Model 1 Classic & Featherweight series 32″ scale basses. Specifications match the equivalent Special, Standard, Deluxe, and Custom Model 1 guitars with regard to woods and appointments.
All of the Deluxe Series Model 1 basses are highly detailed instruments, featuring a 5 piece laminated* maple set neck with graphite reinforcement.
The modern series Model 1 Basses have an archtop style bridge with an optional piezo pickup.
Our In-House "Hot Humbucker"
Electronics – The Model 1’s have our in-house-made “hot humbucker”, the passive models “A” run just straight out with a volume and tone control with a push-pull coil cut switch on the tone control. Option “B” uses the same pickup but with a high-headroom 18 volt preamp (the D-TAR Eclipse) that has trim potentiometer adjustable gain which allows anywhere from 3 to 12 dB of additional gain and a buffered output. Both options “B” & “C” allow for blending of a piezo pickup “P” suffix or a second magnetic pickup.
*Finishes – The earliest Model 1 guitars and basses from the late 1970s and early ’80s were all finished natural, but they have aged to a warm tan color, so if you are seeking to achieve that early look, you should ask for the tan stain which is done directly on the wood to enhance the natural look of the wood. In more recent years we have done a lot of Model 1s in a deep maroon or dark brown. We have a wider color pallet on the FeatherWeight series where many of the lighter colored woods can en given various forms of sunburst and transluscent stains. Call if you’re interested in custom colors.