AC Guitars has introduced a new bass model named The Krell, inspired by the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet. The bass takes its name from an extinct race of advanced beings from the movie that built a machine that could “turn thoughts into reality and project that reality anywhere on the planet.”
“I was looking to make a more aggressive shape but still maintain player comfort,” says luthier Alan Cringean. “The edge of the bass is bevelled rather than rounded over; this helps maintain the more aggressive styling. The lower horn makes playing seated very comfortable and the extended upper horn means the bass balances perfectly on the strap.”
Since each AC Guitars instrument is built by hand, there are plenty of options for customization and wood choices. Standard features include the ACG EQ03 Dual Filter preamp and custom wound B Series or MC (multi-coil) Series pickups. The prototype is a fretless and features a wenge top on a swamp ash body; a 5-piece, carbon-reinforced wenge/maple neck; and a Macassar Ebony fingerboard lined with pearwood. Its bridge is by Hipshot and the tuning machines are Gotoh GB7 tuners.
The AC Guitars Krell is available for order now with varying prices depending on customization. For more info, check out the AC Guitars website.
AC Guitars Krell Bass Specs:
- Scale: 33″
- Top Wood: Wenge
- Body Wood: Swamp Ash
- Body Finish: MLF
- Neck Wood: Wenge/Maple
- Fingerboard: Mac Ebony with Pearwood fret lines
- Neck Finish: Satin Lacquer
- Pickups Two Overwound SB single coils
- Hardware: ACG/Hipshot bridge,Gotoh GB 350 tuners, Strung with TI Flats. Transformer Balanced output via XLR as well as standard jack output
- Pre-amp: ACG EQ03 5K