Jens Ritter has introduced the R8-Singlecut, a new design featuring a single cutaway and bolt-on construction. The new instrument also introduces the luthier’s new C-3-S electronics, an active/passive switchable 3-Band EQ with custom adjustable frequencies and integrated boost, all controllable by the bassist.
The new model was debuted with four pieces, and though each has different woods and finishes, there are a few consistencies.
The R8 is available in 4 and 5-string versions, with the 4-stringers having a 33.3” scale and vintage string spacing (60mm-30mm) and the 5-stringers having a 35” scale and standard 5 spacing (70mm-40mm). The body woods vary from Alder, Swamp Ash, and Ritter’s specialty- a single solid piece of flamed maple. The luthier also utilizes his own hardware on the basses with the Ritter 3D/B1 String attachment bridge and Ritter BT tuners, made by Gotoh.
Ritter Instruments are all handmade by Jens Ritter in Germany. The price varies depending on options, but the R8-Singlecut comes in around €5870 (approx. $7,442 USD). For more info, visit the Ritter Instruments website.
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Ritter Instruments R8-Singlecut Bass Specs:
- Body: Swamp Ash, Alder,
- Neck: Maple
- Fingerboard: Maple or Ebony
- Construction: Bolt-on
- String Spacing: 60mm-30mm for 4-string, 70mm-40mm for 5-string
- Scale: 33.3” for 4-string, 35” for 5-string
- Electronics: Ritter C3-S
- Pickups: Ritter Master Slimbuckers or Triplebuckers
- Hardware: Chrome