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Spalted Maple 4 string fretted bass

The Wood

Spalted Maple top 
Wenge and Curly Maple 6 piece body

5 piece neck, 34" scale
Macassar Ebony fretboard

Ebony nut
Matching wood for truss rod cover and front/back of headstock

The Hardware

Hipshot bridge and  lollipop tuners
Stellartone 6 position ToneStyler to give a range of pre-equalized positions
Delano HE/S pickup 
Stringjoy light gauge heavy bottom strings
2-way adjustable truss rod to control height of action and dual carbon fiber rods to add strength to the neck without adding weight.


The Design

This bass has gotten a lot of attention. I think there are a few reasons why it is so special. First, that spalted maple wood is so picturesque. As you can see by the close-ups, the highly figured top just captures your attention. I also enjoyed creating this unique design with the layers of wenge and maple wood on the body and neck. The eye rolls over each curve and I think it really shows off these magnificent exotic woods by the contrast and design. 
This was the instrument that extraordinarily talented Seattle bassist, E. Pruitt wanted to play at the Tacoma Guitar Festival. It was the instrument that Rudy Sarzo (of Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Whitesnake) strummed on for nearly an hour, noting the balance and feel. It was also the one picked up by Bass Magazine to feature. So, I am not surprised when I take this one out of the case and people ask to hold it and play it. There is something about this special instrument that draws you in and keeps you inspired. 

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