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Bass of the Week: HJC Customs Alchemy Fretless 5

Bass of the Week: HJC Customs Alchemy Fretless 5

Back at the Winter NAMM show this year, we ran into our friend Vuyani Wakaba roaming the floor with a smile from ear to ear. He was overjoyed by his new HJC Customs Fretless Alchemy 5, which is this week’s Bass of the Week. Wakaba teamed up with luthier Harold J. Cagle for the custom creation. It features an African...

Bass of the Week: Oliver Lang Instruments Limes “Erik”

Bass of the Week: Oliver Lang Instruments Limes “Erik”

This week we check out the Limes bass, a unique singlecut design that’s handmade by Oliver Lang Instruments. The series came as a collaboration between Lang and his customer Michael after meeting at a fretless workshop. Together they created the first of the Limes series, dubbed the “Erik,” which features a five-piece maple and walnut neck, walnut body wings with...

Bass of the Week: Godin Shifter

Bass of the Week: Godin Shifter

Available in 4- and 5-string versions, the Godin Shifter bass is an interesting take on old school aesthetic. Its neck, headstock, and body will look familiar to many, but its pickup system is the real magic. The Shifter has three soapbar, passive single coil alnico pickups with extra large magnets. Each pickup can be selected individually or used in combination...

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Bass of the Week: MonoNeon’s Microtonal Bass

Bass of the Week: MonoNeon’s Microtonal Bass

Most No Treble readers will recognize MonoNeon as a forward thinking bassist with a unique style that blends R&B with modern experimental music. He often plays with microtonality, meaning he uses quarter tones in addition to semi-tones that are created on fretted instruments. “My fascination with microtonality is ‘casual’, similar to my fascination with Dadaism, Color Field, and other visual...

Bass of the Week: KlangKraft Tiefdruck IV EMG

Bass of the Week: KlangKraft Tiefdruck IV EMG

This week we take a look at the Klangkraft “Tiefdruck” IV EMG, a bass the company designed with modern rock and metal players in mind. The body features nice 3D body shaping for comfort with a matte black finish for aesthetic appeal. The European-made bass is created with an ash body, hard rock maple neck, and an ebony fretboard that...

Bass of the Week: Anaconda Crusher Standard CX5

Bass of the Week: Anaconda Crusher Standard CX5

Facebook is great for discovering new and beautiful instruments. Our friend Russ Sargeant posted a picture of this fantastic Anaconda Crusher Standard and I was hooked. Built in England, the hand-crafted bass has some nice curves for ergonomics and aesthetics. The Crusher comes in several flavors, with the Standard version offering all of the most important features in a clean...

Bass of the Week: Helios Guitars Evolution 4 Custom

Bass of the Week: Helios Guitars Evolution 4 Custom

This week we check out the Evolution 4 Custom by Helios Guitars. Made in Italy, the bass is completely handcrafted to benefit its tonal qualities. “Various instruments benefit the typical industry process of precision (in the cut, calibration, painting etc.),” Helios writes, “but suffer the stress of the prime material through the carving phases: high temperatures can be reached by...

Bass of the Week: Murray Kuun Elemental

Bass of the Week: Murray Kuun Elemental

Murray Kuun is a South African luthier who admits he came to the profession relatively late in life, but his passion is in creating fresh designs. “I am not keen on making copies of instruments that have been copied ad nauseam,” he shared. “All my instruments are original designs.” His first bass model is the Elemental, a neck-thru bass with...

Bass of the Week: Bee Basses Worker Bee 5

Bass of the Week: Bee Basses Worker Bee 5

This week we check out a cool collaboration between Bee Basses luthier Fred Bolton and Dan Lenard of the boutique bass website Luthiers Access Group. While many Bee Basses instruments are ordered as extended range instruments, Bolton and Lenard decided to create a “normal” bass in the form of a 5-string. The resulting Worker Bee 5 is still beyond normal....

Bass of the Week: Fibenare Guitars Globe Bass

Bass of the Week: Fibenare Guitars Globe Bass

This week we check out the Globe Bass from the bass builders at Fibernare. The Hungarian company was created by brothers Attila, Csaba, and Arpad Benedek who didn’t have access to the guitars they wanted when they were younger and Hungary was behind the iron curtain. The brothers decided to build their own, and continually working to improve their own...

Bass of the Week: Nick Schendzielos’ Warwick Custom Shop Infinity 5

Bass of the Week: Nick Schendzielos’ Warwick Custom Shop Infinity 5

Nearly every bassist loves to plan out their dream bass, and a lucky few get to see that dream come to fruition. This week we check out a beautiful Warwick Custom Shop Infinity that Job for a Cowboy/Cephalic Carnage bassist Nick Schendzielos pieced together. Based on the company’s Infinity body shape, Schendzielos picked out every aspect of the instrument, which...

Bass of the Week: Alpher Instruments Mako Elite MBL 5

Bass of the Week: Alpher Instruments Mako Elite MBL 5

Chris from Alpher Instruments sent us a few shots of their latest creation, a Mako Elite MBL 5, and we were stunned. The sheer beauty of the deluxe walnut top in the company’s curvy Mako shape makes for one gorgeous instrument. Alpher makes their instruments by hand in their Yorkshire, England shop. This particular bass was commissioned by the Manchester...