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]
Chris Seldon’s bass designs are always so striking. This week we’re checking out his Scout 434 model, which he says was designed to be a “straightforward yet well-appointed workhorse.”
This week we’re checking out another incredible build by StoryWood Music. The company specializes in using amazing reclaimed and salvaged wood. Their SWB-1 Custom Offset Fretless Bass has an amazing story.
Bassist and pillar of the prog rock community John Jowitt wrote in to share his new Bogart bass, and we’re sure glad he did. This Sport IV model marks his seventh bass since meeting luthier Stefan Hess in 1996.
The Smithsonian is home to many priceless pieces of history. Its vast collection includes numerous musical instruments and this week, we’re featuring a bass I was lucky enough to visit recently: Ray Brown’s 7/8 Size Double Bass.
Carillion Guitars recently introduced a new model called the Callisto, which grew from a collaboration with bassist Arran McSporran. Luthier Chris Delia gave a rundown of the instrument’s creation on the Carillion Facebook page.
Jens Ritter is just as much an artist as he is a luthier. A case in point is our latest Bass of the Week: the Ritter Instruments “Late Lounge Raptor.”
Today we’re checking out the Element Bass, a new concept designed by Tom Germann of Torillo Basses and Steffen Fendt of Fendt’s Finest. Available in four and five-string versions, the bass was created using their collective experiences in bass playing.
I’m always mesmerized by videos of instruments being made, especially basses. Crimson Guitars put together a five-part series on “How to Build a P-Style Bass Guitar,” and it’s incredible to watch even a simple build come together.
This week we’re checking out the Pensa Custom Guitars P-Series bass, which takes its cues from the classic Precision design while making it their own. The semi-hollow bass can be highly customized, but even the standard features are outstanding.
Nate Navarro may be the new champion of every bassist’s favorite game of “How Low Can You Go?” The bassist, who has been on the road with Porcupine Tree, collaborated with Lignum to create a sub octave bass.
Edgar Meyer’s double bass, made by Giovanni Battista Gabrielli in 1769, is an amazing instrument. Nick Lloyd spent a lot of time thinking about it, and ultimately Paul Kowert commissioned him to make a copy.
This week, we’re featuring a gorgeous bass built by Osman Alkan of Otto Bass Design. This Otto 5 caught my eye with its Pacific quilted maple and resin hybrid top, but there are plenty of amazing features beyond that.