Bass of the Week: Beardly Customs Fretless Five-String

Beardly Customs Fretless 5-String Bass

Rick Link of Beardly Customs shared his latest fretless build with us, and it’s a killer. The 35-inch scale bass features neck-through construction with a three-piece maple and purpleheart neck topped by a cocobolo fingerboard with maple fret lines. Its body is even more intricate.

“It has a 10 piece Zebrawood/maple, walnut/maple, cedar/maple, walnut/maple, zebrawood/mahogany body with wenge/flamed maple cats eyes,” Link tells us. “Wenge back center piece and wenge control cover. The headstock has padouk on the outer sides.”

The bass is completed with Hipshot hardware, a Bartolini DL5CBC pickup, and a three-way coil selector switch.

Beardly Customs Fretless 5-String Bass Specs:

Body:10-piece Zebrawood/Maple/Walnut/Cedar/Mahogany
Neck:3-piece Maple/Purpleheart with Carbon Fiber Reinforcements
Fret Lines:Maple
Pickup:Bartolini DL5CBC
Controls:Vol/Tone/3-Way Coil Selector
Tuners:Hipshot Ultralite
Bridge:Hipshot KickAss
String Spacing:18mm
Weight:Approx. 10 lbs

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