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New York Bass Works Introduces Reference Series Basses

New York Bass Works has announced the Reference Series, a line of basses that bring together luthier David Segal’s custom work with the classic J-bass platform.

New York Bass Works Reference Series Bass - Alder and Rosewood

“The Reference Series Basses are instruments infused with the DNA of nearly 20 years of custom bass projects, complex renovations, and pain-staking repairs of nearly every brand of instrument,” the company writes. “The empirical knowledge and raging curiosity that this professional bassist/luthier brings, is core to the understanding of how the instrument feels, responds under his fingers, through his body, amplification, and most importantly, his ears.”

The basses are available in five-string versions with four and six-string models projected for late 2016. Each is built with either an alder or mid-weight ash body, a maple neck, and either a choice of maple, morado, or Indian Rosewood fingerboards. Several options for figured tops and fingerboard upgrades can be chosen along with miscellaneous upgrades like a matching headstock, block inlays, left-handed orientation, and more.

The pickups are Aguilar single coils (with an option of a P/J setup) matched to an Aguilar OBP-3 preamp. Hardware includes Hipshot tuners and bridges.

The New York Bass Works Reference Series RS5 is available for order now with a base price of $3,950.

New York Bass Works Reference Bass Ash - and Maple

New York Bass Works Reference Series RS5 Bass Specs:

Body:Alder or Mid-Weight Ash
Top:Optional Upgrade – Quilt Maple, Flame Maple, Spalted or Burl Maple
Fingerboard:Maple, Morado, or Indian Rosewood
Frets:22 or 24, Fretless available
Electronics:Aguilar OBP-3
Other:Basses made to order, many options available

For more information:
New York Bass Works