Bass of the Week: Padalka Guitars Ennea Hotchkiss 3-String Bass

Extended-range basses have become a huge trend in the last few years with instruments having anywhere from five to twenty-four strings. While Russian custom shop Padalka Guitars has built several seven and nine-string basses, they decided to take a more minimalist approach with the Ennea Hotchkiss, a three-string bass with bold contours.

Padalka Guitars Ennea Hotchkiss Body Angle

A riff on their flagship Ennea model, the Hotchkiss is a left-handed, single-cut design that features a 36-inch scale complete with 26 frets. It’s built with a two-piece white ash body and a three-piece set hard maple neck. The rosewood fretboard is fitted dot side markers and Jescar stainless steel frets.

The minimal concept is taken a step further with a single Q 2.0 MM-style pickup hooked up to only a kill switch. Hardware includes Hipshot Ultralite with two extenders, individual Hipshot bridge saddles, and Schaller-style straplocks.

For more information, check out the Padalka Guitars website.

Padalka Guitars Ennea Hotchkiss Bass Specs:

Construction:Set Neck
Body:2-Piece White Ash
Neck:3-Piece Hard Maple
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret:22mm
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret:24mm
Fretboard Radius:10”
Frets:26 Jescar Stainless Steel
Side Markers:Dot
Pickup:Q 2.0 MM Style 4
Tuners:Hipshot Ultralite with 2 Extenders
Bridge:Hipshot Individual Saddles
Strap Locks:Schaller-Style
Finish:Polyurethane, Satin

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  1. What strings are on this? Low B/E/A? You should do a six string with 3 sets of 2 like a 12 string guitar. The low string being the normal G on a 4 string bass. That would be super cool. I had a bass with piccolo strings on it and a capo too. Opened some new doors!

  2. How much does this retail for

  3. Doc.Hoc.

    What a work of art, I like it. Looks like the strings are B , E , and A lifetime strings .

  4. Jeremy

    Beautiful, but useless.

  5. ChrisDiCicco

    I bet it will be 3,000 dollars. 3,300 for the double three strings. $$$!!!

  6. William

    I don’t get it. What am I missing?

  7. William

    It is a beautiful work of art though..

  8. Trevor

    Superb craftsmanship. The neodymium Q-tuner q2.0 MM style pickup is a beast.