Bass of the Week: Overwater Basses Expression Semi-Acoustic Bass

Overwater Basses Expression

U.K.-based company Overwater Basses stretches things with their Expression model, a semi-acoustic bass built with a solid spruce top and 3? deep hollow Central American mahogany body bound in Cocobolo. Its body has elements of a violin-shape and a single-cut with a the lower horn cutaway for better access to up to the 22nd fret.

Available in 4, 5, and 6-string versions, the Expression’s neck is a choice of 3-piece maple and walnut or maple and mahogany laminates. Its fingerboard is rosewood except for the fretless version, which is ebony.

Electronics on the bass include a custom Headway piezo pickup built into the Overwater made rosewood bridge and an Overwater/John East design preamp. The controls are fitted into the upper bout.

The Overwater Expression is handmade in the U.K. For more info, check out the Overwater Basses website.

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Overwater Basses Expression Bass Specs:

  • Neck: 3 Piece Maple/Walnut
  • Fretboard: Rosewood (Fretted), Ebony (Fretless)
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Spruce
  • Machines: Hipshot Ultra Lite
  • Bridge: Division 1
  • Pick-Ups: OW Adjustable Rosewood
  • Electronics: OW / Headway Piezo
  • Controls: OW Acoustic 3 Band

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  1. I’m glad Chris May & everybody is starting to get the word out on the Expression.
    I’ve had mine since 2007. It does exactly what I need for a person who doesn’t play upright/acoustic bass.

  2. What’s the scale length? Any options on scale length, or all one length?