Bass of the Week: Esh Stinger I
Designed by Jochen Imhof, the Esh Stinger I is described as the company’s “dark side” and was even used by Type O-Negative’s Peter Steele.
In addition to several finishes, the German company created a Monstergreen finish with green pickup covers and block inlays as a tribute to the fallen low-ender.
Featuring bolt-on construction, the Stinger I is built with a three-ply Hard American Maple neck with a walnut strip and either a European or Swamp Ash body. It comes in 4- and 5-string versions and can be made left-handed as an option.
The bridge and tuners are made by Schaller, whose factory is only three miles from the Esh headquarters.
Esh includes active EMG pickups in either J/J or MM sets. The company also includes its Esh-Tronic circuit, which puts a piezo under each string. Each string’s piezo is adjustable in volume for preferred balance. With the circuit comes the Esh-tronic “command” knob that switches the circuits to either a direct out, magnetic pickups only, magnetic and piezo pickups, or piezo pickups only.
The Esh Stinger I is made in Germany and has a base price of €1,650 (approx. $2,144 USD). For more details, check out the Esh website.
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Esh Stinger I Bass Specs:
- 4- or 5-string Versions
- Left-handed Version Available
- Construction: Bolt-on
- Scale: 34?
- Neck: 3-Ply Hard American Maple with Walnut Strip
- Nut: Graphite
- Frets: Medium Jumbo
- Body: European Ash, Swamp Ash
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Bridge: Schaller 2000
- Tuners: Schaller Type 2000
- Finish/Colors: Sandblasted
- Pickups: Active EMG J Set or MM Set, Piezos
- Electronics: Esh-Tronic Circuit
- Made in Germany