Finnish custom shop Ruokangas Guitars is now offering fretless versions of their vintage-inspired Steambass, which they introduced last year. The company included stylish fret markers on the ebony fretboard that don’t cross the whole board but instead correspond in placement to the position of the neck – the lower register has markers under the E-string, while the 12th “fret” and above is marked under the G-string.
The Steambass comes in Classic and Deluxe version, with the difference being in the body wood as the Classic is made of Ash and the Deluxe is made of Spanish Cedar body with an Arctic Birch top. Both models feature a bolt-on thermo treated maple neck, a Wilkinson WB2P bridge, Gotoh GB11 tuners, and Ruokangas’s Steambass Custom Jazz pickups. Since each bass is built by hand and to order, other options such as choice of colors, pickguards, neck profiles, and more are available.
The Ruokangas Guitars Steambass FL is available for order now with prices starting at €2,229 (approx. $3,437 USD). For more, check out the Ruokangas website.
Ruokangas Steambass FL Specs:
- Body: Alder or Spanish Cedar with Arctic Birch Top
- Construction: Bolt-on
- Neck: Thermo Treated Maple
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Tuners: Gotoh GB11
- Bridge: Wilkinson WB2P
- Pickups: Steambass Custom Jazz Pickups