Texas-based luthier Bud LeCompte has lots of cool designs on his website, but his Prototype 1.5 (aka PT 1.5) really caught our eye. With one foot rooted in the past and one stepping forward, the cool singlecut body shape has LeCompte’s unique style written all over it.
“I like a lot of the traditional instruments, but I don’t want to build clones,” he told us in a Custom Shop interview. “I try to put my own twist on the traditional designs. I have developed my own way of building instruments, so I try to make the traditionally influenced designs also fit the way I build.”
As LeCompte is a one-man shop, each bass is built to order, so woods for the body, top, neck, and fingerboard vary. The style features bolt-on construction, while the scale is 34˝ on the 4-string and 35˝ on 5 and 6-string versions. LeCompte typically utilizes Nordstrand pickups and Hipshot hardware.
The LeCompte Prototype 1.5 is built by hand in Texas with a starting price of $1,400 for a 4-string. For more details and options, check out the LeCompte website.
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LeCompte Prototype 1.5 Bass Specs:
- 4-, 5-, or 6-String Versions
- 34˝ Scale for 4-string, 35˝ Scale for 5 and 6-String
- Solid Body
- Bolt-on Construction
- Choice of Woods
- Satin Finish
- Nordstrand Pickups
- Hipshot Hardware
- Fretted or Fretless
- Left-handed upon request
- Custom Options