Bass of the Week: Ulrich BassDesign Weathered Blue 5-String

Ulrich BassDesign Weathered Blue 5-String Bass

This week we’re checking out a real beauty by Ulrich BassDesign. This weathered blue five-string is built with a thermo-modified alder body and a six-piece maple and mahogany neck. While its unique body shape and color stand out, there are plenty of other details to catch.

“As a violin luthier and amateur bassist, I have a different point of view on the electric bass guitar and combine traditional methods of instrument crafting with my idea of what an instrument should look, feel and sound like,” Ulrich writes. “For instance, the headstock of my instruments traces back to the Spanish guitar. Under the influence of Antonio de Torres, this construction method proved to be a big advantage 200 years ago. Simply sticking to common design ideas of electric guitars on the other hand does not support the aesthetic evolution of building instruments. I set myself the goal to treat the electric bass guitar separately from the electric guitar, combining innovative, modern design with traditional methods trusting in centuries of experience. Adapting to new challenges of players in our present day, I build instruments offering comfort in various styles and occasions. That being said I do not try to stand out by exaggerated shapes but my instruments create an atmosphere of effortless inspiration supporting artists to make the most of their music.”

Other features on the bass include a compound fretboard radius, a pair of Harry Häussel single-coil pickups, and an ebony fretboard. Check out this quick demo to hear it in action:

Ulrich BassDesign Weathered Blue 5-String Bass Specs:

Body:Thermo Modified Alder
Neck:6-Piece Maple - Mahogany Strips
Fretboard:Ebony 24 Frets
Fretboard Radius:16-20″ Compound Radius
Pickups:Harry Häussel Single Coils
Tuners:Sperzel Locking
Finish:Weathered Blue
Weight:7.9 lbs

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