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Bass of the Week: Wahlbrink Hades 4-String Salmo Salar

Germany’s Wahlbrink Basses created the Hades as a workhorse bass that is “less fancy” than their Art-Line, but even so the model is a beauty. Here we’re checking out a four-string Hades dubbed the Salmo Salar, or Atlantic Salmon. The clean white finish is accented by a pickguard covered with genuine salmon leather, which Wahlbrink describes as “tough, pleasant to the touch, and always asked about.”

Wahlbrink Hades 4-String Salmo Salar Lower Bout

It’s built with the classic combination of an alder body and maple neck with an ebony fingerboard. More specifically, the neck is a master grade piece of Quilted Canadian Hard Maple that was only oiled for a jaw-dropping look and nice feel. The pickups are a pair of Häussel Bassbars matched to a Noll TCM 2 preamp. Its controls are kept simple with volume, balance, treble/bass, and a passive switch. Other features include Schaller BM Light tuners and ETS hardware.

For more information, check out the Wahlbrink Basses website.

Wahlbrink Hades 4-String Salmo Salar Bass Specs:

Body:Alder
Neck:Quilted Canadian Hard Maple
Fingerboard:Ebony
Pickups:Häussel Bassbars
Electronics:Active/Passive Noll TCM 2
Pickguard:Salmon Leather
Tuners:Schaller BM Light
Hardware:ETS