass of the Week: Sirena Basses Pistolera

For his newest instrument, luthier Jeremy Kirsch wanted to dream up something that was big on fun as well as versatility. His vision became a reality with the Sirena Basses Pistolera.

Bass of the Week: Shaffer Guitars Acoustic Bass Guitar

Bass of the Week: Shaffer Guitars Acoustic Bass Guitar

I recently had a gig in Pennsylvania at the Bedford Fall Foliage Festival. Between sets, I was pleasantly surprised to find Shaffer Guitars displaying an acoustic/electric bass guitar among the vendors.

Bass of the Week: Sletch Guitars Boogie Bass

Bass of the Week: Sletch Guitars Boogie Bass

This week, we’re checking out the Sletch Guitars Boogie Bass. This particular Boogie Bass is the company’s fifth build and is fully handcrafted.

Bass of the Week: Ulrich Bass Design Nicolo Fretless

Bass of the Week: Ulrich Bass Design Nicolo Fretless

This week, we’re checking out the Nicolo, a new fretless model from Ulrich Bass Design with a lot of character. The bass is described as having a unique tone thanks to a “naturally resonating acoustic approach.”

Bass of the Week: Wood Guerilla Basses babyTULIP

Bass of the Week: Wood Guerilla Basses babyTULIP

This week we’re checking out a TULIP model from Wood Guerilla Basses. Dubbed “HoneyBlackCaramel,” the bass is actually a babyTULIP, which takes the single-cut bass and adds a headless tuning system.

Bass of the Week: Daddy Mojo Electrics BeeKay Bass

Bass of the Week: Daddy Mojo Electrics BeeKay Bass

Inspiration can strike from anywhere if you’re open to it. That’s just what happened to Lenny Robert of Daddy Mojo Electrics, and it led to the creation of this cool version of his BeeKay bass model.