Artist Bass – Audio

Richard Memmott – Pearson Memmott Conspiracy

4 String Artist Bass


Artist Bass

The Artist basses were designed to primarily give a sound and tone similar to that of an upright bass, but feel and play like a regular electric bass. The first Artist I made was in 1995, it has changed a bit since then! Depending on what sort of strings are used the bass behaves differently. Nylon tapewound strings give the bass the upright sound, flatwound strings a more acoustic fretless tone and roundwounds a very organic electric fretless. A magnetic pickup can also be added to give more variation in tone.

As standard the bass has a laminated mahogany and wenge or mahogany and black veneer neck with a mahogany headstock scarf joint, wenge accent. There is a choice of fretboard, african ebony, macassar ebony, ziricote, kingwood, to name a few. The Headstock veneer matches the body top and finish, front and back, with a black veneer between.
The body is mahogany, chambered, with a drop top, a large choice of woods available. Black top edge binding. An optional sound hole can be routed into the upper bout. The pickup is a piezo transducer mounted beneath the saddle but there is the option for the body to be routed for a single magnetic pickup. The bridge is rosewood and mounted in a recess.
A volume and tone control as standard but there is the option for a 2 or 3 band eq.

A very versatile instrument.


Bolt on Neck
4, 5 or 6 string
33″, 34″ or 35″ scale
24 frets or fretless
5 or 7 piece laminate, mahogany / black veneer.
mastergrade figured wood tops
mahogany chambered body
rosewood bridge
ebonies, maples, rosewoods, composite fingerboards
position dots / inlay options and leds
Gotoh or Schaller tuners
composite nut and saddle
two way truss and carbon fibre reinforcement
small, medium & jumbo fretwire
Chrome, black or gold hardware
headway transducer pickup and preamp
Optional magnetic pickup – custom wound, EMG, Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio
2 or 3 band eq – Shuker, EMG, Seymour Duncan, East UK