The goal was to design a lightweight, compact bass that blends modern features and ergonomics with vintage feel and tone.

Montreal, Canada (November 13, 2018) -- Following the success of his Traveller guitar model, Island Instruments’ Nic Delisle brings us the Traveller Bass. The goals were to design a lightweight, compact bass that blends modern features and ergonomics with vintage feel and tone. The extended single cut/deep cutaway design (innovated by Fodera, now ubiquitous in the electric bass world) allows easy access to all 24 frets while allowing the bass to sit such that the first fret is much closer to the player, eliminating fatigue and strain. The bass is made from the lightweight, resonant reclaimed timbers that Island is known for and has a carbon fiber reinforced neck that is stiff and stable. The 31” scale is comfortable without feeling “floppy”. The bass measures 35” total length and is 12” wide in the lower bout making it easy to travel with. Delano pickups w/ passive operation are offered standard and headless hardware by Hipshot (ETS pictured on the prototype) rounds out the package. Like almost all of Nic’s models, the Traveller Bass is highly customizable with options such as unique finishes, exotic wood tops, pickup choices, nut widths and neck dimensions, fretboard radius and number of strings (4, 5, 6).


  • Reclaimed Spruce body with Milk Paint, transparent or natural finish
  • Carbon Fiber reinforced Maple or Doug Fir neck, w/ 2-way truss rod
  • Maple, Black Locust or Composite fretboard, 31” scale length, 16” radius, w/Jescar nickel or EVO fretwire
  • Delano Pickups and passive electronics
  • Hipshot bridge and headpiece
  • Custom options available (woods, anodized hardware, pickups/electronics, fretboard radius etc.)
  • Includes gigbag

Base price: $2500.

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