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|
|Body Finish||Natural / Gloss finishes|
|Body Stain||Natural tones|
|Tuners||Gotoh, Schaller, Hipshot tuners|
|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|