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]
Alan Cringean’s basses always grab my attention, which is why one of his latest builds - the Finn R Type 5/33 - stopped my scrolling on Facebook.
Micro basses have been growing in popularity over the past few years. This week we’re checking out the Tiny Boy TBP-3400BFM, which has a miniature 23-inch scale. The four-string bass still has 22 frets on its ebony fingerboard.
Richard Greenup of RJ Custom recently shared photos of one of his newest builds called the Valupture. The Australian luthier put a magnificent piece of poplar burl on full display for the top and headstock cap.
Alusonic Instruments specializes in building basses with aluminum. That includes the Django DC model, which was made for bassist David Caraccio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”