The Beta Rabbit

The Beta Rabbit

I started out as a bass player back in the day. I have always admired the possibilities of the Fender Bass VI. When I saw that Warmoth had the wood parts available for their take on what one of these should look like I just had to try it out.  The basic layout of this instrument as a short-scale bass is the same as the Fender it resembles, but it has two full octaves available on the 24-fret neck.  It’s tuned one octave lower than standard guitar tuning, so theoretically you have all the notes from a bass, a guitar, and everything in between at your disposal.  Building on that theme I added a Big D varitone switch, which makes multiple voices available however you have the tone and pickups configured.  I got the pickups from Curtis Novak.  He wound them to my specifications for a nice vintage tone.  The Fender American Jazz Master Tail piece with a whammy bar gives you one more thing to play with.  At 11lbs. it is sort of a brute, but it will sustain all day. 

My friend Corey Moss created a couple of audio demos for the Beta guitar.  All the guitar and bass tracks in both demos feature Corey on the Beta guitar.

  • Price $2600.00 (Texas residents must pay sales tax.)
  • Weight 11 lbs
  • Body Solid
  • Top Blue burst, quilt maple
  • Back Walnut
  • Neck Bolt-on unfinished purpleheart neck
  • Fingerboard Tigerwood (Goncalo alves)
  • Back Contour Thin U
  • Nut Black Graph Tech
  • Scale 30"
  • Radius 10"
  • Frets 24 extra jumbo
  • Bridge Modified Mustange
  • Tuners Grover vintage
  • Pickups 3 Curtis Novak custom wound Bass VI
  • Bridge Pickup Seymour Duncan SM-3 Mini Humbucker
  • Controls Master tone and volume, 3 on-off pickup switches, Big D varitone