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Lambdin Guitars 35er four string 35

BEAD, a 35" scale length and only four strings. Nice!  ·  Source:

Lambdin Guitars 35er four string 35

Lambdin Guitars 35er  ·  Source:


I recently discovered San Francisco luthier Ben Lambdin’s new 35″-scale 4-string bass guitars. They’re handmade and fetaure some very good quality hardware and woods.


Ben wanted to make a four string bass with some more low end growl. And rather than go the route of a five string, which is the usual way of doing such things, he has opted to go for a longer scale length of 35 inches and to tune the bass BEAD. So by not going down the 5 string route, he has managed to keep the looks and apparently also the feel of a more traditional vintage-inspired four string instrument.

The photos on the company’s site look sumptuous. I think that he has used a ‘spirit varnish’, which has to be done by hand. He also wanted to achieve a bass that is thin and lightweight to the touch. I would imagine this bass won’t have a heavy ‘plastic’ feel, something that musicians tend to dislike.

Reports online from players that have tried them are all favourable, and they have just been reviewed by bassplayer. They do, however, appear to be a touch ‘neck heavy’, but nothing too bad and I would imagine a good-sized strap would remedy that. I see they are a pretty weighty as well.

There are no audio demos as yet online, which is a shame. On paper these sound like they could be pretty meaty. The company is one I will be watching closely myself, as I like a nice ‘Fender-inspired’ bass, with a bit more in the lower register. So, these may well fit the bill.

Price  USD $2,500


Lambdin Guitars

Specifications from the Lamdin Guitars site

A 35’’ scale length

Bocote neck

Ebony fingerboard & neck plate

Stainless steel fretwire

Honduran mahogany body

Hipshot USA hardware

Ulyate handmade b90 pickups

Volume, Blend and Tone controls with passive electronics

Spirit varnish finish hand applied over sprayed shellac sunburst.


Lambdin Guitars 35er four string 35" scale length bass

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