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Bass of the Week: Fleeting Guitars Tsukanoma

Fleeting Guitars Tsukanoma Bass
Photos by Arron Twinney / R&T Music

This week we’re checking out the Tsukanoma bass built by luthier Jim Fleeting of Fleeting Guitars. Taking a cue from Japanese design, the hand-built instrument features striking aesthetics.

“The Tsukanoma bass is designed as a tribute to the incredible woodworking and modern design in Japanese woodworking,” Fleeting writes. “The use of sharper corner bevels make this a departure from the usual curves and roundovers, but the beautiful contrasting woods accentuate these bevels and give it elegance.”

The bass can be built with tons of options, but Fleeting built this particular Tsukanoma with a bubinga body topped with spalted pearwood and a five-piece shedua and mahogany neck. He also utilizes purpleheart for the fingerboard, bridge, and pickup cover, which houses a Bartolini MM-style humbucker. A John East U-Retro preamp rounds out the electronics.

Fleeting Guitars Tsukanoma Bass Specifications:

Body:Bubinga
Top:Spalted Pear
Neck:5-piece Shedua and Mahogany
Neck Profile:Jazz bass neck profile and nut width
Fretboard:Purpleheart
Frets:24
Nut:Bone
Headcaps:Pink Ivory
Pickup:Bartolini MM humbucker
Electronics:John East U-Retro Pre-Amp
Pickup Cover:Purpleheart
Bridge:Purpleheart
Tuners:Schaller

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