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]
This week we’re checking out a five-string P/J bass by Dooley Designs. Luthier Scott Dooley called this bass another learning experience due to its 35-inch scale, preamp mods, extra neck layers, and more.
Japan’s Saitias Guitars recently shared their new Lexell model, and it’s a real beauty. The bass, named after a comet not seen since the 1770s, was designed as a versatile tool with the help of bassist Wakazaemon.
This week we’re checking out a Promethean 6 Singlecut by Carillion Guitars. Built for Martino Garattoni of Ne Obliviscaris, the bass is a six-string featuring their Promethean body and Reaver headstock.
We’ve featured one bass by Storywood Music before, and luthier Tyler Townsend has just shared their latest bass creation with us: the Deluxe “O” Bass.
I always love when fans send in basses that get them excited. This week we’re checking out a jaw-dropping six-string that was sent in by Tyler D.
Mike Watt is such an icon of the instrument that it’s only fitting his signature bass is equally epic. This week we’re checking out the second version of his Wattplower by Reverend Guitars.
Alan Cringean’s basses always grab my attention, which is why one of his latest builds - the Finn R Type 5/33 - stopped my scrolling on Facebook.
Micro basses have been growing in popularity over the past few years. This week we’re checking out the Tiny Boy TBP-3400BFM, which has a miniature 23-inch scale. The four-string bass still has 22 frets on its ebony fingerboard.
Richard Greenup of RJ Custom recently shared photos of one of his newest builds called the Valupture. The Australian luthier put a magnificent piece of poplar burl on full display for the top and headstock cap.
Alusonic Instruments specializes in building basses with aluminum. That includes the Django DC model, which was made for bassist David Caraccio.
This week we’re checking out an awesome bass by Steve McDonald Basses called the Reeder. Taking its cues from the classic SG shape, the body has an elongated top horn and forearm for more of an offset look.
Every instrument from the Fender Custom Shop is extraordinary, but some pieces are absolute masterpieces. Master builder Vincent Van Trigt created one - this jaw-dropping Jazz Bass for producer and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge.