Bass of the Week: BlueLotus Basses BLSC4

BlueLotus Basses BLSC4 BassThis week we’re checking out the BlueLotus Basses BLSC4, a singlecut neck-through design built by Matt Scarpa. The luthier crafted it around a five-piece quarter-sawn hard maple and wenge neck.

“The three-piece body features a highly figured quilted maple top over an alder body and wenge tone layer sandwiched in-between,” Scarpa writes. “Alder, being light in weight, helps keep the overall weight of this instrument down. Tonally, alder provides a nice warm low-end, while the wenge tone layer provides growl and punch.”

Other features include an ebony fingerboard and a quilted maple headstock. The pickups are a pair of Norstrand Big Singles matched with a Nordstrand 3-band active/passive 3b-5a preamp.

“My goal and ambition for BlueLotus Basses is to continue to build bass guitars, to learn, and to work towards developing new and interesting bass guitar instruments, superior in sound, craftsmanship, and ingenuity,” Scarpa says.

We’re looking forward to more!

BlueLotus Basses BLSC4 Bass Specifications:

Strings:4 Strings
Scale:34″ scale
Body:Alder and Wenge
Top:Quilted Maple
Neck:5-piece quarter-sawn hard maple and wenge with 2 carbon fiber reinforcement rods
Nut Width:41mm (1.625″) Nut width
Frets:24 Jumbo stainless steel frets
Fretboard radius:16″
Finish:Hand rubbed oil finish
Truss Rod:2-way (dual) adjustable truss rod
Pickups:Nordstrand Big Singles
Electronics:Nordsrand 3b-5a Preamp
Tuners:Hipshot Ultralite Tuners - Black
Bridge:Hipshot A-style Bridge - 19mm spacing - Black
Other:Fully shielded copper tape control cavity, Schaller Locking Strap Locks, THG Knobs - Wenge, Switchcraft barrel jack

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