Taranaki Basses Introduces Acrobat 32 Bass

German boutique company Taranaki Basses recently unveiled their Acrobat 32, a medium scale bass featuring their own custom pickups. The passive pickups have individual coils for each string, resulting in 8 coils per humbucker. Taranaki describes it as “the most active sounding pickups ever.”

Taranaki Acrobat 32 Bass

Though the bass is open for customization, standard features include a khaya body, walnut top with a maple veneer, and a maple neck with walnut stripes. The fretboard is rosewood, and the nut is ebony. In addition to 22 super jumbo frets, the Acrobat 32 has a Zero fret.

For hardware, the bass has a custom ETS bridge, Gotoh tuners, and Schaller Security Locking strap buttons. Noll electronics come standard on the bass with Volume, Balance, Treble, Mids, and Bass controls. Other electronics are available on request. (Bartolini preamp shown.)

Taranaki Basses is currently accepting orders for the Acrobat 32, which will have a price around €2,800 (approx. $3,720 USD) depending on options. For more, check out the Taranaki Basses website.

Taranaki Basses Acrobat 32 Specs:

  • Body: Khaya
  • Top: Walnut with Maple Veneer (Other tops on request)
  • Body Finish: Clear Satin
  • Neck: Maple with Walnut Stripes
  • Construction: Bolt on
  • Neck Finish: Satin – Matching Headstock
  • Nut: Ebony
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Inlays: Mother of Pearl – Dots (or custom oval)
  • Frets: 22 Super Jumbos + Zero Fret
  • Neck Profile: Round D
  • Scale: 32? (Medium Scale)
  • Bridge: ETS Custom (Germany)
  • Pickups: Taranaki Custom 80 (Striped wood covers on request)
  • Electronics: Noll (Germany) – Volume, Balance, Treble, Mids, Bass Controls, 9 V
  • Tuning Keys: Gotoh
  • Strap Buttons: Schaller Security Locks

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  1. This bass sounds like my Kubicki FActor! nice..

  2. looks like an Alembic/Fender splicing :)

  3. The description of the pickups sounds eerily similar to that of Wal’s pickups.

    • Larry Miller

      old Ampeg “scroll head” basses had same p/u coil configuration..8 coils…Models AMB-1..AUMB-1

  4. I think its looks a lot like wal. but at this price, I go for the wal..

  5. Boutique wal copies. Dig ’em. The price tag: Not so much.