Drake 100th Bass

This nice little 33 inch scale 4 string bass marks the 100th bass guitar built by Drake Custom.  The body and peghead shapes are of my new Model 9 style.  This bass was started last year and was purchased midway through the build.

The neck is exhibition grade Birdseye Maple that was originally owned by the Martin guitar company a long time ago.  It has been around for quite some time and I have held on to it for something special.  When I was getting close to 100, I decided that it would be perfect for a special bass.  The fret board was sliced off of the same billet.  We decided to go with 22 frets plus a zero fret which helps with the action and intonation.  I capped the peghead in Claro Walnut and the back in some of the Birdseye.  Since the bass was purchased mid way through the construction, the customer was able to specify that we use abalone shell for the inlays.

The body is made of Brazillian Mahogany which has been around for many years.  It was from the same lot that I first used to build my basses.  It was some of the nicest Mahogany I have ever seen and I was fortunate enough to obtain a piece to use on 100.  The top is Claro Walnut with quite a lot of beautiful figuring.

I selected Nordstrand DC4 pickups wired with a EMG BQC preamp.  You get a nice passive organic pickup with a high performance preamp that is 3 bands of EQ with a mid sweep feature.  Very versatile easy to use. The 9 volt battery can be accessed via a quick magnet cover that is removed simply by pressing in the lower corner.  The magnets are strong enough to hold the cover fast.

The hardware is Hipshot with Dunlop strap locks.

Very light in weight and with an organic passive tone that is both punchy and growly.

I am featuring the Model 9 style this year so there is a discount for this model in both 4 and 5 string versions.  Call or email for details.