Cricket 0317

This one of the first batch of Cricket basses.  Built for a new customer named Mike.  Mike had asked for a semi-hollow bass the would give him a woody upright tone and that would have a slim and fast neck as he has had many hand issues.  He also asked for a piezo feature.

We started with a very light weight piece of Swamp Ash for the body.  I chambered it out quite a lot.  Then I added a super nice top of 5A curly Maple that has been tempered.  Mike requested a special sound hole shape.

The neck is a three piece lamination of curly tempered Maple with a Purpleheart stringer.  The finger board is Ebony and the 32 inch scale is lined out with Maple lines.  Peghead veneers are Ebony both front and on the back.

We used some special ordered TV Jones Thunder Blade pickups with gold magnets curved to match the finger board radius.  Wired with a Volume, blend, and tone controls and a LR Baggs piezo preamp.  The bass will play without a battery (mag pickups only) and the battery can be changed quickly via the magnet attached cavity cover.  Also the toggle switch to select pickups between mag only, both mag and piezo, and piezo only.  When in piezo only setting, the bass’ main volume and tone control work.

Other features are the large luminlay (glows blue) side dot markers, dunlop strap locks, Ebony knobs, Hipshot tuners in gold chrome, as well as a brass Hipshot bridge loaded with the piezo pickups.

7.8 pounds.