options list – bass

Options list on the bass guitars. Options means you can modify existing models to suit your style. This means a vast range of things to choose from. All prices are extra on top of existing model you want to set out from. Some models may be "as is", for instance the Artist anniversary bass and can not be changed.

basic options

4/5/6/7 strings

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This option is one of the first to make. Our unique construction methods compliments multi stringed instruments very well

fretless option

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Fretless option is a more popular option these days. Some people want the natural tone that this gives. Especially for jazz and smaller settings this is a nice option.

I use bolt on neck system as standard with extremely sturdy M6 machine screw bolts set into the neck wich gives the slightly different sound the bolt on gives but with a stability only threaded inserts can give. Set neck is the other way. Sound is similar to Neck thru but with several advantages over neckthru, sound is more punchy with slightly less mid honk accentuation than neck thru. And you can still tailor in that honk with a center stock in the body to get exact what you want…

neck profile

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Neck profiling takes me upwards three hours to do. Not because I am slow. Because its of upmost importance to your bass. A mm wrong and it feels awkward. I have made three profiles available as standard – YES, you can choose whatever you want!

1. D- shape. Not completely flat at the back sloping down to the fingerboard.

2. C- shape. Pretty round all the way, progressing more towards fingerboard. This is the shape most prefer.

3. Hybrid of the two.

elbow cut

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even though the body has a comfortable 19 mm radius (almost completely round) most players want a elbow cut on their bass. This gives a smooth "armrest" on the bass as in the picture.

tummy cut

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For some player this feature is a no-no. For some a rib cage saver, for some very comfortable when hung low for their belly. It´s a matter of taste.

neck width

Nice bookmatched master grade Indian Rosewood!

Neck width is a very personal preference. 90% of players wants 19 mm spacing at bridge for 4 string, 18 mm for 5 string and 17 or 18 for 6-string. Most builders offer a standard size – That´s it! Most understandably, If you make necks the proper way – with templates, it gets real expensive real quick with all the combinations so If you strive from the standard neck sizes It´s available at a cost.

4 string 40 mm at nut. Spacings available at bridge: 16.5, 18, 19*, 20 mm
5 string 45 mm at nut. Spacings available at bridge: 16.5, 18*, 19 mm
6 string 48 mm at nut. Spacings available at bridge: 16.5, 17*, 18, 19 mm

* standard neck size. All other at extra cost. If you want custom sizes at nut it is available at an extra cost on top of neck size option.

scale length

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Scale length is a very personal preference. some like the organic feel of the shorter 32" scale, some prefer the extra tension of 34".

As it is now the Artist can be had with either 32" or 34" scale, the ozellman 34" only as standard due to physical properties. With the construction I use in my basses, the need for longer than 34" is really not necessary.

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This option is free of charge on all models.

wood & laminations

laminated center stock

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laminated centerstock is both visually striking and changes the overall tone. All depending on the woods and number of laminations.

half scarfed headstock

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this option is not only very good looking, it is a reinforcement of the headstock, laminated with either rosewood or santos it gives a higher strength to the headstock wich is very strong from the beginning. Theoretically it also gives higher pitch to the resonant frequency aiding  harmonics content. But that´s just theory. I haven´t tried it yet on so many similar setups to be conclusive.

bookmatched back and front

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For the connoiseur this option is the "sovereign" option on the bass. giving an almost over-indulgent feel of luxury on the bass I can use almost identical wood or why not mix it up front and back. If you love wood craftmanship this is a very good option.

*available only on Artist and Ozellman Master series basses.

hardware & frets

monorail bridges

Some people prefer Monorail bridges over the traditional Two-piece on Artist or solid bridge on the Ozellman basses.

gold or chrome hardware

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I use black hardware as standard since as a designer I believe that the hardware should not be the one thing that is highlighted. However taste comes in and you can have both gold or chrome hardware as an option.

Gold plated hardware
Chrome hardware
Ebony knobs

flush mount Dunlop strap locks

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A very nice touch to any bass, this however goes one step further; even the flange of the insert is routed into the body so it is barely visible from side view. Hides away the strap knobs in a nice way!

bass extender

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Hipshot bass extender. Drop down to D or whatever preset note you want. Some people use it to drop A on 5-string basses. Useful for a lot of situations.

fret sizes

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Fret sizes is something more than a few bassplayers rate a high concern when ordering a bass. I hold no size as better or worse than the other. However, I use a very high grade wear-resistant fret that has a high resonant frequency and hence great tone, I glue in the frets as well for 100% bond between fret and fingerboard. Fretsizes are:

Narrow / medium .080 / .042
Medium / high  .090 / .055
Wide / high      .110 / .055  (default)

Fret board material

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Fretboards contribute to the overall sound in a way many are not aware of.

