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An echo of a well known guitar shape but not as you have seen it before! Sometimes less is more and with this bass that is definitely true, with an overall goal of simplicity it has an understated beauty. 

Features Overview

Tele Bass Inspired

30" Scale

20 Fret

Yew Fingerboard

Boxwood Nut

Ash Neck

Two Piece Ash Body

Gotoh 203 Bridge

Gotoh Tuners

Dunlop Straplocks

Passive Electronics, CTS pots

Single Kent Armstrong

MM4 pickup

D'addario Strings

Manton Customs Echo

Though it does have one unusual feature which is the fingerboard of yew, which is I believe a first for a solid body instrument. The idea of a wood which is technically a soft wood (non-deciduous) as a fingerboard may seem a bit odd, but it was an experiment which came out well. Yew has been used as a fingerboard before for Lutes but as far as I'm aware, not for hundreds of years, so it is also an Echo of the past in that respect too.

It has a very unique tone and fortunately held the frets well! Which was one of the concerns when choosing it. It is tough, dense and sounds good, so I was pleased with the results of the experiment! All the woods featured are native and grown locally to Shropshire.

It is a 30" short scale bass featuring a one piece (with separate fingerboard) Ash neck and two piece ash body. The hardware is a Gotoh 203 bridge with Gotoh tuners. The electronics/pickups are CTS pots and a single Kent Armstrong MM4 pickup which create a lovely beefy yet natural sounding tone.

Manton Customs Echo

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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