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Bass of the Week: Vuorensaku Guitars Mama Bass

Vuorensaku Guitars Mama Bass

I’m not sure what makes a bass with old-school mojo so appealing, but I do know that the Vuorensaku Guitars Mama bass has it in spades. The first bass in the Finnish company’s T. Family collection, the Mama shares several aspects of instruments from the past including a flexible body design.

“In the beginning, I was already sure that I’d like to design a body shape that would work as a both – guitar and bass. And like with guitars I could mash-up with all the best combinations and features from the world of bass. And even more, mix up with bass and guitar features together,” builder Saku Vuori writes on the Vuorensaku website. “This cool and simple setup has vibes from ´51 P-bass with a twist from Mostrite. The pickup is my own design called “Bass bar”. It’s a simple one-coil pickup with big 9mm Alnico5 magnets and P90 sized cover. Nice fat sound and cool looks!”

The bass’s contoured body is made from Honka, which is a Finnish pine and matched to a Canadian Rock Maple neck and fingerboard. For extra retro style, Vuori finishes the Mama in an aged Magnolia White. The bass is rounded out with Gotoh hardware and an elk bone nut.

Vuorensaku Guitars Mama Bass Specs:

Body:Honka (Finnish pine)
Neck:Canadian Rock Maple
Fretboard:Canadian Rock Maple
Neck profile:J-bass C (21-23mm)
Scale:34″
Nut:38mm Elk Bone
Fretboard radius:9,5 to 10″
Frets:20 – Wagner 9664 Stainless Steel
Hardware:Aged Nickel /Chrome
Tuners:Gotoh Vintage
Bridge:Gotoh
Pickup:Vuorensaku Bass Bar
Controls:Volume & Tone & Jack
Finish:Aged “Magnolia White”, Satin NC-Lacquer