For bassists on the go, Montreal’s Island Instruments has introduced the Traveller Bass, a four-stringer that’s pared down to the essentials. Built with size in mind, the bass was designed with a short 31-inch scale and a headless design.
“The goals were to design a lightweight, compact bass that blends modern features and ergonomics with vintage feel and tone. The extended single cut/deep cutaway design (innovated by Fodera, now ubiquitous in the electric bass world) allows easy access to all 24 frets while allowing the bass to sit such that the first fret is much closer to the player, eliminating fatigue and strain.”
Island built the bass with resonant reclaimed timbers, including a spruce body and a carbon fiber-reinforced neck of maple or Douglas Fir. The fretboard can come in maple, black locust, or composite material. Other standard features include Delano pickups, a Hipshot bridge, and headpiece (ETS pictured on the prototype), and a gig bag.
Hear the prototype in action:
The Island Instruments Traveller Bass has several options ranging from wood choice to the number of strings. It has a base price of $2,500.
Island Instruments Traveller Bass Specs:
|Finish:||Milk Paint, Transparent, or Natural Finish|
|Neck:||Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Maple or Doug Fir|
|Fretboard:||Maple, Black Locust, or Composite|
|Custom Options:||Woods, Anodized Hardware, Pickups/Electronics, Fretboard Radius, etc.|
|Case:||Gig Bag Included|