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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 botw@notreble.com

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...

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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...

Bass of the Week: Musicvox Spaceranger

Bass of the Week: Musicvox Spaceranger

The Musicvox Spaceranger Bass looks like it comes out of a ’60s atomic age sci-fi flick. The wacky design is set apart by its elongated lower horn and unique headstock that oozes personality. In this vein, the Spaceranger is built for a vintage bass tone to match its retro vibes. The Spaceranger is built with a mahogany body, maple neck,...

Bass of the Week: Brubaker Brute MJX Series

Bass of the Week: Brubaker Brute MJX Series

This week we check out the Brubaker Brute MJX series. A production version of luthier Kevin Brubaker’s design, the MJX hints at classic basses with a modern take. The Brute MJX series is available in 4- and 5-string versions. Each bass is built with an alder body, maple neck, and maple fretboard with 22 frets. They sport an MM/J pickup...

Bass of the Week: Jon Willis’ Billy Sheehan “Wife” Bass Replica

Bass of the Week: Jon Willis’ Billy Sheehan “Wife” Bass Replica

Jon Willis shared a photo of his pride and joy on our Facebook page, and needless to say I was floored by the instrument. But the story behind it is even better. The bass is a near perfect replica of Billy Sheehan’s famous Wife bass, which the Mr. Big bassist used from his very first gig in 1971 until the...

Bass of the Week: DiPinto Guitars Belvedere Deluxe Bass

Bass of the Week: DiPinto Guitars Belvedere Deluxe Bass

The DiPinto Belvedere Deluxe bass is a hot rod with strings. The retro styled bass has is adorned with an extensive pearl pickguard, white binding, star inlays in the fretboard and a sparkle finished headstock. The bass is built with a semi-hollow mahogany body, a bolt-on maple neck, and ebony fingerboard. DiPinto adds some extra flair with chrome covers for...

Bass of the Week: CG Lutherie Sequel 5-String Hollow Body Fretless

Bass of the Week: CG Lutherie Sequel 5-String Hollow Body Fretless

I got a tip to check out CG Lutherie, a French bass builder, and I’m glad I did. The company’s Sequel bass is an interesting take on a hollow body with multiple sound holes on the bass side of the instrument. This 5-string fretless Sequel is built with a black limba body a neck of garapa and rosewood. It’s tied...