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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...

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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...

Bass of the Week: Alpine Guitar Black Bison

Bass of the Week: Alpine Guitar Black Bison

Julien Pluvinage wrote in to share the details of his new bass, and it’s a beauty. The Black Bison by Alpine Guitar is a take on the classic P-bass that is crafted in France using only local woods. This bass comes from Alpine’s custom shop Delachapelle series. Although Alpine is a newer company, their chief luthier is the very talented...

Bass of the Week: The Swedish Harp Bass

Bass of the Week: The Swedish Harp Bass

From the mind of Joel Illerhag comes one of the most incredible, dreamlike instruments I’ve ever seen. The Swedish Harp Bass is a double bass fitted with a 3D-printed carbon fiber structure to add 39 sympathetic strings and electromagnets that help to make the strings sound. “The aim of this project is to produce acoustic sound from a musical instrument...

Bass of the Week: BassLab Guitars L-Bow

Bass of the Week: BassLab Guitars L-Bow

The L-Bow by BassLab Guitars is one of the most attention-grabbing designs in the bass world, but its extra bow in the neck is not for shock factor. This week we’re checking out a recent five-string L-Bow-V that, like their other instruments, features a tuneable composite material in place of wood. “This is the bass, that most often generates typical...

Bass of the Week: Fant Guitars Omega Bass

Bass of the Week: Fant Guitars Omega Bass

This week we’re checking out the Omega bass by Fant Guitars, which features a cool oversized pickup cover/pickguard shaped like their logo. The bass also has an interesting blend of tone woods: the body and fingerboard are made of cherry while the neck and top are made from walnut. The body is finished is a cool vintage purple that pops...

Bass of the Week: Egilegor Basses Biadar 4

Bass of the Week: Egilegor Basses Biadar 4

Sometimes Facebook is so full of drama that I think about freezing my account. Then I scroll by a beautiful bass like this Biadar from Egilegor Basses, and my faith is restored. Built by luthier Imanol Artola Egilegor in Spain, the model is their double-cut shape with a longer upper horn that helps to balance the weight. This particular bass...

Bass of the Week: Ibanez ATK810E

Bass of the Week: Ibanez ATK810E

There’s something so raw yet refined about the Ibanez ATK that has always caught my attention. This week we’re checking out the four-string Premium version of the model. “With the ATK, we took the traditional concept of the bass and turned it up to ’11,'” Ibanez writes. “The result is one of the most straightforward, versatile basses on the market....

Bass of the Week: Waja Bass Soma NT 5-String

Bass of the Week: Waja Bass Soma NT 5-String

This week we’re checking out the Waja Bass Soma NT five-string, which features a striking body shape in an equally striking high gloss blue finish. The neck-through bass is crafted from a three-piece swamp ash body topped with flamed maple and a seven-piece birdseye maple and bubinga neck. Its fingerboard is ebony. Waja fits the bass with a pair of...