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 slick five-string from RG Custom Basses out of Nashville. The bass is set up to be a slapper with a Brubaker Musicman humbucker matched to a Seymour Duncan three-band EQ with a push/pull “slap switch.”
This Swan Special by Swan Guitars is a real treat for the eyes as well as the ears. The five-string model has a two-piece ash body topped with a beautifully complex flame maple top.
This week we’re checking out a spectacular Caledonius Classic 5 Custom from Poland’s Mayones Guitars. The elegant neck-through five-string is brought to life with a five-piece wenge and purpleheart neck and swamp ash body wings.
This week we’re checking out a cool and affordable bass by Retrovibe called the T32 “Telenbacker”. The medium-scale bass is a mashup of Telecaster and Rickenbacker basses that weighs in at 8.2 pounds.
Andy Rogers of AJRGuitar Mods shared another incredible build with us called the Swift Triple. The short-scale headless design was commissioned by a customer who wanted to blend a traditional look with modern features.
Luthier Yuki Nishgaki of Nishgaki Guitars draws his inspiration from nature. That’s clear on this gorgeous semi-hollow Tempesta bass, which summons visions of huge waves of sound.
This week we’re checking out the Bubblegum 6 made by Ortiz Murcio Guitars & Basses in Mexico City. The multi-scale six-string is at once raw and refined in its design, which the builder created to get the most bang for your buck.
Sometimes you look at a bass and can just imagine how it sounds. This one, I think, sounds like chocolate. The Manne Guitars Acoustibass Satin Special 4 is a fretless built with a sycamore body and poplar burl top in a satin finish.
MG Bass Guitars has a special talent for combining woods and shapes to create functional works of art. This New Extreman is a prime example of that.
This week we’re checking out a beautiful five-string archtop built by Marusya Guitars. The gorgeous instrument was hand-built in Perm, Russia with mahogany for the body back and sides and a spruce top.
Every Jerzy Drozd bass I’ve ever seen has left me in awe. The luthier’s elegant shapes and unreal finishes capture the imagination, and his newest creation is no exception.
This week we’re taking a look at a new limited edition 12-string bass built by Musicvox called the Space Cadet. This version features a 3-tone sunburst over a flame maple top for a dynamite combo.