Sylphid - a supernatural spirit believed to inhabit the air. A suitable name for a bass which is so light weight it almost  feels like it floats. We have thrown traditionalism out of the window with this bass - a modern neck through, 5 string, medium scale (32”) headless design with a hi-fi voice. Weighing in at under 3KG it defies expectations, especially considering the bass pictured here is made from solid Oak, a wood which is often (wrongly) dismissed as too heavy, when in fact it’s no heavier than a number of other woods commonly used in luthiery.

Features Overview

Headless 5 String

32” scale

Neck through

24 Stainless steel frets

Bog Oak fingerboard

3pc Oak Neck

Burr Oak wings

SIMS Superquad pickup

Glockenklang 2 band EQ

Custom Burr Oak pickup cover

Custom Burr Oak mute

Nova bridges

Oil finish

Schaller Straplocks

The bass only features one species of wood - English Oak, but we have showcased it here in three very different types. The neck is a 3 piece construction of  ¼ sawn Oak featuring some beautiful medullary rays - a home grown alternative to Flamed Maple. The wings are highly figured Burr oak sourced locally and the fretboard Bog Oak which is the same species of Oak except it has been submerged in a bog for hundreds (if not thousands) of years and over time it turns black and very hard - a home grown alternative to Ebony.

Tuning takes place at the bridge thanks to the Nova bridges which are handmade in Brazil.

 Instead of the usual stumpy headless look at the end of the neck  we have a smaller headstock which echoes the body shape, on top of this sits a custom mute covering the Nova headpiece. This mute features foam on the back to stop any sympathetic vibrations and magnets at the top to keep it firmly in place. This mute has also had the Manton logo burnt into it by a local Pyrography artist.

Manton Customs Sylphid Oak Headless 5 string bass

The bass features the SIMS Superquad pickup, which has 3 different voices (MM, Jazz and Precision) accessible by a toggle switch and indicated by the LED on the pickup. The pickup itself is housed in a custom cover made of the same Burr Oak as the wings. The SIMS pickup is paired with a Glockenklang 2 band preamp to ensure the bass can cover an even wider range of sounds.

Please remember, any of our models can be specified with a different number of strings, scale length, frets, pickups or anything else for that matter! Also we offer the option for you to design your very own unique guitar or bass with your own body shape and specifications.