Oneonta Guitar releases Stanley Clarke’s Spellcaster Bass

The bass bears some familiar specifications.

Oneonta Guitar has announced the release of Stanley Clarke’s signature Spellcaster Bass, a unique instrument that brings a completely Stratocaster-style design approach to a bass format.

The bass itself features a 30.5-inch scale, as well as a sunburst-finished alder body, a maple neck and a 25-fret rosewood fingerboard. In keeping with Stratocaster tradition, there are three pickguard-mounted single-coil pickups, as well as a four-saddle Strat-style vintage tremolo system.

Other electronics include a master volume control knob, and two tone controls. Further flexibility is added in the form of a mini-switch that can be used to either engage all pickups, or just the neck and bridge pickups.

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For added novelty, a reversed headstock and vintage Strat-style tremolo system also make the cut, with the latter featuring individual saddles for each string.

The bass was seemingly originally slated to be released by Fender, as Clarke told MusicRadar in 2018 that “I built a new bass that looks like a Stratocaster; Fender is going to release it.”

However, it seems that collaboration has fallen through, and the bass is now being released be Oneonta Guitars instead. In kind, the headstock of the prototype – a reversed 1964 Stratocaster-style headstock – has been updated with an original design on Oneonta Guitars.

The guitar lists for $1,635. Find out more oneontaguitar.com.

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