Stanley Clarke is a jazz bass guitar player that has played with some big names like Chick Korea or Jeff Beck and now he has teamed up with Luthier Thomas Lieber to release the new full line of Spellbinder instruments. There are some know and unkown names, the known is the Spellbinder Bass that was released 27 years ago and had very good reviews and the new product basis; while the not known are the Spellbinder Mando Piccolo Bass and the Spellbinder Contrabasse, there is no info on the second one so we will talk about the other 2 models.
The features of the Spellbinder Bass II are spruce body, 3-piece quartersawn laminated maple neck, ebony fingerboard, 24 frets, 26.125″ scale length, but there is no info about the pickups nor the bridge. We’ll have to wait to know more about it, but we already know the price, $4,300… If I was to spend that money on any instrument I’d love some more info.
The other product from the Lieber and Clarke join is the Spellbinder Mando Piccolo Bass, a small bass guitar that looks like mandolin released after Clarke played a lot of this piccolo instruments, that are an octave higher that standard ones, and features carved maple body with carved spruce top, solid maple neck, ebony fingerboard, 24 frets, 30″ scale length, piezo bridge and volume and tone controls. The price of this one is $1,600.
There is also another product on the line, the Spellbinder Bass Strings that fits the released products and some others like double bass, tenor and 4- or 5-string bass guitars. If you live near Hollywood and you are interested in any of these products you could stop by at the The Green Room Restaurant (6756 Hollywood Blvd) at 4pm for an official showing.