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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: Franz Bass Guitars Danny Fox Merak 4

Bass of the Week: Franz Bass Guitars Danny Fox Merak 4

Bassist Danny Fox recently collaborated with luthier Xaver Tremel of Franz Bass Guitars to create a revamped version of the company’s Merak bass. The fretless four-string brings together elements of the original model with some specific tailoring to Fox’s style. The Franz Danny Fox Merak 4 is built with a walnut body that is chambered and curved for comfort. Its...

Bass of the Week: Willcox Guitars Saber SL

Bass of the Week: Willcox Guitars Saber SL

This week we check out the Willcox Saber SL, a bass that is set apart by its innovative Lightwave pickups. Originally built under the LightWave moniker, designer Chris Willcox created a separate guitar company to put out his instruments. Willcox invented the LightWave optical pickup and incorporates it into the Saber SL. “The LightWave Optical Pickup System uses our patented...

Bass of the Week: LedBelli Bass Guitars Jonah #015

Bass of the Week: LedBelli Bass Guitars Jonah #015

I love checking out new basses that set themselves apart from the pack, and the LedBelli Jonah does just that. The fretless, single-cut, semi-hollow bass is a real eye catcher. The company just shared pictures of the recently completed Jonah #015, which features a stunning book-matched California Redwood burl theme. The bass’s body is semi-hollow and chambered with f-holes. Its...

Bass of the Week: Phantom Guitars XTC

Bass of the Week: Phantom Guitars XTC

This week we check out the XTC by Phantom Guitars. Handmade in Cologne, Germany, the XTC brings together elements of several classic basses with a single-coil and humbucker pickup configuration that the company says gives it modern sounds for rock, funk, jazz and pop. The XTC comes in 4-, 5-, and 6-string versions with a choice of body woods. Its...

Bass of the Week: R.Hyde Guitars Soul Machine

Bass of the Week: R.Hyde Guitars Soul Machine

This week we check out the R.Hyde Guitars Soul Machine, an instrument Ryan Hyde calls a blend of traditional and modern values. Hyde honed his skills in Ken Smith’s shop before starting his own in Philadelphia. “The Soul Machine is meant to be a work horse instrument of the highest caliber,” he states. “It exudes the classic vibe of yesteryear,...

Bass of the Week: SiC Instruments Madness 6-String Fretless

Bass of the Week: SiC Instruments Madness 6-String Fretless

We get a lot of great basses shown to us on our Facebook page, but when Italian luthier Simone Calabrese sent a picture of his SiC Instruments Madness 6, I needed more. The combination of its poplar burl top and gorgeous green satin nitro finish makes this bass mesmerizing. Built with neck-through construction, the bass’s top covers ash body wings...

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Bass of the Week: Neubauer Guitars Snow Owl Mazinger Contrabass Guitar

Bass of the Week: Neubauer Guitars Snow Owl Mazinger Contrabass Guitar

We interviewed bassist Snow Owl earlier this year, and his playing astounded me. His Neubauer custom six-string bass caught my attention, too, so we’re featuring it as the bass of the week. The Neubauer Guitars Snow Owl Mazinger contrabass guitar is built with neck-through construction featuring a laminated five-piece maple/wenge neck and a wenge fingerboard. Neubauer makes the neck unique...

Bass of the Week: Bootleg Guitars Jazz Box 4

Bass of the Week: Bootleg Guitars Jazz Box 4

This week we take a look at a new hollow-body creation from Bootleg Guitars called the Jazz Box 4. Finished in a beautiful translucent green, the bass features a body with maple for its top and back with a Spanish Cedar core. Its neck is a premium grade aged quartersawn Eastern hard rock maple topped with a rosewood fingerboard. Luthier...

Bass of the Week: UNICORNbass Ozellman Master

Bass of the Week: UNICORNbass Ozellman Master

UNICORNbass is a boutique bass company out of Sweden that’s making some pretty slick instruments. The Ozellman Master is a flexible, performance-driven bass with the added touch of customizable looks. Built with either bolt-on or set-neck construction, the bass features a 7-ply neck of maple and purple heart matched to a bookmatched mahogany body topped with a choice of exotic...

Bass of the Week: Turan Guitars TG Semi-Hollow Bass

Bass of the Week: Turan Guitars TG Semi-Hollow Bass

This week we take a look at the TG Semi-Hollow, a gorgeous single-cut bass made by Turan Guitars. The semi-hollow bass is crafted with a korina body topped with flamed maple. The top is complemented with matching pickup covers, control knobs, and headstock. While this is an untraditional looking instrument, Turan utilizes traditional f-holes to tie the bass together. The...

Bass of the Week: Naked Bass Hitchhiker 5-String

Bass of the Week: Naked Bass Hitchhiker 5-String

Luthier Bill Woger decided to make the jump to create his own business last year called Naked Bass and Guitar Company. His fourth bass ever built is the Hitchhiker 5-string, and it’s No Treble’s Bass of the Week. The Hitchhiker is a neck-through design built around an awesome 9-piece multi-laminate neck consisting of maple, mahogany, and wenge. Its body wings...

Bass of the Week: Tomisic Guitars MIA Fretless Bass

Bass of the Week: Tomisic Guitars MIA Fretless Bass

This week we take a look at the MIA, a custom fretless P-style bass built by Serbian luthier Milos Tomisic. The design is the brainchild of bassist Marko Cvetkovic, who put his work talents to use for his musical endeavors. “After some planning, [Tomisic] decided to start his own model line and that’s where we started to cooperate,” Cvetkovic writes....