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Bass of the Week: Keybass 3.0

Bass of the Week: Keybass 3.0

We love innovative basses, so when Jonathan Dauphinais announced the Keybass 3.0, we were pumped. The instrument is a bass guitar with a keyboard synthesizer mounted to its lower half so that each can be played simultaneously. Dauphinais first started experimenting in 2007. This is the third model of his concept, which was completely custom made. “I did major modifications...

Bass of the Week: Jack Casady’s Ribbecke Guitars “Diana” Bass

Bass of the Week: Jack Casady’s Ribbecke Guitars “Diana” Bass

The best basses come together through a mixture of inspiration, art, and technology. This week we check out a one-of-a-kind instrument that was born of all three ingredients: the Diana Bass by Ribbecke Guitars. In late 2012, bass legend Jack Casady lost his wife Diana after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Casady pondered ways he could honor her memory before...

Bass of the Week: Lieber Guitars Spellbinder 2001

Bass of the Week: Lieber Guitars Spellbinder 2001

Stanley Clarke has not only pushed the way people play the bass, he’s helped to push the way people build the bass. The legendary player is known for experimenting with new concepts in bass designs ranging from body materials, electronics, and tunings. In 1979, Clarke commissioned luthier Thomas Lieber to build an all composite bass. Their partnership resulted in a...

Bass of the Week: Omy Guitars CM6 Headless

Bass of the Week: Omy Guitars CM6 Headless

This week we check out a gorgeous CM6 by Omy Guitars. Built in Turkey, this particular bass features a headless, 33″ scale design that finished in a blue burst satin finish that makes its figured maple top really pop. Its alder body is matched with a three-piece male and walnut neck with two way truss and graphite rod reinforcements. Although...

Bass of the Week: Tony Cochran Mercy Bass

Bass of the Week: Tony Cochran Mercy Bass

I love instruments that get stylistically creative, and Tony Cochran has a knack for making them. Cochran, who is also the syndicated cartoonist of the comic strip Agnes, has a habit of taking neglected guitars and basses and giving them a new life. “I [find] them on Craigslist, at garage sales, and hidden in closets. The guitars remain fully functional....

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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...

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...