The Warwick Leland ‘Lee’ Sklar Masterbuilt signature Bass I has been officially announced and is based upon the Warwick Starbass II Doublecut.
Mr Sklar knows a thing or two about playing the bass and has played on so many sessions in his career that I doubt he can remember them all! He is a living legend in the professional music world. Lee has been playing Warwick bass guitars for a number of years now. Last year he announced via YouTube that he was working with Warwick on a signature model with some of his personal tweaks.
It will feature a mahogany body with a AAA flamed maple top and his unique, ergonomic armrest shaping, which he requested as he often sits down between 8-12 hours on sessions and so wanted the bass to be comfortable when doing so. The flamed maple neck also has a matching AAA flamed maple top headstock.
This bass is loaded with MEC Vintage active single-coil pickups controlled by Volume, Bass, Treble and Balance controls. There’s also a ‘Producer switch’, whose function isn’t clear, but as Lee wanted it, we’ll assume it’s useful…
Below is the YouTube video I mentioned earlier where Lee talks about his design and how he selected the features for his signature model. It’s not cheap and probably I suspect it will be hard to get hold of, but if you are into it or Mr Sklar’s playing style then I’m sure you’ll want to check one out yourself.