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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: Belforti Instruments M3

Bass of the Week: Belforti Instruments M3

This week, we’re checking out a stunning bass from the Paris-based manufacturer Belforti Instruments. This Model 3 from the M Series features an incredible one-piece flamed eucalyptus top over its roasted ash body.

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Bass of the Week: Ristic Guitars BK4 David Sutkin Signature II

Bass of the Week: Ristic Guitars BK4 David Sutkin Signature II

Sasha Ristic of Ristic Guitars has shared their latest bass creation: the BK4 David Sutkin Signature II. Built for the Apollo’s Ghost bassist and Bass Upfront founder, the elegant axe features neck-through construction, a 5-piece wenge and purpleheart neck, walnut body wings, and a jaw-dropping Indian laurel top.

Bass of the Week: Inverse Guitars Crayfish Bass

Bass of the Week: Inverse Guitars Crayfish Bass

This week, we’re checking out the Crayfish bass built by Martin Epding of Inverse Guitars. Epding, who first started experimenting with headless designs in 1982, says his basses offer fresh ideas without sacrificing standard features.

Bass of the Week: Vuorensaku Guitars T.Family Jesper Bass

Bass of the Week: Vuorensaku Guitars T.Family Jesper Bass

Vuorensaku brought this bass to the Umeå Guitar Show earlier this month, and I’m fairly certain it could be called a showstopper. The T.Family Jesper Bass is a collaboration with artist Jesper Eriksson, who took their four-string and gave it an amazing aesthetic.

Bass of the Week: MBJ Guitars Chewy Bass

Bass of the Week: MBJ Guitars Chewy Bass

Meeting other bassists is one of my favorite things about being on the road. Sometimes, I’m even lucky enough to try out their basses, which is exactly what happened after a show when I got my hands on the MBJ Guitars “Chewy” Bass.

Bass of the Week: Valenti Basses T21-P4

Bass of the Week: Valenti Basses T21-P4

Luthier Nino Valenti recently shared one of his builds in the No Treble Facebook group, and it got a lot of attention. Valenti’s T21-P4 is his take on the timeless P-bass style. It features a traditional full-sized P body with a rounder 1/2-inch body edge radius.

Bass of the Week: Schecter Guitars dUg Pinnick DP-12

Bass of the Week: Schecter Guitars dUg Pinnick DP-12

King’s X bassist and vocalist dUg Pinnick is renowned for his huge tone. That comes partly from his instruments, including this 12-string artist model bass from Schecter.

Bass of the Week: CUTEbass 532 Prototype

Bass of the Week: CUTEbass 532 Prototype

Atticus Lazenby has shared another prototype of a production model bass for his latest project called CUTEbass. CUTE is an acronym for Comfort, Utility, Tone, Ergonomics.

Bass of the Week: Anka Custom Basses Jarius 33″

Bass of the Week: Anka Custom Basses Jarius 33″

This week, we’re checking out a custom Jarius bass from Anka Custom Guitars & Basses with a streamlined design. The 33-inch-scale bass pares things down from the standard Jarius design, which has a pair of single-coil pickups.

Bass of the Week: Camarota Instruments Vinta “Tiger Koi” Bass

Bass of the Week: Camarota Instruments Vinta “Tiger Koi” Bass

This week we’re checking out a new signature bass by Camarota Instruments for the mighty Lorenzo Feliciati. The Vinta MkII “Tiger Koi” has an alder body with a stunning flamed redwood top that gives the beast its stripes.

Bass of the Week: Sandman Dream Guitars Trident

Bass of the Week: Sandman Dream Guitars Trident

Sandman Dream Guitars recently shared a custom build for a customer that looks downright mythical. Dubbed “Trident,” the five-string bass has an incredible book-matched hybrid wood and resin top.

Bass of the Week: LEH Guitars Offset 5-String

Bass of the Week: LEH Guitars Offset 5-String

Luthier Ellis Hahn of LEH Guitars wrote in to share a killer bass made for a killer bassist. This LEH Offset 5-string was made for the inimitable Tim Lefebvre.