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]
Harry Fleishman has been building instruments for over fifty years. Although he spent time working for large companies like Fender, he’s always kept designing on his own. This week we’re taking a look at an amazing acoustic fretless bass he built.
Rick Link of Beardly Customs shared his latest fretless build with us, and it’s a killer. The 35-inch scale bass features neck-through construction with a three-piece maple and purpleheart neck topped by a cocobolo fingerboard with maple fret lines.
This week we're checking out an incredible lefty bass by luthier Pierre Erizias, who shared this on the Erizias Basses Facebook page. The bass is a modded version of his singlecut design.
This week we’re checking out a bass by 5th Day Products called Mallory, which takes its name from Juliette Lewis’ character in “Natural Born Killers“. Luthier Jeremy McDiarmid explains that everything about the bass is oversized.
Sam Montooth recently shared photos of his new bass on Facebook and it stopped me in my tracks. This Gold Series six-string bass by the inimitable Rob Elrick bass grabs your attention with a ton of unique features.
This week we’re checking out a custom one-off by Wahlbrink that they dubbed “The Headless White” for pretty obvious reasons. The bass utilizes an ETS headless tuning system and its swamp ash body is finished in white.
This week we’re featuring another amazing bass by Tangente Instruments. The Domino is a fretless four-string built from local lumber with some intricate woodworking.
Hofner’s Green Line is a series created to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Started with classical guitars, the series now includes a version of their 500/1 violin bass. It carries all of the features of the original version with some interesting differences.
This week we’re checking out the SBC Guitars SH1B Falcon, which is a custom headless bass designed with bassist Calvert Stephens. The six-string bass also has a multi-scale neck.
This week we’re taking a look at an amazing steampunk bass from EBG-Instruments built for endorser Jimmy Johannson. Luthier Marc Locher implemented tons of features to the instrument, including a band logo and a volume control that goes to 11.
This week we’re checking out a real beauty by Ulrich BassDesign. This weathered blue five-string is built with a thermo-modified alder body and a six-piece maple and mahogany neck. While its unique body shape and color stand out, there are plenty of other details to catch.
Jordan Rannells sent us some details on his amazing new bass by Rybski Custom Bass Guitars. Dubbed “The Empathy Bass,” the instrument features the empathy symbol, which represents two sides reaching out to each other.