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 firstname.lastname@example.org
When I saw this Myra Bass 5 by Paul Lairat on my Facebook feed, I stopped in my tracks. The five-string bass has a rich curly redwood top in a special finish to accentuate its deep color.
This week we’re checking out the AVJM5 by AV Basses. Built by luthier Aleš Vychodil, this particular build features a swamp ash body topped with a gorgeous poplar burl top with a matching headstock.
BITE Guitars recently launched the One-Song series, which creates one-off showcase instruments based on a single iconic song. This week we’re checking out the “Stairway-to-Heaven” Bass, which is dedicated to John Paul Jones.
This week we’re checking out a new model by Enfield Guitars called The Belladonna. Clad in all white, the bass has a medium scale, very lightweight, and flexible pickup system.
Wintergatan is a Swedish band that focuses on engineering and innovation to create their music. One of their main creations is the Marble Machine X. The machine previously had a violin-style bass guitar, but they’ve just upgraded it to what they call the “Cyber Bass.”
This week we’re checking out the Amani 5 by Elwray Basses, a single cut instrument with a cool body shape and a few tricks up its sleeve. Luthier Marco Bourse sent us the details including the main aspects of the instrument.
Last year, bass builder and Gibson enthusiast Rob van den Broek built a bass that combined elements of a Thunderbird and a Telecaster. Now, he’s revealed his latest creation called the Brooks Grabbird.
This week we’re checking out bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick’s signature Baron-H bass from Schecter. Available in both left- and right-hand versions, the bass features a semi-hollow mahogany body sporting a unique F-hole.
Alembic recently shared some photos of this bass on their Facebook page and it stopped me in my tracks. I reached out to Mica at Alembic, who filled us in on the details.
Last week, the bass community suffered a major blow with the loss of Mike Lull. Beyond his incredible craftsmanship, Lull was a positive force and an inspiration to all those he met. We wanted to honor him by featuring the M4V/M5V as our bass of the week.
This week we’re checking out the Phantom BF5 by Geist Custom Instruments. Luthier Tim Gospodinov shared that he “enjoys experimenting with tonal characteristics of different shapes and materials...”
The NAMM Show has a row called the Boutique Guitar Showcase, which allows for independent luthiers to show off their instruments. This year I got to catch up with Peter Malinoski of Malinoski Guitars, who showed me his Nero model.