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5 x 4 : Five 4 String Bass Guitars from Around the World

A rare gathering of some fine four string basses : Left to Right : Matthieu Combe Alys 4 ( France ) Aquilina Sirius 4A ( France ) Le Fay Herr Schwarz “Blau” ( Germany ) Fodera Monarch Standard ( USA ) Maruszczyk Absolution ( Poland ) Going back to a four every once in a…

Two (Le Fay) German Singers

It is rare that we have two Le Fay Singers here at the same time , but I am happy tat we do have these two to offer to the bass community. Le Fay makes incredible basses, this is no hype , believe me. Incredibly easy to play, very ergonomic VERY versatile via 3 pickups…

French and Fretless in 2014 electric basses for todays bass guitarist

I am now on an extended 4 string bass kick, after rarely touching one for the previous 30 years. It feels liberating and allows for some risk taking which can lead to surprising results. These 2 basses have my attention now , both from luthiers who are based in France. The large acoustic bass with…

Jerzy Drozd Barcelona 5 and 6 string bass guitars

These are here for show only, I own and thoroughly these two basses. These two are version 1 of the Barcelona design, meaning these are true 34″ scale neck-thru’s with hollow body wings. The current Barcelona is a set neck design with 33″ scale standard. If ever you come across a Drozd bass of any…

A Pair of 6ers, by Matthieu Combe and the Ibanez Custom Shop

Here we have a pair of 34″ scale six string basses from France and Japan. On the left is the “Alys” model by US newcomer Matthieu Combe. His is a one man operation in rural France. Luthiers Access Group is pleased to be able to welcome Matthieu. He is very good. One to follow in…

A pair of ( seemingly ) old Fender Basses

Here we have two Fender Custom Shop basses , a 1960-62 stacked knob JB Closet Classic and a Jaco Relic. I am a 5 string player , but going to a 4 is a hoot ! Both are gone now, but I really did enjoy these basses, I have been impressed by nearly all of…

Jack Casady / Hot Tuna Rig – Alessandro Basset Hound and Aguilar Little Jack

Yes, this is what Jack Casady plays in Hot Tuna, an Alessandro Basset Hound 50 watt all tube amp and the Aguilar JC285 ” Little Jack ” cab.td6  I love playing fretless thru this mini stack. Acoustic bass guitar as well.

Performance Guitar Basses YB Series Tints

The Performance basses have begun to arrive , here are the tints that are available. Luthiers Access Group is very happy to be associated with Performance Guitar. COMING IN MARCH – Two YB-5s are due, one with an Alder body “Twilight Burst” tint , Rosewood fretboard , white blocks and binding. Bass # 2 is…

Lawrence Brase II 5/33″ and ChamberBrase II 5/33″

I have to sometimes remind myself how fortunate I am to be able to work with the builders I do, and of course, I need to recognize the rare opportunities I have to play and compare these wonderful instruments while they are here. Luthiers Access Group is the sole US dealer of kenneth Lawrence Instruments…

Is 35″ scale better then 34″ scale? Lefay Singer 5, Lairat Maloeva, Marleaux Concat Custom and Zakrzewski Essential

Lefay Singer 5 ( 33.86” ) , Lairat Maloeva ( 34.09 “ ) , Marleaux Concat Custom ( 34” ) and Zakrzewski Essential ( 34” ). It seems to me like 34” scale basses are making a comeback of sorts. No, they were never gone, but for a number of years it was assumed by…

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