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  • Bass of the Week: Adam Clayton’s Wild Customs H. Moser & Cie Bass

    Bass of the Week: Adam Clayton’s Wild Customs H. Moser & Cie Bass

    Adam Clayton is a bassist with style. He’s an avid collector of fine watches, and now he has just the instrument to match. H. Moser & Cie teamed up with Wild Customs to gift the U2 bassist with a gorgeous custom bass that brings his passions together. “A founder member of U2 who writes about... »

  • Bass of the Week: Sadowsky Guitars NYC Will Lee 5-String

    Bass of the Week: Sadowsky Guitars NYC Will Lee 5-String

    One of the great things about writing the Bass of the Week column is that builders send us photos of some of their best work. This recent Sadowsky NYC Will Lee 5-string hit my inbox and stopped me in my tracks. Built with a chambered swamp ash body, the bass’s candy apple orange finish and... »

  • Bass of the Week: Ray Ross Bass No. 27

    Bass of the Week: Ray Ross Bass No. 27

    Luthier Aaron “Ray” Ross has been cooking up a new style of bridge this year, and he’s created an amazing bass to showcase it. His 27th bass features the new saddle-less “universal bridge.” “Coming up with something new is a violent, painful way to create, this took 4 months of agony and hand work,” Ross... »

  • Bass of the Week: Neal Heppleston Panormo Double Bass

    Bass of the Week: Neal Heppleston Panormo Double Bass

    British double bass luthier Neal Heppleston sent us photos of his Panormo model to check out, and I’ve been obsessing over it. Each piece of wood is jaw-dropping, but moreover, it seems every little detail is a work of art in itself. Hand-built in his Sheffield shop, the bass is designed after the work of... »

  • Bass of the Week: Mas Hino NYC Matador

    Bass of the Week: Mas Hino NYC Matador

    Master luthier Mas Hino is a man that can appreciate the finer things in life. That’s why his bass design called the Matador is inspired by both Picasso and Lamborghini. “The Matador was inspired by Pablo Picasso. The shape is an acoustic guitar with an offset on the sides like Picasso’s guitar,” Hino writes. “The... »

  • Bass of the Week: Fleeting Guitars Tsukanoma

    Bass of the Week: Fleeting Guitars Tsukanoma

    This week we’re checking out the Tsukanoma bass built by luthier Jim Fleeting of Fleeting Guitars. Taking a cue from Japanese design, the hand-built instrument features striking aesthetics. “The Tsukanoma bass is designed as a tribute to the incredible woodworking and modern design in Japanese woodworking,” Fleeting writes. “The use of sharper corner bevels make... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Gretsch G6199 Billy-Bo Bass

    Bass of the Week: Gretsch G6199 Billy-Bo Bass

    This week we’re checking out a hip Gretsch bass that had its start as a blues guitar. The Gretsch G6199 Billy-Bo Bass is a four-string version of the company’s recreation of Bo Diddley’s classic Jupiter Thunderbird guitar he designed in 1959. When he gifted it to Billy Gibbons, the ZZ Top frontman didn’t dare to... »

  • Bass of the Week: Fast Guitars Intrepid

    Bass of the Week: Fast Guitars Intrepid

    This week we’re checking out the Intrepid bass from Fast Guitars. Available in four-, five-, or six-string versions, the model features a lightweight chambered body with a long-tenon neck joint. “Our neck joints are as tight and precise as any other type of neck joint. With a tapered tenon, the string tension will only tighten... »

  • Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette Five-String Bolt-On Bass

    Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette Five-String Bolt-On Bass

    Back in May we shared an incredible bass by Frederiek de Vette. Shockingly, it was her first ever build. Now she’s followed up with her second bass that looks just as stunning. We’ll let her tell you the story: “For this build, my second, I decided on a five string fretted bass with a bolt-on... »

  • Bass of the Week: Safran Basses Iris Acoustic Archtop Bass

    Bass of the Week: Safran Basses Iris Acoustic Archtop Bass

    This week we’re checking out an incredible acoustic bass guitar by Safran Basses called Iris. Hand built by luthier Umut Dal, the bass was dreamed up to bring the best of upright and electric together. “The idea behind my archtop acoustic bass Iris is to close the gap in between electric and double bass,” Dal... »