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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...

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Bass of the Week: Franz Bassguitars Sirius

Bass of the Week: Franz Bassguitars Sirius

This week we take a look at the Franz Bassguitars Sirius, a stunning bass made in Bavaria by luthier Xaver Tremel. I found this bass through this excellent demo played by German bassist Ralf Gauck: The bass features a singlecut design that comes in either 4- or 5-string versions. Tremel starts the bass with a chambered walnut body with plenty...

Bass of the Week: Erizias Basses 6-String Singlecut

Bass of the Week: Erizias Basses 6-String Singlecut

We first met luthier Pierre Erizias at the 2010 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. I was so floored by his basses and his story that it led us to create our Custom Shop series of interviews with bass builders. Recently, he sent me a photo of one of his latest single cut basses, and I had to find out more....

Bass of the Week: Jimmy Haslip’s “Gabriella Rose” Bass by Wyn Guitars

Bass of the Week: Jimmy Haslip’s “Gabriella Rose” Bass by Wyn Guitars

The best basses come with great stories. Jimmy Haslip’s six-string bass from Wyn Guitars, called “Gabriela Rose,” is a great example. Wyn Guitars luthier Randy Fullmer recounts the whole process on his website. “It’s a luthier’s dream to make an instrument for an artist with the stature and playing chops of Jimmy Haslip,” Fullmer humbly states. “I of course handled...

Bass of the Week: Zoov Guitars Classic 5 Fretless

Bass of the Week: Zoov Guitars Classic 5 Fretless

This week we check out the Classic 5 String Bass from Zoov Guitars, a custom shop based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While each bass is made to order by luthier Nicholas Lacroix, this particular fretless version really stands out for its beauty and attention to detail. The bass has a beautiful assortment of woods. Its neck is tigerwood is topped...

Bass of the Week: Nelson Instruments Coquette Bass

Bass of the Week: Nelson Instruments Coquette Bass

This week we check out the Nelson Instruments Coquette Bass, a neck-through bass that blends elements of retro styles. The quarter-sawn hard maple neck is flanked with basswood body wings, which the company says offers enhanced sustain, rigidity, and projection. The bass comes in single and dual pickup configurations. The pickups are Nelson’s Bass Chiefs mounted to the gold-anodized aluminum...