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Shuker 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.



Instrument Name Shuker Artist Bass
Construction Bolt on Neck, 4, 5 or 6 string
Scale Length 33″, 34″ or 35″ scale
Fret Amount 24 frets / fretless
Fret Type Two way truss and carbon fibre reinforcement
Inlays Position dots / inlay options and ledsmm
Headstock Matching headstock facings front and rearmm
Nut Type Composite nut and saddle
Neck Woods 5 or 7 piece laminate, mahogany / black veneer.
Fretboard Wood Ebonies, maples, rosewoods, composite fingerboards
Truss Rod Two way truss and carbon fibre reinforcement
Body Top Mastergrade figured wood facings
Body Woods Mahogany chambered body
Neck Finish
Body Finish Natural / Gloss finishes
Body Stain Natural tones
Tuners Gotoh, Schaller, Hipshot tuners
Bridge Rosewood bridge
Pickups Optional magnetic pickup – custom wound, EMG, Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio
Electronics headway transducer pickup and preamp, 2 or 3 band eq – Shuker, EMG, Seymour Duncan, East UK
Hardware Chrome, black or gold hardware


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