Eastwood Custom Shop is reintroducing another vintage bass with a remake of the Airline Pocket Bass. The short-scale bass, which GE Smith described as one of the best recording basses around, was a widely requested reissue for the company.
“This time around we will fix a few of the originals short-comings,” they explained. “We’ll give it a slightly longer scale length, upgrade the bridge and add some power to the piezo pickup. So you’ll get a fat humbucker on the neck position, a powerful piezo in the modern tune-o-matic style bridge, a master volume and a blend control to dial in between to the two pickups. This will certainly trump the cool old vintage version for tone and playability but will capture and preserve the look of the original.”
Eastwood will be building the bass with a mahogany body, bolt-on maple neck, and pao ferro fingerboard. As with the rest of Eastwood’s vintage remakes, the Airline Pocket Bass was introduced on the company’s crowd-funding pre-order platform. It will go into production once their goal of $1,600 is met. The bass has a pre-order deposit of $200 with a final price of $899, which includes a custom hardshell case.
Eastwood Airline Pocket Bass Specs:
|Pickups:||Humbucker Neck, Piezo Bridge|
|Controls:||1 Volume 1 Pickup Blend|
|Finger Board:||Pao Ferro|
|Scale Length:||26.5″ scale|
|Width at the Nut:||1 1/2″|
|Hardware:||Gotoh style Style Nickel/Chrome|
|Strings:||#50-#105 Short Scale|
|Case:||Custom hardshell case included|