Sometimes you want a bass that is totally unique to you, and the only way to get it is to build it yourself. This labour of love was created by John Garncarz:
It is featured on buildingtheergonomicguitar.com and you can read all of the details there. It is the first bass that John has built and is definitely an ambitious project. Three things are immediately striking about it:
- It is a fan fret design (mentioned back in Bass Guitar Scale Length). The scale length is longer for the lower strings, shorter for the higher ones. This gives an appearance that is almost more distinctive than the body!
- It is headless. Or perhaps more accurately described as an inverted head-stock, with the tuners down at the bridge end – and, yes, it has seven strings.
- The pickups are hidden. John wound customer pickups and then embedded them in the body of the guitar.