Michel’s Bass

This remarkable bass is a 32 inch scale Drake Model 4 commissioned by a new customer from Canada.  Michel’s specs were that the bass be light in weight, have an amber colored finish, be active in the electrics, and be in the Model 4 shape.  He also liked the center stripes and core wood look that he saw on another Model 4 bass I had done years ago.

It was decided that we would go with a 22 fret Ebony fret board decorated with MOP dot inlays.  I used stainless steel fret wire for this bass.  I elected to add glow in the dark side dots as a little bonus.  The peghead veneer is of Spalted Maple and the rear veneer is Maple.

Michel selected some nice Spalted Maple for the top of the body.  He liked the look of a Mahogany core wood and wanted to go with an Alder wood back.  This was all to be separated by  Mahogany, Walnut, and figured Maple stripes down the center.   The body is chambered out quite a lot and therefore leaves the body nicely weighted and balanced.

The electronics are EMG 35 P and J pickups with Alnico magnets for a warmer tone.  The preamp is an EMG BTC 2 band EQ system.  The bass is warm and punchy but a growly Rock tone can be made easily by changing the EQ curve.

Hipshot hardware and a tinted Honey Amber urethane finish her off.

This bass weighs a little over 7 pounds.