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Bass of the Week: Lea Bass Guitars Dumpster Bass

Lea Bass Guitars Dumpster Bass

As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That’s why luthier Scott Sterling of Lea Bass Guitars decided to create the Dumpster bass. Although the bass has a fine fit and finish, the components didn’t start out that way.

“This bass started out as an ‘upcycled’ experiment in tonality – all the wood is from dumpsters in my local area,” he wrote on the Lea Bass Guitars Facebook page. “The top is oriented strand board (OSB), the tone ‘wood’ is Masonite, and the body is made from a clear pine 2X10. The neck is oak from a discarded bannister, and the fretboard is maple from an old kitchen drawer.”

Even the headstock logo (made by Aulson Inlay) is cut from a corian countertop sample from Lowes. Sterling didn’t skimp on the bass’s fittings, opting for a pair of Norstrand Fat Stacks pickups, a Bartolini preamp, and a Hipshot A-Style bridge.

“The bass sounds great – way better than I ever expected,” Sterling adds. “Very clean and clear tone. I also expected the wood to move a lot and that the bass would have trouble staying in tune – turns out that’s not the case at all. What started out as an experiment has ended up as one of my two main gigging basses!”

For more information, check out the Lea Bass Guitars Facebook page.

Lea Bass Guitars Dumpster Bass Specs:

Body:Recovered Pine with Masonite Tone Wood
Top:Recovered Oriented Strand Board (OSB)
Neck:Recovered Oak
Fretboard:Recovered Maple
Pickups:Nordstrand Fat Stacks
Electronics:Bartolini Preamp
Bridge:Hipshot A-Style