Bass of the Week: LedBelli Basses 6-String Noah Bass

Humans of New York’s phenomenal Facebook page often catches my attention with intimate photos and insightful stories, but this portrait stopped me in my tracks:

Kayhan Baratali photo by Heroes of New York

The bassist’s spirit and determination also called to LedBelli Basses luthier Cleve Johnson. “In January of 2015 I was surfing the Humans of New York website and came across the photo,” he said. “I was very intrigued when I saw the photo of this random busker playing bass in the subway station in New York City and I immediately decided that I wanted to build him a bass guitar, for free. I then went on Facebook and set out to discover who he was. After a few days, through some intermediaries, I had a name: Kayhan Baratali. I was eventually able to connect with him via Facebook and we developed a friendship. I explained that I wanted to build him a bass and together we hammered out the details of what he would like.”

Our bass of the week is the culmination of that collaboration. The left-handed, six-string bass is LedBelli’s Noah model built with an ash body and curly maple top for a blond theme. Its seven-piece neck is made from quartersawn maple and purpleheart, all of which is topped with a cocobolo fingerboard.

The bass is loaded with a pair of Honey Badger single-coil pickups matched to a Nordstrand 3b-5a preamp. Other features include a Hipshot “A” style bridge, Gotoh tuners, and mother of pearl dot inlays.

For more information, check out the LedBelli Basses website.

LedBelli Basses Noah 6-String Bass Specs:

Top:Curly Maple
Neck:7-piece Laminated Quartersawn Maple/Purpleheart
Fret Wire:Nickel Alloy .103 x .043
Inlays:Mother of Pearl 1/4″ dot Inlays
Pickups:Honey Badger Single-Coils
Electronics:Nordstrand 3b-5a
Bridge:Hipshot “A” Style Brass

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  1. Stantheman

    Good for you both, player and luthier! In the best of intentions can I ask how Kayhan manages to pluck his strings? What dedication to our music and the bass! Thanks

    • Kayhan uses a hammer-on fretting technique combined with a slapping technique. His nick-name is “Lefty” :)