De Gier Guitars is paying tribute to a classic bass design with their new model called the Lowlander. Luthier Sander De Gier studied several vintage T-Birds to create an updated version with tweaks to improve its shortcomings.
“One of the most prominent features is, of course, the 9 ply neck-through. It is a rigid construction for a bass neck, it gives a very solid feel to the whole bass,” the builder writes on his website. “It is this massive core that helps to bring out its distinctive sound. However, it is a fact that most Birds sooner or later suffer from a broken headstock. That part of the neck is a real weak spot, because of the large headstock angle and the truss rod routing, all at the point where the neck is thinnest. Here I’ve made some improvements with the Lowlander.”
The bass has less of a headstock angle and is a bit thicker to reduce vulnerability. Further, the carbon fiber neck reinforcements reach all the way into the headstock for extra stability. De Gier builds the bass with a Spanish Cedar neck and body featuring tapered body wings and specially placed strap buttons. He loads the Lowlander with Lollar T-Bird pickups and Hipshot lightweight tuners to round the bass out.
Check out this killer demo of the De Gier Lowlander by Michel van Schie:
The De Gier Lowlander Bass is custom built in The Netherlands. It has a base price of approximately $3,442 with plenty of options available. De Gier is offering every order placed in 2017 with a 500 Euro discount and says if there is enough interest that he will develop a five-string as well.
De Gier Lowlander Bass Specs:
|Neck:||Spanish Cedar with Carbon Fiber Reinforcement|
|Other:||Custom Logo, Repositioned Strapbuttons, Tapered Body Wings, Custom Options Available|