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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: Leones JB 541FR Rosewood

Bass of the Week: Leones JB 541FR Rosewood

Leones Guitars shared their latest JB model, and it’s a stunner. The Leones JB 541FR Rosewood is a fretless version of the bass built almost entirely with rosewood.

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Bass of the Week: Meridian Guitars J-24

Bass of the Week: Meridian Guitars J-24

This week we’re checking out a Meridian Guitars J-24 with an ash body and natural finish to let the wood grain speak for itself. The five-stringer’s neck is made from maple that was cut in 1986, which is then topped with a phenolic resin fretboard.

Bass of the Week: AGH Custom Basses Sono Magna Single Cut

Bass of the Week: AGH Custom Basses Sono Magna Single Cut

This week we’re checking out a decked out Sono Magna Single Cut bass by AGH Custom Basses out of the Staffordshire Moorlands town of Leek. AGH says this bass has “the works,” and we believe it.

Bass of the Week: Karel Fošumpaur Flame 1

Bass of the Week: Karel Fošumpaur Flame 1

One of my favorite Facebook groups is “Support Small Bass Builders.” There are plenty of luthiers there that you’ve heard of, but there are also plenty you may not know. Karel Fošumpaur posted his latest 5-string there and it stopped me in my tracks.

Bass of the Week: Endres Guitars 8-String

Bass of the Week: Endres Guitars 8-String

Scott Hayes dropped us a line saying his pal Eli Endres has some serious bass-building skills. To prove his point, he shared this eight-string bass that the luthier just completed.

Bass of the Week: Nichols Guitar Co. Spruce Dylan

Bass of the Week: Nichols Guitar Co. Spruce Dylan

This week we’re checking out the Dylan model by Nichols Guitar Company. While the bass comes with several options, this particular version is a four-string featuring a swamp ash body topped with Engelmann Spruce and Rosewood laminates.

Bass of the Week: Skjold Design Guitars Skjoldslayer 4/34

Bass of the Week: Skjold Design Guitars Skjoldslayer 4/34

I’ve been lucky to see quite a few Skjold Design Basses in my day, but the Skjoldslayer model is one that always grabs my attention. That’s why when someone emailed us luthier Pete Skjold’s latest creation, I was hooked.

Bass of the Week: May Custom Basses DCM4

Bass of the Week: May Custom Basses DCM4

This week we’re checking a bass that luthier Shawn May calls a “super secret fun project.” This version of his DCM4 features a medium 32-inch scale and an amazing flame maple and ebony theme.

Bass of the Week: Gildaxe Devil Magnum

Bass of the Week: Gildaxe Devil Magnum

Geo Kitta of Gildaxe creates unique basses by way of custom art finishes. He also utilizes separate instrument pieces to create interesting hybrid instruments, including this bass he calls the Devil Magnum.

Bass of the Week: Ritter Instruments R8 Acoustic

Bass of the Week: Ritter Instruments R8 Acoustic

Jens Ritter’s basses always blow me away, and this R8 Acoustic model is no different. The four-string bass is crafted from solid red cedar with a maple neck and ebony fingerboard, which is adorned with oval ring inlays.

Bass of the Week: Andre Instruments Maya 3

Bass of the Week: Andre Instruments Maya 3

We’ve got another rare bird for you this week with the Andre Instruments Maya 3. The acoustic/electric bass guitar has a unique design with stunning craftsmanship.

Bass of the Week: Kriz Lenz Ikejima Four Fretless

Bass of the Week: Kriz Lenz Ikejima Four Fretless

This week we’re looking at the Ikejima Four Fretless by Kriz Lenz. The first of the new “Ikejima” design series, the bass features simple materials used in a beautiful way.