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Bass of the Week: Little Guitar Works Torzal Standard

With time comes innovation, and for bass players it means lighter rigs, improved effects pedals and ergonomic basses. The Little Guitar Works Torzal Bass is a prime example of that progressive ideology. The customizable bass features your choice of woods and pickups, but the real “Twist” is in the neck. Literally.

Developed in the mid-90s as a response to players with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the Torzal Standard’s neck is rotated a total of 35 degrees, with (+)15 degrees at the bridge and (-)20 at the nut. The twist allows for more natural positions for both left and right hands, reducing tension from conforming to the instrument and ultimately lowering the risk of injury.

The strings aren’t parallel to each other, the fretboard follows the angle to keep intonation and tone. Builder Jerome Little also took weight and balance into account for overall comfort.

The Little Guitar Works Torzal Standard is available in 4- or 5-string versions. For more on the bass, visit the manufacturer’s website.

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Little Guitar Works Torzal Standard Specs:

  • Scale: 34″
  • Body: Choice of Woods
  • Neck: Choice of Woods
  • Fretboard: Choice of Woods
  • Frets: 24
  • String Spacing: 4-string- .750″ at Bridge, .406″ at Nut; 5-string – 708″ at the Bridge, .375″ at the Nut
  • Nut: Bone
  • Pickups: Nordstrand
  • Electronics: Passive Circuit with volume/blend/tone knobs
  • Other Details: Twisted Ergonomic Neck, Matching Headstock and Body Wood, Matching Wood Cover Plates
  • Base Price: $3,300 for the 4-string; $3,500 for the 5-string