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Bass of the Week: Serek Basses Sacramento

Jake Serek of Serek Basses has a style that is rooted in the tradition of bass guitar history while advancing in his own ideas. That makes sense when you realize that he worked for one of the larger bass companies around, plus his natural curiosity led him to reverse engineering classic designs. This week we’re checking out his Sacramento model.

Serek Basses Sacramento Bass

“I began building basses a few years back under the watchful eyes of the shop supervisor at Lakland Basses,” Serek states. “I started by copying some of my favorite designs so I could further understand what made them my favorites. The Sacramento is one of my first departures from building “homages” although I think some of my stronger influences are still present.”

While bass comes in three body woods, this particular bass we’re checking out sports all mahogany with maple binding and a bubinga fingerboard. Its unique body design benefits tone and comfortability.

“The Sacramento features a chambered body and a two-piece neck set into the body with a tenon that reaches all the way to the bridge. This makes it very lightweight without sacrificing resonance,” the luthier explains. “Hipshot hardware is the standard, and I have been very pleased with the TV Jones Thunder’Tron pickups thus far. I will be experimenting with different electronics and woods on future builds. This bass is unique as well because it has double-binding whereas the standard Sacramento has binding only on the back of the body, similar to a Rickenbacker 4005. This one has a 34” scale, but I also offer 30.5” short scale. Typically this bass has a solid color Nitro finish, but the Mahogany was calling for a satin finish this time around.”

Serek Basses Sacramento Specs/Options:

Scale:30.5″ or 34″
Body Wood:Maple, Mahogany, or Poplar
Neck Wood:2-piece Maple or Mahogany
Fingerboard:Bubinga, Cocobolo, or Padauk
Fingerboard Radius:12-14″ Compound
Frets:22 Nickel
Nut Width:1 11/16″
Nut Material:Brass or Camel Bone
Pickups:TV Jones Thunder’Tron
Controls:Vol/Vol/Tone or Vol-Tone-3 Way
Tuners:Hipshot Ultralite
Bridge:Hipshot D Style
Finish:Nitrocellulose
Weight:Approx. 7-9 lbs

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