GNOMON UPRIGHT ELECTRIC BASS
DETAILS AND PHOTOS
The Gnomon electric upright bass is ergonomically designed for ease of playability and exceptional electric bass tones. The Gnomon was inspired by a request from a bassist who was having hand and wrist pain when playing bass guitar in the conventional horizontal position. The idea was to create a vertical electric bass that had the sounds and feel of an electric bass guitar. This was not to be an electrified bodyless acoustic bass. The Gnomon pictured is a five string, fanned fretboard version. The Gnomon is also available in four string, fretless, and standard fretboard versions. The Gnomon body is a similar thickness to a Fender Jazz bass and has tone chambers inside the Alder body which is capped with 1/4" thick flamed or quilted Maple. It has a Steinberger high quality, black, adjustable and easily removable stand with foot peg.
Gnomon bass, closeup of body showing the five individual Hipshot bridges, the Nordstrand pickups, and the custom flamed Maple volume, volume, tone knobs. This particular custom Gnomon was ordered without binding; binding is an option.
This closeup view of the Gnomon shows the Ebony fanned fretboard and one of the Nordstrand pickups.
Gnomon bass headstock with Ebony headplate, mother of pearl
inlay and Gotoh tuners.
Back of headstock showing the five piece laminated neck made of
Maple and Indian Rosewood.
Gnomon bass, flamed Maple volume and tone knobs.
Gnomon bass, full body view.
The Gnomon bass includes the easily removable and fully
adjustable Steinberger stand with footpeg.
Pro jazz and classical bassist Bruce Calin checks out the Gnomon
electric upright bass at Bernie's Guitars in Redding, California.