Overload Guitars & Basses Announces the Taurus 4-String Bass

A fully customizable 4-string with a wealth of wood and pickup options.

Rome, Italy (November 21, 2016) -- Italian custom shop guitar and bass manufacturer Overload Guitars & Basses have announced the Taurus. The 4-string bass sports a swamp ash body with flamed bubinga top in natural matt finish, 7-ply maple/bubinga/wenge neck with resin fingerboard, and a set of Northstrand pickups: MM4 (bridge) and NJ4-70 (neck).

Taurus comes with a flat-D neck for a fast and comfortable feel and the carbon reinforcement and seasoned wood make it stable on a very high level. The bass is currently available in a 4-string version, but it will also be made available in 5-string and 6-string versions as well. The base 4-string model starting price is 1,600 Euros / 1,720 USD.

Overload Guitars & Basses Taurus 4-string specs:

  • Construction: bolt-on
  • Body wood: Swamp Ash
  • Body top: Flamed Bubinga
  • Body finish: Matte finish
  • Top finish: Natural matte finish
  • Neck wood: 7-ply Maple/Bubinga/Wenge
  • Neck finish: matte finish
  • Fingerboard: Resin
  • Fingerboard radius: 16”/20” compound
  • Scale-length: 35”
  • Frets: 24 jumbo
  • Inlay & markers: Luminlay side dot & “Demolition” Abalone custom inlay
  • Pickup: Northstrand MM4 (Bridge) + Northstrand NJ4-70 (Neck)
  • Control: 1 volume — blend — Hi-Mid- Low
  • Electronics: Meridian bass preamp
  • Knobs: metal knobs
  • Bridge: Hipshot ultralight
  • Nuts: Graphtech
  • Output jack: Neutrik
  • Hardware color: Black

For more information:
Overload Guitars

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