Bass of the Week: Justin Chancellor’s Warwick Custom Shop Masterbuilt Streamer Stage II

Warwick Custom Shop Masterbuilt Bass Streamer Stage II

Tool’s Justin Chancellor has always been known for his impeccable style and tone. While he is typically associated with a Wal bass, this week we’re taking a look at his new Streamer Stage II from the Warwick Custom Shop.

The bass is built with neck through construction with Warwick’s “hidden neck” option, which means the thru-neck is only seen from the back. Its seven-piece neck is made from wenge with Afzelia strips, while its body and matching headstock are a gorgeous Bubinga Pommelé. The fretboard is Tigerstripe Ebony with white dot inlays and illuminated side-dots for visibility on a dark stage.

For electronics, Chancellor’s bass is fitted with a pair of custom Nordstrand MM-style pickups called the Big Blademan, which were specially designed for the bassist. They’re matched to a Nordstrand 3B-5B active/passive preamp with volume, blend, tone, mid, and treble/bass knobs. The mid-frequency knob has a push/pull function to change its frequency.

While this video uses the track “Schism”, which doesn’t feature the new bass, it does have plenty of beautiful photos of Chancellor’s new axe:

Justin Chancellor’s Warwick Streamer Stage II Bass Specs:

Construction:“Hidden” Neck
Body:Bubinga Pommelé
Body Finish:Natural Oil
Neck:7-Piece Wenge/Afzelia
Fretboard:Tigerstripe Ebony
Inlays:White Dots, Illuminated Side-Dots
Fingerboard Radius:12″
Frets:24 Jumbo Bronze
Pickups:Nordstrand Big Blademan
Electronics:Nordstrand 3B-5B
Bridge:2-piece Solid Brass Warwick
Tuners:Warwick Machine Heads with Wooden Knobs
Hardware Color:Gold

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