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Bass of the Week: Bootleg Guitars Dawg

Described as a “down and dirty,” no-frills bass, the Bootleg Guitars Dawg 4 bass gets its name from the Cleveland Browns’ Dawg Pound of which we assume luthier Jon Hill is a member. Hill, who is based in Cleveland, explains he designed the bass for the working musician.

Bootleg Guitars Dawg 4 - Full View

The 4-string version of the Dawg has a 34” scale and is built with a Northern Ash body complimented by a quarter-sawn maple neck. Interestingly enough, Hill uses dollar coins for string trees.

In keeping with simplicity, the bass has a pair of passive Bartolini BC4C humbuckers with only a volume control and a blend. (A toggle switch from the prototype is shown in the pictures.)

The Bootleg Guitars Dawg bass is made in the USA and is listed for $1,849. For more info, visit the Bootleg Guitars website.

Bootleg Guitars Dawg 4 Gallery:

Bootleg Guitars Dawg 4 Specs:

  • Neck: Premium Grade, Quarter Sawn, Northern Hardrock Maple, Bolt-On
  • Fingerboard: Quarter Sawn Maple, 24 Fret 16” Radius
  • Truss Rod: Single action, Made In USA
  • Headstock: 4 in line
  • Scale: 34”
  • Nut: Solid brass 1.5”
  • Frets: Jumbo / Jescar
  • Inlay: Black Dot, 6mm
  • Body: Solid, Northern Ash
  • Pick Guard: Red, Black or White Pearloid, W/B/W, B/W/B
  • Strap buttons: Black or Chrome
  • Bridge: Hipshot B style, solid brass 3/4” SS
  • Pickups: Bartolini Humbuckers BC4C
  • Control Layout: 1 volume, 1 blend
  • Pots: CTS, 500K
  • Output Jack: Switchcraft
  • Strings: 100, 80, 65, 45 Nickel
  • Finish: Gunstock oil / Semi-Gloss Headstock
  • Case: Soft Shell Case Included