Custom shop Birdsong Guitars has introduced a new fretless model called the Embrace. The bass, which was prototyped over several years, is a 32˝ scale fretless neck-through with a single passive soapbar. Described as a “working man’s electric fretless”, the bass is handmade in Texas yet streamlined to offer a price most everyone can reach.
Birdsong will be making Embraces regularly with set woods, however, you can order the bass you like. The company suggests walnut, mahogany, and Spanish Cedar for the body wings and maple or mahogany for the neck. The fingerboard can be rosewood, “red” woods, maple, or ebony, and the control plate will be built to match. Of course, other wood options are available for an up charge.
Birdsong will be mainly offering Embraces “from inventory” for $975, while special orders will be built for $1,100 plus any wood up charges. They’re also making eight “8th Anniversary” Embraces with wild Texas Mesquite with black Ebony boards for $1250. For more info, check out the Birdsong Guitars website.
Birdsong Embrace Fretless Bass Specs:
- Body Wings: Walnut, Mahogany, Spanish Cedar
- Neck: Maple, Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Rosewood, “Red” woods, Maple, Ebony
- Pickup: Single Passive Soapbar
- Bridge: Wood matching fingerboard; Thru-body stringing
- Nut: Wood matching fingerboard
- Control Plate: Wood matching fingerboard