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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...

Bass of the Week: Scott Walker Guitars California Bass

Bass of the Week: Scott Walker Guitars California Bass

Scott Walker is an independent luthier based in North Carolina. Though his primary focus is electric guitars, his California Bass is more than an after thought. Its construction includes a long tenon design, laminated hard woods, and multiple bolt coupling to eliminate dead spots and promote resonance. The bass starts with a body of Alder or Swamp ash and a...

Bass of the Week: Spear Guitars Flextool

Bass of the Week: Spear Guitars Flextool

Can’t decide between a P, J, or MM bass? Spear has you covered with the Flextool, a bass that’s loaded with all three pickup types. The Flextool is built with an alder body, Canadian Hard Maple neck and Indian Rosewood fingerboard. Its pickups and hardware are all Spear’s own brand. The pickups include a single coil in the neck position,...

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Bass of the Week: Ronin Guitars Prætorian

Bass of the Week: Ronin Guitars Prætorian

This week we check out the Ronin Prætorian, a bass built with the environment in mind. Central to the instrument is its “Salvaged Old Growth Redwood” (or S.O.G.R.) body, which the company reclaims from old barns, wineries, and agricultural buildings. Each piece is selected for a tight quarter-sawn grain structure, which the company explains offers improved sound transfer and acoustic...

Bass of the Week: Prometeus Guitars Ahab

Bass of the Week: Prometeus Guitars Ahab

Any instrument named after the monomaniacal captain from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick needs to have a similar aggressive design, and the Prometeus Guitars Ahab delivers in spades. This week we check out a 6-string, multi-scale version of the bass that left me speechless. While the Ahab can be built with varying woods and materials, this particular bass sports a jaw-dropping...

Bass of the Week: Memphis Guitar Spa Cinnamon Gurl

Bass of the Week: Memphis Guitar Spa Cinnamon Gurl

As a Neil Young fan I’m also a huge Rick Rosas fan, so I was pumped to see pictures of his newest bass pop up on Facebook. Rosas called on Kevin Ferner of Memphis Guitar Spa to create a bass to bring a different sound to his studio work. This week we check out the resulting beauty they call Cinnamon...

Bass of the Week: Becker/Martian Basses Mantis 4-String

Bass of the Week: Becker/Martian Basses Mantis 4-String

My Facebook friend Dusty Mulholland shared a picture of a Becker/Martian Bass a couple weeks ago, and I’m glad he did. It led me to find this fine specimen of a bass, known as the Mantis – a bass with a body shape that you might expect from an other-worldly bass company. While they can be made to order, this...

Bass of the Week: Bunker Guitars NY Charlie Bass

Bass of the Week: Bunker Guitars NY Charlie Bass

This week we check out the NY Charlie by Bunker Guitars. A signature instrument for New York City bassist Charlie Contreras, the bass’s design centers around the company’s Sustanium Tension Free Neck, which uses a resonant cold roll steel bar to handle the stress on the neck. The neck is then fitted with aluminum dowels to to bolt onto the...

Bass of the Week: Gold Tone PBB Resophonic Bass

Bass of the Week: Gold Tone PBB Resophonic Bass

A few days ago, we shared a video from the archives featuring Alessandro Corsi playing a resophonic bass. That was one popular video, and it reminded me of this week’s bass of the week: the Gold Tone PBB Resophonic. The PBB is built with a mahogany body, rosewood fingerboard, and maple neck. Its aesthetic appeal is rounded out with a...