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The Ascendant - A sleek and sophisticated instrument set to rise to the top echelon of both modern and traditional design. Cutting slim line aesthetics and an offset shape ensure the bass is lightweight, comfortable and balances perfectly.

Ascendant 6 String

Features Overview

6 String

34” scale

Set Neck

24 Frets

Wenge Fingerboard

Wooden (Yew) Block Inlays

Wooden (Yew) Binding

3pc Walnut/Wenge Neck

Headstock Veneers

Angled Headstock with Volute

Ebony Nut

Carved Yew and Walnut Body

ABM Bridge

Gotoh Tuners

Delano Xtender pickup

CTS pots

Oil finish

Dunlop Straplocks

Wooden cavity lid

D’addario Strings

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The instrument pictured here is a 6 string bass with a set neck construction. The three woods used are: Yew, Walnut and Wenge. Black accent veneers have also been used at the headstock and neck joint to add some contrast.

The neck is a 3 piece of Walnut and Wenge with a light oil finish giving a nice natural feel to it. The 24 fret Wenge fingerboard features both wooden block inlays and binding, both of which are Yew to tie in with the main colours of the bass.

The slim Yew body has some great character to it which is quite typical of Yew, with some knots here and there and great figure all over. It also features some nice flowing carves which not only look beautiful but also improve comfort. On the rear of the bass a wooden cavity lid of Walnut and Wenge compliment the neck woods nicely.

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Simple passive volume and tone controls paired with the Delano Xtender pickup provide a voice of clarity with great sustain.


The bridge is made by ABM in Germany and features adjustable string spacing, to help you find your perfect setup.

Ascendant 5 String

One of my favourite types of bass sound is the Stingray and the sonic goal with this bass was to have that same snarly midrange and ray features in A 5 string Ascendant shape.

34” scale

24 frets

Set Neck

Mahogany Wings

African Rosewood Top

Honduran Mahogany/Wenge 5 Pc Neck

Wenge Fretboard

Carbon Fibre Reinforced Neck

Matching Headstock Veneers

Wenge Pickup Cover

Nordstrand MM5.4 Pickup

Glockenklang 2 Band Preamp

Series/Parallel/Single Switch

Gotoh Hardware

Brass Nut

Features Overview

The neck is a 5 piece construction of Wenge and Honduran Mahogany with carbon fibre reinforcement, topped with a fretboard of some highly figured flatsawn Wenge.

One of my favourite types of bass sound is the Stingray and the sonic goal with this bass was to have that same snarly midrange and ray features in the Ascendant shape. Inside the handmade Wenge pickup cover lies the Nordstrand MM5.4 quad coil pickup which is in the Stingray sweet spot. The pickup is also wired to a switch which gives the option of Series/Parallel/single coil. In addition, the bass has an active 2 band preamp (Glockenklang) with a push/pull for passive…So, it has all the Stingray sounds and more, with a lot of versatility from just one pickup.

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There are just three main species of wood used on the bass, but we have used them in some different shades to give more variation in colour. The wings are of a pale Mahogany, whereas the neck and body centre are both a darker Honduran Mahogany. The wings are capped with some beautiful African Rosewood (very closely related to Bubinga) and we have black accents giving a clean edge where needed. As with previous Ascendant models the body is slim and features extensive carving to improve ergonomics and reduce weight.

Ascendant 6 String

Features Overview

A lightweight 6 string (8.5lb) and one of my favourite pickups - the Delano Xtender and simple passive controls.


6 string

24 fret

Wenge fretboard

Walnut and Wenge laminate neck

Carbon fibre neck reinforcement

Yew wings

Yew headstock facing and back strap

Delano Xtender pickup


Hipshot bridge

Gotoh tuners

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.

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