Swan 8 String Fretless Electric Bass
Bass players eager to expand their sound palette will discover a rich range of new tonal colors available for exploration with the Swan 8. Guitar players have long enjoyed the option of 12-string guitars, where octave strings deliver both ringing brightness and a slight out-of-phase sound, creating a natural chorus effect.
Now bass players get their turn to explore the octave option. They have a great vehicle for doing so in the Swan 8, a Jumbo-sized bass with a flat back and top and a comfortable depth (circa 6 cm) designed both for playability and optimal bass sound. The top, back and sides are either solid Finnish aspen or alder (your choice), and a further option is offered: a two-piece Finnish book-matched curly birch top in a sunburst finish. Versoul’s solid side construction and special bracing produce tremendous acoustic warmth and resonance. The three-piece neck is crafted from select quarter sawn European maple and glued into the body. The fingerboard offers a radius of either 7.25” or 9.5” (your choice) and is made from East Indian rosewood. The 34” scale length assures an authoritative bass tonality, and there are no `dead spots’ on the G strings (or anywhere else). To prevent feedback, this hollow body bass does not have soundholes. It’s surprisingly light weight and well balanced, not at all neck heavy. High quality Hipshot tuners assure precise tuning. Delivering the goods is a Versoul Model 2 humbucker bass pickup with Alnico magnets and a coil split switch. There’s also an amplification alternative in a Schertler Lydia undersaddle condenser slice microphone which brings out an entirely other side of the Swan’s deep bass sound. A bass with such astounding tone and playability wouldn’t be a Versoul if it didn’t also offer unique visual appointments, including the East Indian rosewood tailpiece and a chrome-plated brass pickup cover with East Indian rosewood end parts. The vintage amber nitrocellulose finish is offered in either black or sunburst. Flatwound strings are recommended, especially for the fretless model, for optimal exploration of those between-the-frets notes.