Jens Ritter has expanded on the idea of his R8-Singlecut bass with the R8-Concept Fretless Bass. The new models set themselves apart by utilizing the Ritter Backside Tuning System, which puts the tuning machines on the back of the bass’s body while accepting standard single-ball strings.
Another distinguishing feature is the R8-Concept’s extended fingerboard, which reaches all the way down to the pickups. Though each bass is custom built, standard woods include ebony for the fingerboard, alder for the body, and maple for the neck. Their finishes also vary.
Ritter showed two examples of the R8-Concept at this year’s Musikmesse in Frankfurt: one with a Pure White Carrara Frosted finish and another with a Transparent Red Energy body and Blue Energy finished fingerboard.
Electronics on the basses are up to the end user and can be either Ritter’s Backside Access 4-Band EQ or the Ritter Master Fretless.
The Ritter R8-Concept Fretless is handbuilt by Jens Ritter in Germany. Prices vary due to options, though a 4-string would cost around $8,500. For more info, check out the Ritter Instruments website.
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Jens Ritter Instruments R8-Concept Fretless Bass Specs:
- Custom built in Germany
- Scale: 33.3˝ for 4-string; 34.5˝ for 5-string
- Body Wood: Alder Standard, options available
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Neck: Maple
- Electronics: RITTER Backside Access 4-Band or Ritter Master Fretless