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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 [email protected]

Bass of the Week: Roks Instruments Futura

Bass of the Week: Roks Instruments Futura

This week we’re taking a look at the Futura from Roks Instruments out of The Netherlands. Luthier Axel Roks, who created the bass as part of Dutch Design Week, uses the human body as a large influence on his creations. “This design originated out of the idea that a bass guitar could be an object in itself,” he writes on...

Bass of the Week: Gibson SG Standard Bass

Bass of the Week: Gibson SG Standard Bass

Today we’re checking out another iconic bass with the Gibson SG Standard. Originally introduced in the 1961 as the EB3, the current incarnation of the bass carries many of the same attributes including the instantly recognizable body shape. Nowadays, the SG Standard is built as a dual pickup model with a vintage-style TB Plus humbucker in the neck position and...

Bass of the Week: PRS Guitars Private Stock Hollowbody Bass 4

Bass of the Week: PRS Guitars Private Stock Hollowbody Bass 4

PRS Guitars began their Private Stock series 20 years ago, and to celebrate they’ve brought back their guitar of the month showcase. They kicked it off with a jaw-dropping Private Stock Hollowbody Bass 4, which is our bass of the week. The short scale bass features a solid center block with hollow body wings. The neck is curly maple while...

Bass of the Week: Ele Custom Basses Puntundo 5

Bass of the Week: Ele Custom Basses Puntundo 5

This week we’re checking out the Puntundo 5 by Spain’s Ele Custom Basses. This version of their El Puntundo bass was made for Fabio Lessa and features the headless version of the striking singlecut design. One’s eye is led straight to the buckeye burl top, which is accentuated with matching pickup covers. The set-neck bass is also built with a...

Bass of the Week: Evilectric Skull Bass

Bass of the Week: Evilectric Skull Bass

With a name like Evilectric, you might guess that the company makes some gnarly looking basses. You’d be right. Evilectric builds full 41 3/4-inch scale electric upright basses with custom designs. Only three have been made so far, and this week we’re checking out the Skull bass. The body is a skull and cross bones with the bridge sitting right...

Bass of the Week: Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass

Bass of the Week: Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass

Fender set the standard with the Precision Bass in 1951, following it up the Jazz Bass in 1960. This week we’re taking a look at a bass that sleekly blends the two icons: the Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass. The blacked out bass features a slender basswood body fitted with a P/J pickup configuration. Contoured for comfort, the Aerodyne’s top has...

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Bass of the Week: Luthman Basses Lady M 10th Anniversary I

Bass of the Week: Luthman Basses Lady M 10th Anniversary I

France’s Luthman Basses celebrated their 10th anniversary in December 2015 with a special version of their Lady M model, and now it’s our bass of the week. The company went all out on the bass with a highly figured burl camphor top with a “wave opening” over a flamed maple body, all finished in a maxi high gloss. Its seven-piece...

Bass of the Week: Ploughman Guitars Fanned Fret Bass

Bass of the Week: Ploughman Guitars Fanned Fret Bass

This week we’re checking out a fanned fret design by Ploughman Guitars in Serbia. Luthier Radovan Jovicic built the bass with a multi-scale ranging from 33 inches to 35 inches. It’s built with neck-through construction featuring a maple and mahogany neck and wenge fingerboard with mahogany binding. The body wings are a sandwich of mahogany, white ash, and heat treated...

Bass of the Week: Mana Basso Glade 6-String

Bass of the Week: Mana Basso Glade 6-String

This week we’re checking out a six-string Glade model from Mana Basso custom basses. The gorgeous singlecut bass features a Padouk, Wenge and Swamp Ash body matched to a Wenge, Padouk and Flamed Maple neck for a rich textural palette. Its Birdseye maple fretboard leads your eye to the bass’s carved headstock, which is made as part of the neck...

Bass of the Week: Letts Basses Yves Carbonne Signature 2-String Bass

Bass of the Week: Letts Basses Yves Carbonne Signature 2-String Bass

Many people know bassist Yves Carbonne for his incredible playing on extended range instruments with up to 12 strings. Most can enjoy the music, but some can’t get past the number of strings on his bass. After musing online about the merits of how many strings a bass should have, Carbonne teamed up with luthier Jon Letts to create the...

Bass of the Week: Serek Basses Sacramento

Bass of the Week: Serek Basses Sacramento

Jake Serek of Serek Basses has a style that is rooted in the tradition of bass guitar history while advancing in his own ideas. That makes sense when you realize that he worked for one of the larger bass companies around, plus his natural curiosity led him to reverse engineering classic designs. This week we’re checking out his Sacramento model....

Bass of the Week: Ramos Guitars Gotham

Bass of the Week: Ramos Guitars Gotham

This week we’re checking out a sleek black custom bass called the Gotham by Spain’s Ramos Guitars. The seven-string brute is built with a mongoy body and fretless ebony fingerboard for a dark theme and an air of mystery. Featuring neck-through construction, its three-piece maple neck is reinforced with graphite for added strength. Ramos fitted the bass with a Delano...