New Instrument Created; Guitar and Bass Unite

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A new instrument has been designed, combining the six string guitar with the four string bass. The new guitar bass allows musicians to play guitar and bass simultaneously. Microphone Heaven has devoted a site to this new instrument.

Every so often something comes along that stops people in their tracks. This is just the reaction people have been having with the guitar bass, a unique instrument dedicated to furthering musical possibilities. The guitar bass allows musical parts to be played weaving both the guitar and bass together into one idea.

Aimed towards multi-instrumentalists, the guitar bass sports six guitar strings and four bass strings on the same neck and body. The instrument has two separate sets of pickups and electronics with separate output jacks. It features staggered bridges, to accommodate the different scale lengths. All of the hardware and electronics used in construction are either standard bass or standard guitar parts.

Although it features standard hardware there is nothing standard about the new design. It is a unique instrument, designed by John Woolley. John is a multi-instrumentalist who plays both the guitar and bass, and wanted a better means of expressing himself on one instrument. He sketched a rough design, and had an Oregon bass builder make it for him.

Microphone Heaven, an online retailer of microphones and headphones, has dedicated a section of their site to the history and design of the instrument. It features close-up pictures of the new guitar bass, as well as the original design sketched by John Woolley. They plan on updating the site as new developments occur.

Is it possible we will see a production model in the future? John says, “That depends largely on the willingness of the guitar and bass community to accept such an instrument. When I designed it, I did so to have an instrument that I could play. Trying to sell it to others was not a big consideration at the time.”

For pictures of the new guitar bass, as well as a detailed history and specs, visit The link to the guitar bass is on the bottom of the page. Also, feel free to contact John via the e-mail address listed on the website.

About Microphone Heaven:

Microphone Heaven is an authorized Sennheiser dealer located in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. They specialize in microphones for home recording, and offer free resources for musicians on their website. A section of their site is dedicated to the new guitar bass.


Jon Woolley, webmaster

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