Contrabass Guitar

This was a challenging commission to replace a stolen Esteve  contrabass guitar. A compound cut-away and a passive bridge plate pickup system were added to the replacement guitar. A special bridge was designed  to accept the ball ends on the LaBella contrabass strings. A custom ball end was fashioned for the first string to accommodate a Hannabach high E string that is not supplied with a ball end.  Thanks to Jeffrey Elliott and Mike Doolin for their input and guidance.

Please enjoy this video of Eric Slavin playing this instrument.

  • East Indian rosewood back and sides, aged European spruce top
  • Macassar ebony headstock veneers
  • Macassar ebony bindings
  • Original rosette of ebony, holly and boxwood
  • Gilbert tuning machines
  • Compound cut-away
  • K & K Sound bridge plate pick-up
  • 750 mm scale length tuned one octave lower than a classical guitar