Bass of the Week: BL Design Caracal 5

BL Design Caracal 5-String Bass Body

BL Design shared one of their recent builds and it stopped me in my tracks. This Caracal 5 is a five-string bass with a 35-inch scale and an incredible crotch walnut top. Its equally beautiful body is made from Spanish cedar while the 3-piece wenge and ash neck is fitted with an East Indian rosewood fingerboard adorned with Mother of Pearl side markers.

For electronics, luthier Beau Leopard chose a pair of Nordstrand Big Rig pickups matched to a Nordstrand 3B preamp. Other features include Hipshot Ultralite tuners, an ETS Tuning Fork bridge, and a high gloss polyester finish.

BL Design Caracal 5-String Bass Specs:

Body:Spanish Cedar 2 piece end matched
Top:Crotch Walnut
Neck:3-piece Wenge & Ash Neck with wenge/maple heelblock
Nut Width:1 3/4″
Fretboard:East Indian Rosewood
Inlays:MOP side markers
Fretboard Radius:Compound 12″ at nut
Pickups:Nordstrand Big Rig
Preamp:Nordstrand 3B
Hardware:Hipshot Ultralite
Bridge:ETS Tuning Fork
String Spacing at Bridge:19mm
Finish:High Gloss Polyester
Weight:9lbs. 2oz.

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  1. Absolutely stunning! Even though it is probably WAY above my pay grade, I want it…

  2. Dohn Dea'Non

    Any chance of a fretless version of a five-string?

  3. Simeon campbell

    I am interesting in becoming a professional bass player

  4. Beautiful absolutely beautiful the work of artist.

  5. Paul Maunsell