New Andrew Pitts solo model




The new Andrew Pitts “Solo Model” 3/4 flatback bass is another fine example from this fine maker, who has a good following on the West Coast. Andrew Pitts is an American builder who has been living and working in Prague, Czechoslovakia for most of the last 20 years. As Andrew’s building has evolved and changed over the years, the basses have gotten more colorful and projective in the voicing. The solo model is designed for solo stringing that results in open notes of A, E, B, and F#, high to low.  The spruce top has bold grain lines and a complex tap tone. The mildly flame figured maple back, sides, and neck also has musical tap tones. The single unit Rubner tuning machines are recessed into the sides of the pegbox. All fittings are African ebony, The light profile adjustable maple bridge is more responsive to the subtleties of advanced solo techniques. The endpin is a solid graphite adjustable model. The amber-orange varnish is lightly applied, which also increases the responsiveness. Dimensions are: Top length 42 1/2″ (108.0 cm), Upper bout width 18 7/8″ (47.9 cm), Middle bout width 13 1/2″ (34.3 cm), Lower bout 25 7/8″ (65.7 cm), Length of back including button 44 3/4″ (113.7 cm), Rib depth at tail 8 1/4″ (21.0 cm), Rib depth at upper bout corner 6 7/8″ (17.5 cm), Rib depth at neck joint 5 1/2″ (14.0 cm), String length 40 5/8″ (103.2 cm). This bass also has strong and complex voice with standard orchestra gauge strings and tuning. With cover.