There are lots of interpretations of the old J-bass, but one that strikes me most is the BeBop made by Dutch boutique shop De Gier. It offers a little more in the curves department with subtle tweaks to set itself apart from the classic design.
Available in 4- or 5-string versions, the De Gier BeBop comes standard with an alder body, hard maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard, though several options are available. The basses are handmade in small batches, so customization is up to the buyer. The pickups are a choice of Fralins or Nordstrands with controls configured Volume, Volume, Tone.
Special to this bass is the De Gier/Vanderkely Fatboost, an “active but subtle bass boost” that is designed to keep the tone as close to its original passive sound as possible. It’s activated by a switch and gives you up to 6dB of boost in the low frequencies, while in the off position the circuit is true bypass for completely passive sound.
Hardware on the BeBop includes a custom De Gier/ETS bridge and Hipshot Ultralight tuners. It’s available in all traditional solid colors as well as sunburst and metallic finishes.
De Gier BeBop Bass Photo Gallery:
De Gier BeBop Bass Demo with Richard Bona:
De Gier BeBop Bass Specs:
- Body: Alder
- Construction: Bolt-on
- Scale: 34˝
- Neck: Hard maple
- Neck shape: C
- Neck width at nut: 39 mm on 4-string; 47 mm on 5-string
- Neck width at last fret: 63 mm on 4-string; 78 mm on 5-string
- Thickness at nut: 20 mm
- Thickness at 12th fret: 23.5 mm
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fret size: Small
- String spacing at bridge: 19.5 mm on 4-string; 19 mm on 5-string
- Fingerboard Radius: 7.5˝ to 12˝
- Number of frets: 21
- Pickups: Fralin or Nordstrand
- Bridge: Custom De Gier/ETS
- Tuners: Hipshot ultralight
- Controls: Volume/Volume/Tone and FatBoost
- Color: All traditional solid colors available. For sunburst and metallics see custom options.