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]
This week, we’re taking a look at a special Zoot Bass Boudica built for Mark Newman. The 32-inch scale custom shop bass is dubbed the “Wal-a-like” in part for its Veijo Rautia Multi-coil “Wal” pickups that pay homage to the legendary instruments.
Luthier Geoff St. Germaine of St. Germaine Guitars shared his latest bass build on the “Support Small Bass Builders” Facebook group, and it really caught my eye. This Condor 5 built for Gerald Kebreau features a sleek walnut body with a cocobolo top complemented by wenge and maple accent layers.
Today we’re featuring an instrument the likes of which I’ve never seen before. Invented by Miles Schelling, the Sitar Bass fuses elements of the traditional Indian instrument with a bass.
Atelier Kraken has such a cool style, and they overlay that on to more traditional designs. Their Thunder model is inspired by the Les Paul Junior Tribute DC Bass.
Anka Custom Guitars & Basses shared this five-string version of their Jarius model on Facebook, and it’s too good not to feature. Its alder body comes in a matte blue and black burst.
This week we’re checking out the “Priscilla” bass by Offbeat Guitars, which comes in an Evening Tide Teal finish over its distressed pine body. The cool factor is pumped up even more with a solid brass pickguard and dome knobs.
Popular YouTuber Davie504 recently passed 10 million subscribers on his channel, earning him a Diamond Play Button from the company. The creative bassist knew just what to do with it: turn it into a bass.
Recently, I was able to check Consider the Source on their Hybrid Acoustic/Electric tour. John Ferrara told me about a bass he got to try by Dan Mangrum of Mangrum Basses. The bass builder picked Ferrara’s brain for what he calls the “Echo”.
This week we’re checking out a stunning build by Stankevicius Guitars out of Lithuania. The five-string “Vitoldas” was designed with bassist Lukas Damulis and features an amazing quilted AAAA maple top over a roasted alder body.
This week we’re checking out a brand new ancient bass by Tüi Instruments. Gert Simso shared his latest creation with us, which he calls the Mammothslayer. The spear-shaped body is made from bog oak while the lower bout features a deer horn for a leg rest.
Luthier Marek Dabek of Stradi Basses has been wowing us for years, and this week we’ve got another jaw-dropper. David Sutkin shared his new Stradi Apollo Symphony Bass that is an evolution of the standard Stradi model.
From its very beginnings, the bass has been an ever-evolving instrument. This week’s Bass of the Week is a jaw-dropping Viennese style bass from Wolf Instruments that can be switched to accommodate three, four, and five-string setups.