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  • Bass of the Week: F Bass BNF Fretless

    Bass of the Week: F Bass BNF Fretless

    The F Bass BNF is a fretless version of their BN model that the company says offers a “traditional fretless tone.” Available in 4-, 5- and 6-string versions, the BNF features a sleek Gabon ebony fingerboard, a 3-piece quartersawn maple neck, and a body constructed of a maple center block and ash wings. Its pickups... »

  • Bass of the Week: Line 6 Variax Bass 700

    Bass of the Week: Line 6 Variax Bass 700

    This week we take a look at the Line 6 Variax Bass 700, an interesting bass that was produced during the 2000’s. It included special modeling software to reproduce tons of classic bass sounds, ranging from a ’61 Jazz Bass to a ’03 Thumb to bass synths. The Variax used piezo bridge saddles to capture... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Stash Stainless Bass Guitar

    Bass of the Week: Stash Stainless Bass Guitar

    While perusing Facebook, I stumbled upon this uber-sleek, uber-unique instrument: The Stash Stainless Bass Guitar. Designed and built by Stanislaw Potyrala in Mississauga, Ontario, the bass is made entirely of stainless steel, which the company says improves stiffness, mechanical and environmental stability, sound quality and tunability. “The only disadvantage is that rock stars will not... »

  • Bass of the Week: Dingwall Z3

    Bass of the Week: Dingwall Z3

    Known best for their use of the Novax fanned-fret system, Dingwall decided to capture classic tones with their Z-series. The Z1 set out to “capture the best qualities of the classic swamp ash tone” by placing their Super-Fatty pickups in the same relative positions as traditional designs. The Z2 then put the pickups closer together... »

  • Bass of the Week: ODD Guitars Hive 3D Printed Bass Guitar

    Bass of the Week: ODD Guitars Hive 3D Printed Bass Guitar

    As 3D printing becomes a more accessible means of creation, it seems that imagination is our only limit. ODD Guitars realized this and put the technology to use in instruments. “3D printing allows designs to be manufactured that could not be manufactured through traditional means,” the company writes on their website. “The 3D Printing technology... »

  • Bass of the Week: Carvin SB4000

    Bass of the Week: Carvin SB4000

    In 2009, Carvin teamed up with Sekou Bunch to create the SB4000, a bass the company says was designed with “vintage vibe.” The U.S.-made bass is a 4-string, though a 5-string SB5000 is available with many of the same specs. Standard features on the SB4000 include an alder body, eastern hard rock maple neck, and... »

  • Bass of the Week: Ibanez BTB776PB

    Bass of the Week: Ibanez BTB776PB

    This week we look at the Ibanez BTB776PB, a six-string bass featuring a hot poplar burl top. Ibanez created the BTB line to create a boutique feel by implementing the same concepts without the boutique price. The line, including the BTB776PB, features a 35˝ scale, select body materials, neck-thru construction, and deep cutaways. The BTB... »

  • Bass of the Week: Emerald Guitars Flow Bass

    Bass of the Week: Emerald Guitars Flow Bass

    The Emerald Guitars Flow Bass is quite a unique instrument. The body is built with a singular exoskeleton made of carbon fiber that’s then filled with the company’s “acoustic tone compound,” which they say can be tailored to create different fundamental tones just like different tone woods. “Our specially developed compound contains tiny air pockets... »

  • Bass of the Week: David Gage Czech-Ease Double Bass

    Bass of the Week: David Gage Czech-Ease Double Bass

    Anyone who has traveled with an upright bass knows that it can be a real hassle. While electric upright basses are easier to get around, they don’t give the same feel and response as their acoustic brethren. Renowned luthier David Gage reacted to the issue by designing the Czech-Ease: a full scale double bass that... »

  • Bass of the Week: Warwick Thumb NT

    Bass of the Week: Warwick Thumb NT

    The Warwick Thumb NT is one of their flagship models that packs in features the company is best known, such as the choice of exotic woods. NT stands for Neck Through construction, but the design is a little more intricate than most since the top is solid. Warwick employs exotic woods for the Thumb including... »