New custom New Standard Cleveland Plywood


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This recently completed custom New Standard Cleveland Plywood model is a great example of the customizing that we have done to make them perform even better than their wonderful stock sisters. The Cleveland model is New Standard’s version of the venerable American Standard plywood basses made by the H. N. White Company from the mid-1930s through the early 1960s. The old troublesome original style delicate dovetail neck joint and extremely long 43 1/2″ string length on the H. N. White basses has been replaced by New Standard with a standard chalk fit neck joint and a much more friendly 42″ string length.  We order these “in the white” without the neck attached to allow a steeper angle for about 1/2″ more bridge height. The higher bridge gives a much stronger presence on the E and A strings. The custom red-brown finish on this one is oil varnish over a base coat of spirit varnish. The plywood top and back plates are made in Germany and feature a poplar inner core. The neck is German and features a nice medium-full profile that makes long performances a breeze.  The special Rubner half plate tuners have a “vintage” satin surface treatment and an “E high, G low” arrangement that I prefer. The fittings are ebony, the 7″ bridge is an Aubert “De Luxe” model, and the 10 mm steel rod  endpin is from Gotz. Dimensions are: Top length 42 1/2″, Upper bout width 20 7/8″, Middle bout width 16″, Lower bout 26″, Depth at tail 8 1/4″, Depth at upper bout corner 8 1/8″, Depth at neck joint 6 7/8″, String length 42 1/4″. This bass has a commanding presence in a group and a profound low end for a plywood instrument. A great performance instrument. Currently strung with Obligato strings, but Spirocore mittel and Evah Pirazzi strings also function quite well. With cover.

Price: Sold