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All the basses described have a 34 inch scale, rosewood fingerboard,
dot inlays, four- or five-on- a-side pegheads and Sustain Block bridge
(although the Kahler Bass tremolo was a custom option on several basses
circa 1984) unless otherwise stated.
Blades Bass (circa 1989) - Short scale (30.5 inch) double cutaway bass, fitted with two EMG HB pickups and two-a-side headstock. Optional figured maple boby.
Blitz Bass (1982 - 1990) - Same styling as the Blitz Guitar (Explorer-shape) with P- and J-type pickups.
Chaparral Bass(1986 - 1995) - Similar styling to Chaparral guitar.
Available originally available with fixed-neck with humbucker and P-type
pickups. Later instruments can have a bolt-on neck with P- and J-type pickups.
Chaparral Max Bass (1986 - 1995) - Same as the Chaparral Bass but
has glued-in neck, figured maple body, ebony fingerboard and boomerang
Chaparral 5-String Bass (1987 -1995) - 5-String version of the above.
The first examples have 4+1 peghead and humbucker and P-type pickups (usually
OBL); later basses have five-on-a-side reverse peghead fitted with two
CruiseBass (1st version) (1982 - 1990) - Similar body shape to the
Phantom guitar with a glued-in neck and P- and J-type pickups. The early
guitars have a scratch plate but this was deleted on later basses. Also
available in a five string version.
CruiseBass (2nd version) (1995 - date) - Similar body shape as the
above (with scratchplate) but with a bolt-on neck and fitted with two J-type
pickups. The 2-Tek CruiseBass has a through mounted 2-Tek bridge.
A5-string CruiseBass (with 4+1 headstock and 2-Tek bridge) and Fretless
(4- and 5-string with maple fret markers on ebony fingerboard) also available
FBIV (1985 - 1987) - Same reversed body styling as the FB guitars,
fitted with P- and J-type pickups.
Miller Genuine Draft Bass - (1987) - The same design as the Miller
Genuine Draft Guitar but bass version with single P-type pickup.
Miller High Life Bass - (1986) - The same design as the Miller
Music Guitar (except "High Life" graphic) but bass version with single P-type pickup.
Impact Bass (1989 -1992) - Original angular body style with a glued-in
neck and 3+1 reversed peghead. Fitted with EMG HB and P-type pickups.
Impact 5-String Bass(1992 -1994) - Similar body shape to Impact
but more rounded shape with through-neck construction and 2+3 peghead.
Constructed from several exotic timbers.
Scarab Bass (1984 - 1990) - Same body shape as the Scarab guitar
with P- and J-type pickups.
Standard Bass (1975 - 1984) - Bass version of the Standard guitar
with two humbuckers.
8-String Bass (Short Scale)(1978 - date) - Double cutaway maple
body (figured top from 1980) with glued-in neck (originally mahogany but
later changed to maple) and 30.5 inch scale. Four-a-side split-vee peghead has two
sizes of tuner (smaller for the octave strings). Fitted with one or two
humbuckers (originally DiMarzio X2N but EMG on most recent guitars) and
8-saddle bridge and stop tail piece. Similarly styled long-scale (34 inch)
and short-scale (30.5 inch) 4-string basses were also produced to custom order.
12-String Bass (Short Scale) (1978 - date) - Almost identical details
to 8-string but four more octave strings and six-a-side peghead with three
sizes of machine head..
12-String Chaparral Bass (Long Scale) (1992 - date) - Similar styling
to the Chaparral bass (fixed neck) but with scalloped cutaways, may have
twin boomerang inlays. Same peghead as short-scale 12- String but scale
length is 34 inch. Usually fitted with two EMG humbuckers. A few Standard
12-string Basses have also been produced with the same details.
12-String Bass- Long Scale Acoustic (1985 - date) - Semi-hollow
single cutaway mahogany body with a figured maple front and round soundhole.
Slightly different peghead to other 12- String basses. Fitted with EMG
humbucker and soundhole mounted P-type pickup.