For our first Bass of the Week, we featured a bass with a twisted neck. This week, we look at the Burrell Fat-Boy acoustic bass guitar, which takes the same ergonomic idea and applies it to the body.
The design comes from the mind of Leo Burrell, who began dreaming up more comfortable guitars during his time as an engineer at a power plant in the ’60s. Made of Indian Rosewood with a Honduran Mahogany top, the bass’s form-fitting body not only contours to better fit your body, but combined with a cutaway at the 18th fret it also serves to make the upper register of the neck more accessible. The sides are bound at the top and back with Rosewood, cut vertical for a greater bond to the horizontal grain of the top, sides, and back.
The neck is a made of three curly maple boards glued together to enhance it’s strength, while the ebony fretboard features a Fender-style compound radius and 24 frets. Burrell says the action is set moderately low, with room to be lowered further. The bass also features a corian nut and ebony bridge.
Though the Fat Boy is totally acoustic, but a Fishman Pro-EQ electronics package upgrade is available. Details of the instrument can be customized, but as is it sells for $1,800. For more info, visit the Burrell Guitars site.
Burrell Fat-Boy Acoustic Bass Guitar Photo Gallery:
Burrell Fat-Boy Acoustic Bass Guitar Specs:
- Ergonomic, Form-Fitting Body Design
- Body Sides and Back: Indian Rosewood
- Body Top: Honduran Mahogany
- Neck: Maple
- Fretboard: Ebony, with Fender-style Compound Radius
- Frets: 24
- Scale: 34”
- Bridge: Ebony
- Nut: Corian
- Strap Buttons: Ebony
- Overall Length: 50″