This just completed New Standard Cleveland hybrid model has a custom neck angle that results in a 7 1/8″ bridge height and a custom varnish finish that reminds me of early 1950s Epiphone basses. Set up for pizz playing, this instrument has a very large and forceful voice. The solid European spruce top has well-defined grain in the center section that you;ds a very colorful and powerful voice. The solid European maple sides have a slight curly flame figure to them. The laminated European Maple back had some more curling flame figure in the center area. The European Maple neck was set to a custom steeper angle and has the effect of bringing more strength to the “A and E strings. The Rubner half plate tuning machines have a matte gold finish that gives a subtle vintage look to the surfaces. The nut, Replacement fingerboard, and Replacement taller tailpiece saddle are all made of ebony. The Hill style Rosewood tailpiece brings a vintage look to this bass that may remind some of the classic vintage American laminated basses of the 1930s-50s. The bridge is an Aubert, made from European maple and it has had the larger wheel adjusters added. The endpin is a solid graphite model from New Harmony. The amber-orange varnish finish is reminiscent of the Epiphoine finishes from the late 1940s and early 1950s. Strung with Thomastik Spirocore orchestra gauge strings, this instrument has a huge presence in an acoustic setting.
Top length 42″, Upper bout width 20 7/8″, Middle bout width 15 3/4″, Lower bout width 15 3/4″, Lower bout width 26″, Rib depth at tail 7 7/8″, Rib depth at upper bout crease 7 7/8″, Rib depth at neck 6 1/4″, String length 42 1/8″.
The setup by Jeff Sahs assures easy playing with a large presence in acoustic settings. A greaser gigging bass for jazz or roots musics. With Cover.