Bass of the Week: Stellart Guitars Athena
This week we’re checking out the Stellart Guitars Athena, which is a five-string bass featuring a chambered body and neck-through construction. The gorgeous instrument is centered around a nine-piece neck made from purpleheart, maple, Black Gabon ebony, and padauk. It’s topped with a Ziricote fingerboard inlaid with a mother of pearl fleur de lis at the 12th fret.
The bass’s body is also a laminate of maple, padauk, and purpleheart, while the back is bookmatched Ziricote. On top is bookmatched Cocobolo that looks like you could take a bite out of it. Finally, the headstock veneer continues the exotic wood themes with cocobolo, maple, and padauk. A mother of pearl unicorn is inlaid there, as well.
Other features on the bass include EMG pickups, an EMG BQS preamp, a Babicz bridge, and Sperzel tuners.
Stellart Guitars Athena Bass Specs:
|Body wood:||Laminated Maple/Padaouk/Maple/Purple heart/Maple and book matched Ziricote back|
|Top Wood:||Book matched Cocobolo|
|Neck through wood:||9 piece laminate, Purple Heart/Maple/Black Gabon Ebony/Maple/Padaouk|
|Fretboard Wood:||Highly figured Ziricote with a white mother of pearl 12th fret fleur de lys and side dots inlays|
|Headstock veneer:||Cocobolo with Maple/Padaouk/Maple pinstripes and white mother of pearl unicorn inlay|
|Truss rod cover:||inlaid continuous Cocobolo|
|Neck reinforcement:||Low profile dual action truss rod with 2 carbon fibre rods|
|Neck to body break angle:||0º|
|Headstock break angle:||12º|
|Bridge:||Babicz (full contact hardware) 5-string bass black finish|
|Machine heads:||Sperzel bass locking black finish|
|Neck pickup:||EMG P5|
|Bridge pickup:||EMG J5|
|Electronics:||EMG BQS active EQ system 5 knob system features a balance control (blend) and master volume with separate bass and treble pots along with the concentric mid-control (stacked) and 18 V power supply for extra headroom|
|Control knobs:||Ebony with white mother of pearl dots|
|String gauge:||0.045″ - 0.130″|