Yes this old
idea is often remaining... however... From the early Ampeg Dan
Armstrong the question about pickups interchange ability brought
us some curious items, sometimes surprising, sometimes extravagant
and often unusable. Evolution or revolution? Simple stylistic
to go further with the "Stage Bass" named range? Why
did I get involved in such an adventure? Every project has its
purpose, its history... Read
At first... Give an answer to a customer’s demand: as
most often by the starting of such a project there is a wish,
sometimes the need of something that doesn’t exist.
Here I had to design a range of instruments that could simplify
studio recording works. A removable part under the string
would allow changing the pickups configuration upon the requirements
of the differents recording sessions. The first item was one
four strings fretted bass and one fretless, then later, if
everything is working well enough... one six strings guitar!
Such were the recipient wishes.
• Then... We had to consider the eventuality of a five
stringed bass: maybe some modules could fit for both four
and five strings? If yes it could be a good way to reduce
the quantity of units and to optimize their use. In fact a
blade magnet pickup delivers a continuous magnetic field that
doesn't consider the number of strings if large enough. So
it doesn't matter four or five strings, who can do more can
• And what about electronics?... What an important issue
as the goal is to use any kind of pickups like vintage or
modern, single or humbucking styles and even passive or active!
So the internal schematic must offer the facility to split
an humbucker coil or lead it in both parallel or serial switching
modes, but this switch must be automatically enabled when
changing the module... and without any other intervention!
• And as we're going to lay a new project... Starting
from a specification list already full, I decided to see beyond
trying to imagine modules extractable through the back of
the instrument so it would not be necessary to de-tune or
dismantle any part of the instrument. Using carbon reinforcements
to minimize any deformation due to the significant removal
of material changing your pickups configuration is now possible
in less than one minute!
• Finally... Left to take the game, the last question
was about that possible use on stage. No need to remove or
change pickups during a live performance but the instrument
must display a certain aesthetic... No way to exhibit one
of these prototypes looking like Frankenstein!
Thus was born the "Session Bass": A luthier's masterpiece?
By one way certainly. As I consider that "Luthier"
mean at the same time meet the customer's requirements, his
wishes, and also be able to look beyond a request until I
can finally make the reality more beautiful than the dreams.
• Body: Alder (3 sections with central core)
• Neck: maple, 22 or 24 frets, rosewood fingerboard, 34"
scale with compound radius (bottom "Barrel" nut for
easy trussrod access)
• Electronics: SRX-2 on-board preamp with "true passive"
mode (Others electronics available upon demand)
• Chrome, gold or cosmo black hardware
• Gotoh® GB707 tuners
• Colours: Natural (satin), black (gloss)
options (many custom features unpon demand... ask for availability
• Ebony or Madagascar rosewood fingerboard
• Set-neck for easier treble access
• Colours: any colour as well as "carbone cloth"
finish upon demand
• Hipshot® MHB or Gotoh® "Res-O-Lite"
• SRX2PM / SRX3 / SRX4 on-board preamps
(Also see "Options & Delivery")
The Session bass
comes as 4 or 5 stringed versions, fretted or frettless. Headless
versions are available. Both right or left handed Starter offer
includes two basic* modules . Hardshell included.
Send your contact and location information to get a personal
quote for custom item. Do not hesitate to contact me for more
4 months form receipt of confirmation (depends on workshop charge
at the moment).
* Examples of basic
modules (with Seymour Duncan® pickups or equal) :
#1: Jazz Bass® set (Neck + Bridge with 60's or 70's posts
upon your whish)
• Module #2: P-Bass® Split coil (Neck) / Jazz Bass®
(Bridge, 60's or 70's posts upon your whish)
• Module #3: P-Bass® Split coil (Neck) / StingRay®
• Your choice: ask for others custom positions.