Macassar Ebony is a warmer sounding material with lots of harmonic content giving a lively tone with a accented top end. Very similar to older Brazilian rosewood! One of our customers favourites lately.

Ebony gives a very precise attack definition and lots of low end accuracy and punch. Some players might think it´s a bit sterile though

Maple gives a bright harmonic content and good snap but low end stability and tone suffers a bit all things being equal. Sensitive to sweat and dirt we finish our boards.

pickups, electronics & ramps

pickup options

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A pickup´s job is really just to pick up your strings vibrations. Simple job. Not so much. Because they very much colour the sound in different ways. That is why I use a developed in-house pckup system that brings out different "colours" out of the bass. If the pickups were absolutely phase and frequency linear they would sound really boring. Combination of cleverly placed coils makes for 9 different sounds before even touching the pan-pot. And each sound is exiting! The pickups themself have 2 hardwired options: Lo or Medium Impedance. So basically its possible to have an internal switch at 1000 sek extra cost so you can switch back and forth. Lo impedance works best for  full range bright sounds and medium works for all sounds and have more mid bouyance.

pickup placement

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Placement of the pickups is a factor that affects the sound, not only individual but the space between the pickups affects the colour very much. Some people wnt the pickups close together for a thicker sound with much colouring. Some prefer them widely spaced apart for that scooped deep growl. As a rule i recommend the bridge pickup to be *45-55 mm for a tight bridge sound where you can both get a tight hitech and fuller jazz-bass type sound and thick humbucker type sound. For the neck pickup i recommend *115-145 mm for a full and tight compliment to the bridge with a sweet sounding neck pickup.
Coils are 26 mm apart on PAF and 30 mm on the SSC. So a 115 mm placed pickup will have 100/130 coil placement.

*All measurements C/C Gstring bridge saddle to pickups center.

wooden pickup covers

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Imagine the feel of wood under your fingers! Laminated ebony covers look so good and can really enhance the look of any bass. Available with or without maple stripes over the front. Can be had with the height screws at the back giving it a very clean look!

ramp option

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Ramp out of ebony or same wood/ colour as the top of the bass. Some players prefer this as it gives a very uniform feel and reference point for plucking fingers across the body.

preamp options

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The preamp is of great importance in the chain. That is why we designed and made our own because we had a sound in our head – powerful but delicate, detailed but warm. the EQ is accordingly precise and never harsh or imposing on what essential is strings on wood. So that is why I never use anything else than our own preamps. We have a four band EQ (Bass-lowmid-highmid-treble) and a 3-band EQ with semi parametric mid with bass/treble. Custom preamps available…

Passive option available, please contact for info. This option is available with hi impedance special pots and selected capacitors with straight thru special switch for very little signal loss.

Output jack position

Some prefer the output jack side mounted, some prefer it front mounted. I can offer both.

Side mounted offers rigidity and some people want side mounted for various reasons.
Front mounted is the traditional way of mounting the jack.

finishes

natural open pore finish

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This finish is what i call the best of both worlds – It protects from moisture/dirt and it hardens the surface in a way no oil can. Hence you got no sound muffler and you get the look and feel of a natural wood with the benefit of a maintenance free finish. The sound is alive and very uch "breathing". This finish is done by hand and is free of charge. And by the way, it´s very eco friendly.

high gloss Poly finish

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One of the most popular finish. And the most traditional. Basecoat that brings out the visual lustre of the beautiful woods and then several thin topcoats watersanded and buffed to a mirror shine. Both durable and protective. Quite a high class feel.

solid colour finish

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Solid finishes are available in Black, Red, White, Blue and Yellow. Several thin hi gloss  top coats give it mirror shine depth and protection like no other production bass. Available on player series

tinted finishes

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Translucent finishes are available in cherry – tobacco – black. Bursts also available as option.

stain on quilt maple

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Stain is different from tint. Stain is when colour is wiped into the grain swirl of the maple making for some drastic effects giving a very 3D effect to the bass finish itself.
The bass in the pic has a natural back and masked off edges from the burst. The whole body can be stained though at no extra cost.

Colours available: Black, cherry, blue, tobacco, amber red.

Stained QM | masked edges | burst added

*only available on master series with Quilt maple top.

pearl finishes

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Pearl finishes are expensive and sometimes even three components. Lots of extra work but trust me, the end result is worth it.

  • Orange pearl finish
  • matching headstock
  • Red pearl finish
  • stripes on body / headstock

*available on player series