Luthier Shawn Shannon was showing off his production bass prototypes at the NAMM Show this year, and now the first model is available for order. The SVS Designs Adapt is a four-string bass designed to provide tonal clarity in standard, drop, and sub tuning that the company says is normally exclusive to five and six-string basses.
Hand-built in the U.S., the Adapt is crafted with a one-piece alder body and a five-piece maple and mahogany laminate neck. Its unique neck features a 36″-35″ scale with a fanned fretboard that reaches all the way up to 27 frets and can be ordered in maple or jatoba woods. The fingerboard has white pearl inlays in its top and side with built-in LEDs in your choice of red, green, or blue colors.
For electronics, SVS fits the Adapt with a whopping three-pickup system complete with two soap bars and one Music-Man styled humbucker. They can be either EMG or Bartolini. Hardware includes Hipshot bridges and tuners, Dunlop dual-design strap locks, and Kalium strings. The bass comes in two finishes: Gloss Blac or Burgundy Metallic.
The SVS Designs Adapt bass is available for order for $1,250.
SVS Designs Adapt Bass Specs:
|Neck:||5-piece Maple and Mahogany|
|Truss Rod:||Dual Direction|
|Fretboard:||Maple or Jatoba|
|Fretboard Inlays:||White Pearl with LEDs (Red, Green, or Blue)|
|Pickups:||EMG or Bartolini Soapbars with Music-Man-Style|
|Controls:||Three Stacked Volume and Tone Control Knobs, Mini-Switch for LED On/Off|
|Finish:||Gloss Black or Burgundy Metallic|