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