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Bass of the Week: Doner Designs Time Machine Bass

Bass of the Week: Doner Designs Time Machine Bass

Doner Designs always comes up with awesome basses for a good cause, and it looks like this one will need an amp rated at 1.21 gigawatts. The “Time Machine” was inspired by the “Back to the Future” movies and benefits the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Bass of the Week: Franz Bassguitars Wega 5 “Behind the Scene”

Bass of the Week: Franz Bassguitars Wega 5 “Behind the Scene”

Artist Torsten Russ used this Franz Bassguitars Wega 5 as his canvas as part of the company's Art Line. This bass, called the "Behind the Scene", features hand-painted designs and 18-carat gold leaf.

Best of 2018: Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass of the Week Features

Best of 2018: Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass of the Week Features

Fifty-two times a year, Kevin publishes our “Bass of the Week” column, featuring “low-end instruments ranging from beautiful to bizarre.” It is always a reader favorite each week, and we’re thrilled to share your top 10 favorites of 2018.

Bass of the Week: JanAid Guitars “The Evergreen”

Bass of the Week: JanAid Guitars “The Evergreen”

JanAid Guitars crafts beautiful basses that sound as gorgeous as they look. That includes this instrument called The Evergreen, which was built for Victor Wooten’s Wooten Woods Camp.

Bass of the Week: Skervesen Guitars Bronto 37-5

Bass of the Week: Skervesen Guitars Bronto 37-5

This week we’re checking out the Skervesen Guitars Bronto 37-5. The five-string bass’s design includes neck-through construction, a multi-scale neck, plus a chambered body developed specifically for the bass. Skervesen adds “37-5” to the Bronto name to indicate it’s scale lengths, which run from 37 inches for the B string to 35 inches.

Bass of the Week: Aviator Guitars Bomber 7

Bass of the Week: Aviator Guitars Bomber 7

Taking after the massive combat aircraft, this Bomber 7 from Aviator Guitars drops thunderous notes with an incredible seven-string multi-scale design. The longest string has a scale length of 37.5 inches, which is a solid 3.5 inches longer than a traditional bass scale. In fact, the model was created just for this particular feat. “The Bomber model was developed specifically...

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Bass of the Week: XTRM Basses “The Bass of Navarone”

Bass of the Week: XTRM Basses “The Bass of Navarone”

This week we’re checking out a total monster of a bass built by Dimitris Matkaris, who says he likes to build “weird” basses to test his building skills. This instrument, which he dubbed The Bass of Navarone, has a multi-scale neck with a behemoth 47-inch scale B-string. For comparison, that’s 13 inches longer than a standard bass scale. “Electric guitars...

Bass of the Week: Ele Basses Naga

Bass of the Week: Ele Basses Naga

This week we’re taking a look at the Naga from Ele Basses. Named after the serpent creature found in Hindu mythology, the singlecut bass’s body shape was inspired by the curves in the body of reptiles. This particular example of the Naga is a four-string built with an ash body, buckeye burl top, and a five-piece maple and padauk neck...

Bass of the Week: DTC Bass Guitars 5-String Multiscale Singlecut

Bass of the Week: DTC Bass Guitars 5-String Multiscale Singlecut

This DTC Bass Guitars instrument caught my eye for its intense purple finish over the burl top, which looks like you’re staring into space. However, it’s got loads of other great features, too. Built with a mahogany body, the bass is a singlecut and multiscale design for a modern approach to bass playing. The stabilized burl top almost hides its...

Bass of the Week: Nordic Guitars Rotator

Bass of the Week: Nordic Guitars Rotator

The Rotator from Nordic Guitars is unlike anything you’ve seen. At first glance, the double-necked instrument seems upside down, but that’s where its name comes in. The Rotator’s fretted and fretless necks point in opposite directions and can be rotated to quickly change styles. “[The necks are] fixed together in each end with 1 piece of milled out brass, which...

Bass of the Week: Michael Bornhak Viennese Violone

Bass of the Week: Michael Bornhak Viennese Violone

This week we’re checking out a gorgeous new instrument with roots that date back hundreds of years. German luthier Michael Bornhak built this incredible Viennese-styled violone, which was an early form of the double bass, and took it out to the Black Forest to photograph it. Complete with beautiful inlays, the bass takes its cues from a baroque instrument. “It’s...

Bass of the Week: John Sullivan Custom Bass

Bass of the Week: John Sullivan Custom Bass

I’m always impressed when people build their own bass. This week we’re checking out a cool four-string built by John Sullivan, who was looking to create an instrument for a variety of sounds. “I just wanted to share a bass I built this summer. I wanted it to be a versatile bass that a working musician could use for multiple...