Bass of the Week: Bee Basses Worker Bee 5

Bee Basses Worker Bee 5

This week we check out a cool collaboration between Bee Basses luthier Fred Bolton and Dan Lenard of the boutique bass website Luthiers Access Group. While many Bee Basses instruments are ordered as extended range instruments, Bolton and Lenard decided to create a “normal” bass in the form of a 5-string. The resulting Worker Bee 5 is still beyond normal.

The bolt-on bass features the company’s unique Worker Bee body shape built with cooked poplar and a figured ash top. It has a 33.5″ scale with a bloodwood and flamed maple neck topped with a bloodwood fretboard. For electronics, the bass is fitted with a Delano pickup controlled with a 3-position coil selector and a Glockenklang custom preamp.

“This bass has bit of an attitude – aggressive and grindy if you like – [but is] also able to go smooth for finger-style excursions,” Lenard shares. “The low B is astoundingly good. Let’s dispel the myth that a low B bass must be 35″ scale. I have seen and heard the light!!”

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Bee Basses Worker Bee 5 Specs:

Body:Cooked Poplar
Top:Figured Ash
Neck:Bloodwood/Flamed Maple
Pickup:Delano with 3-position Coil Selector
Electronics:Glockenklang Custom +6dB Preamp
Weight:8 lbs, 12 oz

Bee Basses are hand-built and can be ordered to different specs. For more, check out the Bee Basses website.

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  1. I can picture myself playing this… nice bass.