Noah’s Hornet

This is a prime example of a Drake Hornet model bass.  Returning customer Noah M wanted and nice and light weight semi-hollow bass that would be great for Classic Rock.  This basically is a standard Hornet with only a few custom options.  

We started with a three piece quarter sawn tempered Maple neck.  Nothing better for stability.  I used a slice of quartered Wenge for the stringer.  We went green (or black) by using Richlite simulated Ebony for the 32 inch scale fret board.  I used narrow stainless steel frets.  Peghead veneers fore and aft are made of Rocklite (sim Ebony).

The body back is a single piece of tempered Swamp Ash.  I topped it with a nice Claro Walnut that has a nice color and figure. So resonate and with a full range of tone.  You may notice that I laminated a layer of B/W/B veneer to create a purfling line between the top and back.  This is standard on Hornet basses.  I continued this scheme on the peghead.

The electronics are TV Jones Black Blades that they made up for me.  The controls are Volume, Volume, Tone with a push pull kill switch.  This is so when you are at a gig or in the studio, once you dial in the perfect settings and your sound person is smiling, you simple pull out the tone knob and you can leave everything set where it is without shutting down your rig or changing the volume.

Hipshot hardware, Gucci knobs, and Luminlay glow in the dark side dots round out the equipment.  About the only custom options were the diamond inlays, custom neck carve, and Noah wanted regular strap buttons rather than straplocks that are standard.


This bass weighs in under 7 pounds.  Nut is 1.5″ wide 2.48″ wide at the high fret.