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A sleek take on a time-honored bass design—with some interesting twists.

Among bassists, 10-time Grammy nominee Meshell Ndegeocello enjoys a special kind of respect. Her far-reaching talent as a sidewoman has found expression in extraordinarily diverse projects, from collaborations with Herbie Hancock to Madonna to John Mellencamp. As a solo artist, she has veered from the bubbly grooves of Plantation Lullabies to the melancholy tone poems of Bitter to her recent Nina Simone tribute record Pour Une Âme Souveraine.

Given Ndegeocello’s idiosyncratic artistry, her decision to collaborate with Reverend on her signature Fellowship bass is understandable, since Reverend also approaches its art from a unique angle. The new Fellowship bass is based on the company’s Thundergun platform—a sort of angular P-bass-esque instrument—but with some substantial departures.

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