Reference Series Basses
One Shape....Many Possibilities
The Reference Series Basses are instruments infused with the DNA of over 20 years of custom bass projects, complex renovations, and pain-staking repairs of nearly every brand of instrument. The empirical knowledge and raging curiosity that this professional bassist/luthier brings, is core to the understanding of how the instrument feels, responds under his fingers, through his body, amplification, and most importantly, his ears.
Not one to concentrate solely on the sound of the instrument, David has made the Jazz Bass® platform more user -friendly and more balanced, with careful consideration regarding ergonomics and construction in the Reference Series bass guitar. After all, what good is an instrument if it causes fatigue? An instrument is a natural conduit for talent, and never an encumbrance to it. An instrument should clear the way for musical statements, and not cause the player concern about how it hangs on a strap when standing, or whether or not it balances properly when sitting. All of the aesthetics that affect playability are well addressed in our basses.
These are just a few of the many considerations making up the Reference Series Basses, and we look forward to sharing more in the very near future. We are excited as we move forward with the roll out, and begin receiving feedback from our clients who anxiously await their Reference Series basses.
As always, thank you all for your continued interest and dedication over the years, we really appreciate your support!
RS4-22 Alder/Indian rosewood
RS5-24 Fretless - Ash - AAAAA Walnut - Ebony fingerboard - NYBW custom p/u
RS5-24 PJ Alder/Indian rosewood
RS5-22 PJ Alder/Indian rosewood
RS5-22 PJ Alder/ Indian rosewood
RS5-22 Ash/Indian rosewood
RS5-22 PJ Ash/Indian rosewood
RS5-24 Ash/Indian rosewood
RS5-24 PJ Alder/Flame maple/Indian rosewood
RS5-22 Ash/Quilted maple/Indian rosewood
RS5-24 Ash/Claro Walnut/Birdseye maple
RS5-22 Alder - Cherry top - Maple fingerboard with Cherry block inlays
RS5-24 Mantaray Ash/Maple
RS5-24 Mantaray Alder/Rosewood
RS6-24 "Oceana" Built for Dane Alderson
See gallery to view the evolution of Oceana
All access cutaway. Many choices of P pickups to fine tune your tone. Excellent ergonomics! Past, Present and Future collide!
Spalted or Burl Maple /subject to avail.
All tops available in 5A master grade as well. If you have something in mind please feel free to inquire!
Ebony (fretless only)
Matching Headstock (paint)
Dot inlay (pearl,clay,black, abalone)
Neck:Eastern hard Maple / NYBW proprietary custom graphite reinforced / Single action truss rod
Width: @ Nut 1.75"
Width: @ 22nd fret 2.90”
Profile: comfortable C shape
Fingerboard Radius: Modern compound 10”/14”
Fret size: Rosewood fingerboard/ small 60’s vintage/ Maple medium 70’s
Finish: Ultra thin coat polyester gloss
Dunlop strap locks
Case: TKL Zero Gravity
Average weight: 9 pounds 12oz