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  • Bass of the Week: Pavel Musical Instruments Aryel

    Bass of the Week: Pavel Musical Instruments Aryel

    This week we take a look at Pavel Musical Instrument’s flagship singlecut bass, the Aryel. Described as the “Roaring Lion” of basses, the bass’s upper horn section connects to the neck at the 12th fret, which the company says adds more tone transmission to the body. The Aryel is hand-built to order in Texas and... »

  • Bass of the Week: Pino Saracini’s Keyboard Bass by Huma Guitars

    Bass of the Week: Pino Saracini’s Keyboard Bass by Huma Guitars

    Pino Saracini is professional bassist in Italy. He’s also creative guy. While out on tour, he typically has to play synth bass in addition to his 4-string with little time for changing between instruments. To fix the issue, he came up with the Keyboard Bass, a bass with a Korg Nonokey2 USB controller built in.... »

  • Bass of the Week: Aural II by Meridian Guitars

    Bass of the Week: Aural II by Meridian Guitars

    Based in Avezzano, Italy, the luthiers at Meridian Guitars know a thing or two about style. That’s evidenced in their Aural II bass, and though each one is built to order, this particular Aural II really struck me. The pickups include a pair of Meridian’s magnetic pickups as well as a Roland GK-3 MIDI controller.... »

  • Bass of the Week: Shuker Singlecut Elite

    Bass of the Week: Shuker Singlecut Elite

    The Shuker Singlecut Elite is one beautiful instrument. Built by luthier Jon Shuker in the UK, the bass is highly customizable with options running from number of strings to top wood to construction type. Standard features include a 7-piece laminated neck made of maple, wenge, and padauk, a walnut body core, and a fingerboard of... »

  • Bass of the Week: Citron AE4 and AE5 Swallow Acoustic/Electric Bass

    Bass of the Week: Citron AE4 and AE5 Swallow Acoustic/Electric Bass

    This week we take a look at the Citron AE4 and AE5 Swallow Basses built by luthier Harvey Citron in collaboration with jazz legend Steve Swallow. Citron first presented Swallow with one of his acoustic/electric basses, and their work went from there. It was Steve’s perfectionism that pushed the bass builder to invent a new... »

  • Bass of the Week: Luthman Natural

    Bass of the Week: Luthman Natural

    Luthman is a company that puts out some pretty intricate work yet also knows simple elegance, the latter of which is evidenced in their Natural model. Handmade in France by luthier Thierry Etienne, the Natural has a unique, fluid body style with customizable options. Available in 4-, 5-, 6-, and 7-string configurations, standard features on... »

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  • Bass of the Week: De Gier BeBop

    Bass of the Week: De Gier BeBop

    There are lots of interpretations of the old J-bass, but one that strikes me most is the BeBop made by Dutch boutique shop De Gier. It offers a little more in the curves department with subtle tweaks to set itself apart from the classic design. Available in 4- or 5-string versions, the De Gier BeBop... »

  • Bass of the Week: Bassline Worp

    Bass of the Week: Bassline Worp

    In experimenting with neck designs, German luthier Rüdiger Ziesemann was looking for a way to improve sustain in his Bassline brand designs. He came up with a radical neck profile with extended mass and a groove on the back for your thumb. The concept was first introduced into his electric upright model called the Universal,... »

  • Bass of the Week: Schecter Stargazer-4

    Bass of the Week: Schecter Stargazer-4

    Schecter’s Stargazer-4 is a quirky take on basses of years past. The old school-inspired 4-stringer is built for versatility with EMG’s MMHZ humbucking pickup in the bridge position and the EMG SJHZ single-coil pickup in the neck position. For further tonal adjustments, the bass has an EMG active 2-band EQ in addition to a pickup... »

  • Bass of the Week: Spector NS-2

    Bass of the Week: Spector NS-2

    Few basses can define a company as easily as Spector’s NS-2. Originally designed by Ned Steinberger in 1979, the company’s flagship P/J style bass provides the blueprint for many of their designs. The American-made NS-2 features neck-thru construction with a 3-piece maple neck reinforced with carbon fiber rods. Fingerboards can be pau ferro, birdseye maple,... »