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]
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Bass of the Week: Faray Guitars LB-5
Faray Guitars recently shared their latest completed instrument called the LB-5. Handcrafted in Indonesia, the multi-scale five-string bass is built with a chambered ash body in a striking black and white finish.
Bass of the Week: Warwick Custom Shop Jonas Hellborg Signature Bass
Warwick’s Jonas Hellborg Signature model is a stunner, and this recently completed example is no exception. The Custom Shop bass’s body was built entirely from solid AAA flamed maple with a flamed maple neck to match.
Bass of the Week: Egilegor Basses Bidai Multi-Scale 7-String
This week we’re taking a look at a less-than-traditional design with this Egilegor Basses Bidai, with its wide 7-string neck headless multi-scale design.
Bass of the Week: Vuorensaku Guitars T. Family Sator Bass
Vuorensaku Guitars recently unveiled one of their latest creations they call the “Sator Bass”. As part of their T. Family instruments, the groovy new axe was built for Heikki Kiviaho from Sator.
Bass of the Week: Creston Electric Joe Sheil Bass
My favorite basses we feature in this column have a story to them, and this one is no different. Joe Sheil wrote to us to share his newest instrument and the background to its creation.
Bass of the Week: Benevolent Basses Carnival 5
Benevolent Basses has some pretty interesting designs, including the Carnival. The hollow body bass features beautiful curves, artistic sound holes, and three large wooden knobs for the controls.
Bass of the Week: Maurizio Über Basses Mighty Magma
This week we’re checking out the new Mighty Magma from Maurizio Über Basses, which is a medium-scale headless five-string. Built with a padauk body and thick pistachio top, the bass gets a big tone from a pair of Nordstrand BigMan pickups.
Bass of the Week: Zoot Bass Boudica “Wal-A-Like”
This week, we’re taking a look at a special Zoot Bass Boudica built for Mark Newman. The 32-inch scale custom shop bass is dubbed the “Wal-a-like” in part for its Veijo Rautia Multi-coil “Wal” pickups that pay homage to the legendary instruments.
Bass of the Week: St. Germaine Guitars Condor 5
Luthier Geoff St. Germaine of St. Germaine Guitars shared his latest bass build on the “Support Small Bass Builders” Facebook group, and it really caught my eye. This Condor 5 built for Gerald Kebreau features a sleek walnut body with a cocobolo top complemented by wenge and maple accent layers.
Bass of the Week: Sitar Bass “Mountain”
Today we’re featuring an instrument the likes of which I’ve never seen before. Invented by Miles Schelling, the Sitar Bass fuses elements of the traditional Indian instrument with a bass.
Bass of the Week: Atelier Kraken Thunder
Atelier Kraken has such a cool style, and they overlay that on to more traditional designs. Their Thunder model is inspired by the Les Paul Junior Tribute DC Bass.
Bass of the Week: Anka Custom Guitars Jarius 5
Anka Custom Guitars & Basses shared this five-string version of their Jarius model on Facebook, and it’s too good not to feature. Its alder body comes in a matte blue and black burst.