Bass of the Week: LEH Guitars Offset 5-String

LEH Guitars Offset 5-String Bass

Luthier Ellis Hahn of LEH Guitars wrote in to share a killer bass made for a killer bassist. This LEH Offset 5-string was made for the inimitable Tim Lefebvre.

“It’s not every day that Tim Lefebvre hits you up to make him a custom bass, so this build was extra special to me,” Hahn shares. “I had a blast spec’ing this one out and love how it came together. We were going for a punchy 70’s Marcus-ish vibe but with a sound tailored for Tim and his playing style (or how Tim phrased it, a ‘rude ass Jazz Bass’). My favorite bit of tailoring is the Quartersawn 2-piece neck paired with an Okoume body. It gives you the immediacy and snap of a Maple board, but the Okoume rounds out the edges and puts a little bit of worn-in-bass-warmth underneath. Pair that with a set of single coil Jazz pickups in 70’s location, and you can’t go wrong.”

Tim Lefebvre with LEH Guitars Offset 5-String Bass

The Lollar pickups are complemented by LEH’s super cool control layout. The knobs control Volume, Blend and Tone, with the latter also having a push/pull function to toggle between active and passive operation. The three faders control EQ from a Darkglass Tone Capsule preamp: High Mids, Low Mids, and Bass.

The bass also features a Hipshot Vintage Quick Release bridge, Hipshot Ultralight tuners, Dunlop Straplocks, and graphite neck reinforcements.

Lefebvre just got a hold of the bass recently, but it’s already become his go-to 5-string.

“It records so well in the studio and the overarching thing about it is how usable it is,” he says. “I got it and used it at my performance that night and I’ve been using it since. It’s a workhorse. There’s no question about it. When I need a Jazz Bass sound, there’s no debating it, this is the one I’m going to lean into. It’s absolutely blown me away.”

If you want to hear the bass in action, Lefebvre recently posted a clip from the Blue Note in NYC with it on Facebook.

LEH Guitars Offset 5-string Bass Specs:

Body:Okoume, partially chambered (chambers towards the neck, solid towards the bridge, giving better balance both on the strap and on the lap)
Nut Width:1 7/8″
Neck:Quartersawn Maple
Neck Finish:Combination of Matte Nitro (headstock, heel, and fingerboard) and Oil finish for the back of the neck
Inlays:Black Block Inlays
Frets:21 Vintage Jumbo
Pickups:Lollar Single Coil 70’s wind J pickups
Knobs:Volume, Blend, Tone (with push-pull preamp bypass)
Faders:High Mids, Low Mids, Bass powered by a Darkglass Tone Capsule Preamp
Pickguard:3 Ply Black White Black
Bridge:19mm Hipshot Vintage Quick Release
Tuners:Hipshot Ultralight with Steel Posts for added headstock mass
Finish:Olympic White high gloss Polyester
Other:Dunlop Straplocks, Spokewheel Truss rod adjust, graphite-reinforced neck

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