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Bass of the Week: Fclef Basses Custom Series II

Bass of the Week: Fclef Basses Custom Series II

This week we take a look at the Fclef Custom Series II Bass. Introduced as part of their 10th anniversary, the Custom Series II model builds upon their Custom Series and is handcrafted in the United States. The company also boasts that each member of the crew is a bass player, which gets a big thumbs up in our book....

Bass of the Week: KR Guitars Ursa

Bass of the Week: KR Guitars Ursa

This week we check out the Ursa from KR Guitars, a striking multi-scale bass that’s handmade by luthier Kevin Robertson in Vallejo, California. While the bass can be built with whatever woods are requested, this particular bass caught our eye with its 5A California Claro Walnut top and 5A flame maple back. The rest of the bass’s body is The...

Bass of the Week: KB Guitars Robert Hurst Acoustic Bass

Bass of the Week: KB Guitars Robert Hurst Acoustic Bass

Ken Bebensee of KB Guitars made this gorgeous acoustic bass guitar for jazz bassist Robert Hurst, whose work ranges from stints with Wynton Marsalis to being a member of The Tonight Show Band. The 5-string bass brings together elements of a cello and an archtop jazz guitar for a unique hybrid bass. It’s built with an extra deep body made...

Bass of the Week: Browne Basses Milo

Bass of the Week: Browne Basses Milo

Here’s a fantastic bass built by luthier Mike Browne. This particular version of his Milo model bass features some fancy woodwork, especially on the body. It’s built with a Honduran mahogany core, a full face figured walnut top with a maple accent stripe, a walnut back, a walnut center block, and maple center block stripes. The neck is quartersawn hardrock...

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Bass of the Week: Christopher Woods Guitars Wizard Bass

Bass of the Week: Christopher Woods Guitars Wizard Bass

This week we check out the Wizard by Christopher Woods Guitars. Woods, who got his start working for Michael Tobias, started building under his own name in 2000 under the CWG banner and does work on a custom basis. The Wizard is a striking design with long, symmetrical horns and a round bottom that comes to a point just above...

Bass of the Week: Brett Wall’s “ThunderBacker”

Bass of the Week: Brett Wall’s “ThunderBacker”

Brett Wall has been making his own basses ever since he started playing. He dropped us an email with a couple of his latest creations including what he calls The ThunderBacker. The dual-course, 8-string bass brings together elements of a Rickenbacker, a Thunderbird and a Precision bass for a unique blend and stunning design. The Ric-inspired body is made of...

Bass of the Week: Off Guitar Design soulbrotha’

Bass of the Week: Off Guitar Design soulbrotha’

A collaboration between Martin Off and luthier Jozsi Lak, the Off Guitar Design soulbrotha’ bass is unique mix of retro and modern design aesthetics. The bass, which gets its design from the company’s soulsista’ guitar, is handmade by Lak in Germany. Much of the soulbrotha’s construction is optional, from the body wood (alder, swamp ash or mahogany) to the neck...

Bass of the Week: SimpleBass e4 Fretless Bass

Bass of the Week: SimpleBass e4 Fretless Bass

After 20 years of playing a fretless Jazz Bass, Italian bassist Roberto Musso decided it was time to spice things up. That’s when he designed the SimpleBass e4, a 4-string fretless model with an extended fingerboard and a sleek body shape. The result is a lightweight, balanced bass. “Having some more fret space would have been a real help in...

Bass of the Week: BassLab STD

Bass of the Week: BassLab STD

BassLab isn’t your ordinary bass manufacturer and they certainly don’t make your average bass. Developed by a musician and a physicist, the company uses a tuneable composite material instead of wood. “We use carbon for stiffness, but add other [elements] to the mix for tone,” they shared. “It’s called ‘tuneable’, because we can also alter the tone.” BassLab’s flagship instrument...

Bass of the Week: Overwater Basses Expression Semi-Acoustic Bass

Bass of the Week: Overwater Basses Expression Semi-Acoustic Bass

U.K.-based company Overwater Basses stretches things with their Expression model, a semi-acoustic bass built with a solid spruce top and 3? deep hollow Central American mahogany body bound in Cocobolo. Its body has elements of a violin-shape and a single-cut with a the lower horn cutaway for better access to up to the 22nd fret. Available in 4, 5, and...