Three's No Crowd
I've been building guitars and basses for around 8 years - many for my own use or for fellow band members but occasionally I take on commissions for folks who want something a little bit different. This is one such build.
It's a shortscale (30”) headless four string bass - a commissioned build that seeks to blend a traditional look with some very modern features. It uses the Nova Guitar Parts headless system from Andre Passini in Brazil – an excellent and ‘great bang for the buck’ system – and is also fitted with the unique Super-Quad pickups from SimS Pickups in the UK.
Each Super-Quad can switch, with SimS patented Tri-Logic switching system, between a split coil, single coil, and full humbucker. And some clever wizardry in the switch means there is no volume change between the options! The choice of configuration is indicated by a red, blue or green LED, although the pickups themselves are fully passive.
And this bass, as far as I or SimS know, is the first one in the world with THREE of them!
Here is the spec and some finished shots:
Scale Length: 30”
Top Wood: Walnut
Back Wood: Mahogany
Neck: 9 piece Mahogany and Maple Laminate
Pickups: SimS Pickups ‘Super-Quads’ (UK)
Electrics: Master volume and tone; On/Off toggles per pickup; SimS Trilogic Switching per pickup; 9v for LEDs
Headless System: Nova Guitar Parts (Brazil)
Weight: 7 lbs 0 oz
The build thread is here:
Thanks for looking!