Bastard Basses has launched with an innovative prototype called the Little Bastard. Born out of a final exam project for designer Szabolcs Sinka’s Master’s in Product Design, the prototype bass is based around a 32-inch to 30-inch multi-scale neck. The bass’s concept also incorporates some forward thinking in the design process for ergonomics and visual flair.
“Little Bastard uses a unique design language as its shapes follow a matrix that creates a visual balance between the body and the multi-scale fretting system,” Sinka explains. “The matrix was specially designed to make the look of multi-scale guitars pleasing to the eye.”
The Little Bastard is built with a cherry body, maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard. Its dual coil pickup can be switched between parallel, single, and series modes, while the NOLL TCM 3 passive/active electronics offer a 3-band EQ with mid switch. Hardware includes Gotoh tuners, aluminum control knobs, and a mono-rail bridge.
For now, the Little Bastard is made to order and can be created with a variety of finishes, woods, and hardware. The current price is between $2,200 and $2,600 depending on options, though the company is currently working on a version that could be mass produced for less. For more info, check out the Bastard Basses website.
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Bastard Basses Little Bastard Bass Specs:
- Made in Budapest, Hungary
- Neck Wood: Maple
- Neck Finish: Matte black paint
- Construction: Bolt-on
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Nut: Rosewood
- Frets: 19
- Multi-scale: 32?–30? (812 mm – 762 mm)
- Body Wood: Cherry
- Body Finish: Matte white paint
- Pickup: Dual-coil
- Switching: Parallel/Single/Series
- Electronics: Active, NOLL TCM 3
- Controls: 3-band EQ – Volume, Bass, Mid (switch 400/800 Hz), High; Passive mode: Volume, Bass, Tone
- Tuning Machines: Gotoh (left handed type)
- Control knobs: Unique designed aluminum knobs
- Bridge: Mono-rail bridge