Bass of the Week: BassLab STD

BassLab isn’t your ordinary bass manufacturer and they certainly don’t make your average bass. Developed by a musician and a physicist, the company uses a tuneable composite material instead of wood.

BassLab STD Blue Fretless Bass

“We use carbon for stiffness, but add other [elements] to the mix for tone,” they shared. “It’s called ‘tuneable’, because we can also alter the tone.”

BassLab’s flagship instrument is the STD, a lightweight bass available in headed and headless models as well as 4-, 5-, and 6-string versions. Its body and neck are a single, hollow piece. The body features lots of ergonomic shaping for comfortable playing while the design helps keep it at nearly a 45° angle for a natural playing position.

The BassLab STD comes standard with a pair of Delano humbuckers and a BassXX preamp. Options on the bass include an integrated thumbrest, soundholes, custom string spacing, and more.

For more, check out the BassLab website.

BassLab STD Bass Gallery:

BassLab STD Bass Specs:

  • Body: Tunable Mixed Composite
  • Neck: Tunable Mixed Composite
  • Pickups: 2 Delano Humbucker
  • Preamp: BassXX (bass, treble, parametric mids, active/passive switch, battery control-LED)
  • Power Supply: 9V
  • Power consumption: 0.5mA
  • Hardware: ETS bridge, truss rod
  • Colors: Choice, with pearl and metallic effects
  • Neck shape: round “D”
  • Weight: Approximately 6.3 to 7 pounds
  • Available as 4-, 5-, or 6-string (more upon request)

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  1. That right there is a Doctor Evil bass. Awesomeness.

  2. Nice. But I’d like to find my fretless Steinberger which was stolen about 15 years ago. Trans Trem equipped (which I never used much and didn’t lock too well). Still, cool looking, played like a dreaml and everyone loved the sound. And the thing never went out of tune.

  3. STD… I have a too-strong mental association with the medical acronym (Sexually-Transmitted Disease).
    Also the pickups look off for make benefit t3h slapzz.

  4. I wouldn’t mind owning one just for the novelty of it. People we see it and say “What the [email protected]## is that?”

  5. I’ve been ogling the Basslabs L-Bow myself. If only I had, you know, like 3 grand to drop on an instrument every time I saw one that was sexy.