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Roks Instruments Unveils the Nardis Bass

Roks Instruments Nardis Bass Natural Finish

Luthier Axel Roks of Roks Instruments is known for his unique, minimalist designs. (Check out his Microtonal Futura model.) But now he’s added his flair to a more traditional design to create the Nardis, a hand-built bass that mixes vintage and modern.

“Nardis is a bass inspired by tradition, but is infused with the Roks flair and engineering,” the bass builder writes. “The result is an instrument that is conventional and progressive at the same time. It provokes you to play and will fit perfectly in every musical style and situation.”

The Nardis has an ergonomic hand shaped body of either swamp ash or alder. Its hard maple neck is topped with either a maple or rosewood fingerboard that can be inlaid with a variety of options: Pearl, Black & White Pearl, Oyster, Amazonite, Black, Tangle Fiber Black, Lava, or Bordeaux. The neck’s side dots are also two-toned with an aluminum surround that “shimmers in low light situations while the core helps visibility with bright lights.”

For electronics, Roks opted for a custom set of Häussel pickups. “They represent Nardis’s character perfectly: modern but with a traditional familiarity,” the company explains. “The sound is very dynamic with a tight low-end. They are Hum-cancelling, shielded and are fitted with an Ebony casing.”

Hear the Nardis in this demo by Mart Goosens:

The Roks Instruments Nardis is available for order now with a starting price of $2,829.

Roks Instruments Nardis Bass Specs:

Strings:4 or 5
Scale:34″ for 4-string, 35″ for 5-string
Body:Alder or Swamp Ash
Neck:1-piece Hard Maple
Fretboard:Maple or Rosewood
Inlays:Pearl, Black & White Pearl, Oyster, Amazonite, Black, Tangle Fiber Black, Lava, or Bordeaux
Side Dots:Two-Toned
Pickups:Humbucking Singlecoils by Häussel
Electronics:Passive - Volume, Volume, Tone Controls
Colors:Delta Red, Natural, Hawthorn White, Black, Yellow Ochre, Tangerine, Lagos Blue, Lightning Silver, Aubergine
Bridge:ABM Single's 19mm spacing
Tuners:Gotoh
Strap Pins:Schaller Straplocks
Hardware Color:Chrome