Much as the name suggests this is a design inspired by what has come before. Those that have followed my work over the years will know that I am very much focused on what comes next so this is a bit of a departure from my usual design process.
From a design point of view I have had no real interest in what would be regarded as the classic bass designs. I personally have never owned any of the the big four and when I played was not interested in them. Over the years I have been asked to build copies and have alway turned down the work because it was not something I was interested in, there are more than enough J Basses out there without me adding to the list.
So what brought about this look backwards? The answer is mostly to do with conversations I’ve had with Colin Cunningham. As someone who has only designed basses that appeal to me, some more than others, having the perspective of a full time professional player over a period of time has brought to my attention aspects that, while aware of, did not overly influence what I was trying to achieve. Out of these conversations the RetroB basses were developed with design input from Colin. The idea was to produce a bass that gave a clear nod to the past, had a comfortable aesthetic being familiar on the eye, but retained modern sensibilities and features while still being recognisable as an ACG instrument.
On top of the overall look the instrument would follow a more traditional construction method and palette of woods. Alder and Swamp Ash body, Figured Maple tops with or without colours,one piece necks ,a first for ACG, 22 fret Rosewood* and Maple finger boards. They will also feature what are standard on all ACG instruments, East Tone UK electronics, ACG B Series pickups and carbon reinforced necks. Currently available in 4/5 string with a J pickup configuration and P single pickup version.
So a radical bass for ACG in that it is conventional in most aspects, with the admission we are all standing on the shoulders of those that brought the bass guitar into this world.
The RetroB specification is fixed other than a fretless option.The standard spec covers what we had in mind for this particular bass and is fully priced on this page. If you want a wider range of options then you will need to move up to the Custom Series.
Body: Alder with figured Maple top, Swamp Ash with figured Maple top or plain Swamp Ash. Tops can be left natural or coloured.
Neck: One Piece Maple, featuring carbon rods and dual action trussrod
Fingerboard: Rosewood* Rocklite (ebony substitute) or Acrylic Impregnated Birdseye Maple, with 22 frets, alloy, black, or white side dots, 34” scale, 16” radius on the 4 string basses, 20” radius on the 5 string.
Colours available black or chrome.
Hipshot Type B with 19mm spacing on 4 string basses, 18mm spacing 5 strings.
Hipshot String Tree.
Gotoh GB720 or Gotoh GB7 tuners.
Dunlop Dual Design Straplocks.
Pickups & Electronics:
Single pickup bass
ACG PB split coil pickup with Ceramic or Alnico magnets.
Series/Parallel coil switching via mini switch.
ACG/East P-Retro with active/passive switching.
Dual Pickup bass
ACG FB Humbuckers or ACG SB Single coil in standard or overwound versions.
Ceramic or Alnico magnets.
John East Uni-Pre 4K Active 3 Band Preamp, with Active/Passive switching.
4/5 string single pickup version: £1875
4/5 string dual pickup version: £1975
Price ex delivery.
Fretless Ebony board: + £75.00
Fretless Ebony with fret lines in maple: + £150.00.
A deposit of £600 is required before work commences on any instrument.
The instrument will be dispatched when final payment including shipping has been received by AC Guitars.
Deposit is non-refundable.
* Due to new Cites Regulations Rosewood is much more difficult to sell outside of the EU. If you are ordering from outside the EU a selection of alternative finger board woods will be available.