2017 Retail Price List

BLDesign makes basses with three body styles, the Marozi, Caracal & Barbary.

Marozi

Marozi

Caracal

Caracal

Barbary

Barbary

Standard Bass Guitar Features 
As a starting point for a custom built instrument the base price and features of a standard instrument are listed below.

4 String 

$3600.00

  • 1 5/8" @ Nut
  • 20mm @ Bridge
  • Weight 7-9lbs

5 String

$3800.00

  • 1 3/4" @ Nut
  • 19mm @ Bridge
  • Weight 8-10lbs

6 String

$4000.00

  • 2" @ Nut
  • 18mm @ Bridge
  • Weight 9-11lbs

 • Neck

  • All instruments have modern set-neck construction 
  • 34” or 35” scale
  • left or right handed
  • fretted or fretless
  • 3 -Piece maple with double expanding truss rod
  • Flat C profile
  • Heel-block matches fretboard wood
  • Headstock cap and truss rod cover match fretboard or top wood
  • Fretboard - Wenge or Indian Rosewood
  • Compound radius
  • 24 frets

• Body

  • Northern Ash- hard density and medium to heavy weight
  • Mahogany- medium density and medium weight
  • Poplar- medium density and light to medium weight
  • Spanish Cedar – soft density and light weight

• Top

  • Your choice of curly or quilted maple or choose from our stock of premium and exhibition top woods. A few samples of various top woods are viewable at gallery.bldesign.us

• Hardware

  • Black ETS Tuning Fork bridge and Hipshot Ultralite tuning machines
  • Black knobs

 Electronics

  • Nordstrand Fat Stacks pickups in black plastic covers
  • Passive Vol/Vol/Tone or Vol/Blend/Tone
  • Neutrik locking jack
  • Full shielding of pickup and electronics cavity

• Finish

  • Satin urethane/acrylic over clear epoxy pore filler  

• Strings

  • DR Hi Beams

• Case

  • High quality gig bag included

• Warranty

  • Each instrument includes a limited lifetime warranty to the original owner. Hardware and electronics carry the manufacturer's warranty. See warranty terms for details.

2017 OPTIONS PRICING

Necks

  • 5-13 piece neck $100-$500 depending on woods and number of pieces.
    • Number of pieces includes veneer layers and/or wider pieces.
    • Curly maple, ash, wenge, bubinga, paduak, purpleheart (selection varies)
    • Carbon fiber bars $100
    • Custom scales, dimensions and profiles available upon request

Fretboards

  • Premium fretboard woods are available, market price
    • ebony, goncalo alves, bubinga, birdseye maple, cocobolo, bocote, katalox, kingwood, zebrawood, bloodwood
  • Acrylic stabilized fretboard (special order)
  • Lined fretless $100
  • Epoxy coated fretless $300
  • Fretboard binding $100
  • Alternate fretwire sizes and types avail upon request

Bodies

  • Premium body woods are available at market price
    • 2 piece end-matching is standard
    • redwood, butternut, padauk, khaya, bubinga, sapele, black limba, spruce
  • Accent lines in maple or wenge veneer $50 per layer
  • Body chamber to reduce weight $50
  • Chamber with soundhole $150

Tops

  • Your choice from our stock of Standard (no charge) Premium ($200) or Exhibition ($400-$500) top woods viewable at http://gallery.bldesign.us
  • Backs are also available and priced per piece
  • If you don't see a top you like, most woods can be special ordered

Hardware

  • Black Hipshot Ultralite tuners are standard, no charge for chrome, $75 for gold
  • Bridges
    • ETS Tuning Fork is standard
    • ETS Tuning Fork piezo bridge with Bartolini buffer $400
  • Pickups
                                              Full Fill Satin

                                              Full Fill Satin

  • Nordstrand Fat Stacks are standard
    • Dual Coils add $100 ( includes coil switches)
    • Other Nordstrand pickup types available upon request
  • Pickups by other manufacturers available upon request

Preamps

  • Nordstrand 3b preamp, custom configured, starts at $200
  • Preamps by other manufacturers available upon request

Finishes

                                              High Gloss

                                              High Gloss

  • Open pore satin body and neck included
  • Full fill satin body and neck $200
  • High gloss body and neck $300
  • High gloss body and satin neck $350

Inlay

  • Headstock logo
    • Wood (included)
    • pearl $35
    • abalone $40
    • abalone heart $45
  • Cateye markers in pearl $125 or abalone $150
  • Traditional dot markers pearl or abalone $50
  • Block markers $250-$350 depending on material
  • Side markers pearl or abalone $25
  • Bass clef inlay below bridge in pearl or abalone $75
  • Custom inlay is available
    • quotes are based on cost of materials and complexity

Other        

  • Wooden pickup covers - only available with Nordstrand pickups
    • Black plastic with exposed pole pieces is standard
    • Matching or contrasting wood covers $200
    • Continuous covers $300
    • Integrated pickup cover and ramp $300
    • Continuous integrated pickup cover and ramp $400
    • Exposed pole pieces on wood covers $50 to $125 depending on number of pole pieces
  • Ramp
    • Matching or contrasting wood $75
    • Continuous  $100
  • Full faced top $100
    • No upcharge with purchase of exhibition top
  • Magnetic electronics cover and truss rod cover $50
  • Continuous electronics cover $75 (only with purchase of back wood)
  • Knobs
    • Black knobs are included
    • Laminated wood knobs with markers $30 each

Order

• A 30% deposit is required to build your bass

• Lead time is 6-8 months depending on workload

• Every Instrument is made to exacting specifications and tailored to you

• Playability, sound, comfort & aesthetic considerations are all equally important factors to each instrument 

• Virtually unlimited options are available at additional cost

All prices and options are subject to change without notice.