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R. Hyde Guitars Unveils The Nuvo Bass

R. Hyde Guitars Nuvo Bass

Custom builder Ryan Hyde has fit tons of mojo into a small package with the Nuvo, a bass that fits in a guitar case and weighs less than five pounds. It features a short 30-3/8″ scale and a thin body to produce a signature tone.

“The tonality is right in line with any P-bass, and the Nuvo has a ton of sustain,” says Hyde. “The neck is thick with a slight “A” profile, so it feels substantial in your hands.”

The Nuvo is built with a 3-piece mahogany and maple neck, a mahogany body, and a bubinga fretboard. It has a surf green nitro paint finish with black and white binding on the body and neck. Other features include a Nordstrand NM4 Mustang style pickup, Hipshot tuners, and an Archtop style floating bridge.

Hyde is building the bass in a small run with prices starting around $3,500.

R. Hyde Guitars Nuvo Bass Specs:

Scale:30 3/8″
Construction:Set Neck
Body:Mahogany
Neck:3-piece, Mahogany with Maple Center
Fretboard:Bubinga
Frets:22
Binding:B/W
Pickup:Nordstrand NM4 Mustang Style
Tuners:Hipshot
Bridge:Archtop-Style Floating Bridge
Finish:Surf Green Nitro Paint

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76R90S

76R90S

Straight archtop bridge? Not so good.

Anaughtybear

Anaughtybear

I also came here to complain about those bridges. Not that I would ever pay over a thousand for any bass, but EVERY custom bass featured has that awful chunk of wood on it these days.

Ian Popp

How the heck do you intonate that thing….? I’m interested in the shape and scale, but that won’t matter if you cant play in tune.

Doc.Hoc.

Doc.Hoc.

Come on guys ,$3.500 , Sire basses are more my price range.
For those that can afford such bass, all the best to you,it looks nice.

Brock Landers

$3500 for this?! You can’t even intonate it! It’s like people paying big $$$ for vintage Fender basses where you can’t even adjust the truss rod under string tension (you have to,literally take the neck off 1st) and having to settle for a crappy-looking stamped bridge that only strings thru the top. Oh, but it’s ‘vintage’… Give me a freakin’ break. You can certainly tell fools with their money and who don’t actually use their instrument as a tool to earn a living.

Jimmy M

Jimmy M

Intonation isn’t super critical on short scale basses. Besides, acoustic guitars always have bridges like that one and nobody complains. The price, on the other hand, is a legit beef, but while it’s out of the range I would pay, the builder is free to charge what he wants and you and I are free not to buy it.

ShawnL

ShawnL

While $3500 is probably out of reach for the average bassist, most will never understand how much time and effort goes into designing and building an instrument by hand. In fact most people wouldn’t even know where to start or have the motivation or vision achieve such a feat. Instead they see a mass-produced, machine-made fender for $500 and can’t understand the difference. Anything that breaks the stereotypical format of the fender pbass seems like a tough sell for the average bassist as well. Then again, considering their distrust of anything strangely unique or innovative, they probably aren’t very magical players either. To Ryan Hyde’s credit, I say don’t bother trying to sell to those types; save this bass for someone who can play on a higher caliber in the first place.

Dezz

Dezz

Was that a misprint? $3500?? Maybe $350 and buy for $275 street.

Scott

No complaints here! Just pure short-scale beauty & fat (P) toen… I can only complain on my shortage of income to buy this geest handbuilt stuff..

James Ramsey

$3500 ? Give me a classic P bass and I’ll still have money for rent : )

Andrew

Andrew

For those who were complaining about the bridge, you do realize it’s a custom built bass right? That means if you did order one you could have it set up with a fully intonating bridge instead of an acoustic bridge, that’s the beauty of custom basses. And he has a right to charge as much as he wants, he crafts them with his own 2 hands. Trust me, as an owner of a $3k warrior 5 string, I can say it’s the best bass I’ve ever owned, and I’ve owned many basses spanning from $100 to $1000, there is a difference when you dish out that kind of money.