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Bass of the Week: Simnett Guitars 5-String Fretless

Simnett Guitars 5 String Fretless Bass Controls

Jon from Simnett Guitars shot us an email with his latest build, and it’s a beauty. This five-string fretless has some gorgeous features that the luthier put serious time and effort into.

“It’s a 33-inch scale (tuned E-C) ‘piezo-only’ fretless. The Black Limba body is chambered and has a spalted Hornbeam top,” he explains. “There’s matching Hornbeam headstock veneers on the bolt-on neck, which is made from Maple and White Limba, with an Ebony fingerboard and nut. The Hipshot bridge features GraphTech piezo saddles, which are connected to a GrapTech ‘Acousti-Phonic’ preamp, with single volume control and a mini toggle EQ switch.”

While there are no audio or video clips of the instrument’s sound yet, Simnett did post a video of the shaping of the neck, which is just about as beautiful to watch:

Simnett Guitars 5-String Fretless Bass Specs:

Top:Spalted Hornbeam
Body:Chambered Black Limba
Neck:5 piece Maple and White Limba
Markers:Luminlay side dots
Fingerboard:Ebony fingerboard with Maple fret lines
Pickup:Graphtech Ghost piezo saddles
Electronics:Acousti-Phonic preamp
Controls:Volume control, and mid/dark switch
Tuners:Hipshot Ultralite
Strap Locks:Dunlop Flush Mount
Hardware:Ebony knob
Neck Bolts:Titanium neck bolts
Strings:La Bella Strings black tape wound strings

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