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Bass of the Week: New York Bass Works Cremona 5

New York Bass Works Cremona 5 Bass

This week we check out a custom Cremona 5 by New York Bass Works. Built by luthier David Segal for bassist Sean Joynes, the instrument is based around a rare wood from central Africa called Moabi. Joynes gave us the scoop:

“This new Cremona 5 bass is made of Red Alder with a Moabi Pommele (African Pearwood) top,” he wrote. “The fingerboard is birdseye maple along with a 3 piece graphite reinforced maple neck.” The 35.5-inch scall bass also has a nut made of lignum vitae, a hard wood that is naturally oily and wear resistant.

Besides incredible exotic woods, the Cremona 5 also has an interesting set of pickups. “The pickups installed are the renowned out-of-production Bartolini 9w5,” Joynes said. “This particular set was re-casted in NYBW soapbars originally for Richard Bona’s Cremona 5. Even though Richard loved the sound (he went on 2-3 tours with it), he felt it would be best to switch to a pickup with a higher output. Dave swapped Richard’s 9w’s with his custom NYBW pickups; thus, making the out-of-production 9W5’s available for this bass.”

New York Bass Works Cremona 5 Bass Photos:

New York Bass Works Cremona 5 Bass Specs:

Body:Red Alder
Top, and headstock face:Moabi Pommele ( African Pearwood)
Neck:3 piece Maple graphite reinforced
Fingerboard:Birdseye Maple
Fret Size:Medium
Truss rod cover:Ebony
Nut:Lignum Vitae
Scale Length:35.5″
Pickups:Bartolini 9W5 set re-casted in NYBW soapbars
Preamp:Aguilar OBP-3
Finish:Gloss Polyester
Bridge:Hipshot A
Knobs:Red Alder/Moabi

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Sean Joynes

Thanks Kevin for the write-up. The sound is just as amazing as the looks.

Sean Geist

Thanks Kevin for posting pics of a beautiful bass, proudly owned by a friend, Sean Joynes; and expertly built by a dear friend as well, David Segal!!



Did you like this bass, mark beretta?

Ruben DLR (@rubendlr)

Does anyone know if NYBW does short scale stuff? This baby is 35.5″ scale, but I’m more at the 32″ and lower end of things.

    David Segal

    Hello Ruben,

    I can and will build a custom bass for you in any scale length from 30″ on up in 1/2″ increments. I hope you liked Sean’s bass . I was just made aware of this article . Nice
    work by No Treble .

    Best always,

    David Segal

      Terence Rabe

      Terence Rabe

      Hi David,

      Do you check the provenance of the Moabi used on your basses?

        David Segal

        Hello Terence,

        Very good question , thank you for asking, however, I did not check provenance with this Moabi . I purchased it from a very well respected and reliable Hardwood supplier as a 24″ x 16″ x 1″ board, as requested by Sean, and re-sawed it to yield three one piece tops. I’m very confident in it’s stated origin from the seller if that is the reason for your inquiry .

        Best always,


          Terence Rabe

          Terence Rabe

          Thanks for replying David :-) I was asking because I hadn’t actually heard of this type of wood before. I googled the name and found out that although the tree itself is not endangered (just vulnerable), that there is a lot of other bad stuff happening in the part of Africa where this tree grows… deforestation, habitat loss, the native tribes being mistreated by land owners, etc… Of course I realize that none of this is caused by buying one piece of wood but it did make me think quite a bit and curious to ask the question. Thanks again for your reassurance and thanks for building such a beautiful instrument.