The man who designs basses for BassLab out of Germany is both a musician and a physicist.
"We use a highly innovative method, following a deep and longtime research on physics.
Our ergonomic designs result in instruments that supersede the playing comfort, sound and design of conventional instruments. BassLab instruments are handmade "monocoque" (one-piece), fully integrated acoustic and extremely lightweight hollow bodies.
"This instrument is our approach of a new ergonomic standard for electric basses. We offer these in headed and headless versions, but always use the headless tuners at the tail of the instrument, while the string locks hold the standard single-ball-end strings.
"Not only being lightweight, it's also shaped to keep it in an almost 45° upwards playing position (as optimal as the classical guitar position).
"Tone-wise, the STD excels in clear tone, sensitivity and a frequency distribution, that gives you an extremely versatile tone. Everything is just there, before it gets to the pickups. Our standard pickups are Delanos, which are well known for their clear and detailed reproduction of the original sound. Of course, you can also get any other pickup of your choice. Same thing for the BassXX preamp we developed: quiet, dynamic and versatile."
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Typical 5-string specs are:
Scale length: 34"
Width/thickness at nut: 48 mm, 23 mm
Width /thickness at 12th fret: 68 mm, 25 mm
Width /thickness at 21st fret: 78 mm, 27 mm
String spacing at bridge: 17 or 19 mm
String spacing at nut: 9 mm
Pickups: 2 Delano Humbucker (others upon request)
Preamp: BassXX (bass, treble, parametric mids, active/passive switch, battery control-LED)
Power Supply: 9Volt
Power consumption: 0.5m A
Hardware: ETS bridge, truss rod
Colors: all pearl and metallic effects
Neck shape: round "D"
Weight: 2900-3200 grams (about 6.3-7 pounds)
Available as 4-, 5-, or 6-string (more upon request)
Options: integrated thumbrest, sound-holes, custom string-spacing, headed or headless etc...
Click HERE for an audio sample of the STD-IV in action.
She sells for about $3800.00 USD.
For more info on what BassLab has on the slab, check out the website!
And click HERE to read someone's review of the BassLab V.