Bass of the Week: Kristall Solid Electric Bass

Kristall Solid 5 Electric Bass - Black

German builder Andreas Kristall makes a host of impressive basses, including this week’s bass of the week: The Kristall Solid.

Available in 4, 5, and 6-string models, the Solid sports a singlecut design with bolt on construction. Kristall says the bass was built for “Rock character, sound, look, and feel.”

As each piece is made to order, options vary from bass to bass. The body is typically made of alder, mahogany, or swamp ash while the standard neck is maple. The fretboard can be rosewood or maple per the customer’s choice.

For pickups, Kristall includes a pair of Nordstand’s Big Singles, which add deep punch, bite, and definition. The controls are configured Volume, Volume, Tone. Hardware includes Hipshot Ultralites and a Hipshot “Vintage” bridge.

The Kristall Solid is made by hand in Germany. Prices for orders outside of the EU start at €1,932.77 (approx. $2,556 USD) for a 4-string model. For more info and sound samples, check out the Kristall Basses website.

Kristall Basses Solid Electric Bass Photo Gallery:

Kristall Basses Solid Electric Bass Specs:

  • Scale: 34?
  • Construction: Bolt-on
  • Neck: One piece Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood or Maple
  • Body Wood: Alder, Mahogany, or Swamp Ash
  • Frets: 21 Frets
  • Fretmarkers: Abalone-Dots
  • Nut-Widht: 1.895? (SOLID 5)
  • String spacing at nut: .390?
  • String spacing at bridge: .750?
  • Pickups: Nordstrand Big Singles
  • Tuners: Hipshot Ultralite
  • Bridge: Hipshot Vintage
  • Strap Buttons: Schaller Security-Locks
  • Accessories: Adjusting-Tools, Gigbag

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Share your thoughts

  1. Why so expensive?

  2. It may sound & play well, I don’t know, but I have to say, It sure is ugly……..

  3. I thought it was a four stringer when I say the picture on FB. With that in mind, I would saythe neck is too small. loks cool but I wonder how it plays.

  4. Looks sweet. I like.

  5. Looks nice and all but my God the price is steep.

  6. C’mon guitar manufacturers, start making guitars/basses affordable AND god quality so that kids can get on the bass playing ladder with a good head start and a bass that’ll last them quite a few years, without breaking the bank! RANT OVER! Thank you

  7. I actually like the bass, I think they did the job right on the aesthetics when they thought of a rock oriented bass, and for a boutique bass it’s kinda affordable

  8. I’d get a glossy black one.