About Us

Thank you for your interest in BEE BASSES. You will find that our line offers basses for virtually any player or venue. From the jazz club to the rock arena, from the soloist to the foundational groove player, we have the experience to create an instrument suited to your needs.

ABOUT US

Table of Contents
The Neck
Headstock & Nut
Fingerboards
Neck Construction
Body
Pickups & Electronics
A Few Things BEE BASSES Don't Have, and Why
Trial Period & Warranty

The Neck
The neck has the biggest impact on the feel of any instrument. The BEE BASS neck is carved to a slim profile and is designed to feel smooth and comfortable. We invite you to compare it with an asymmetrically carved neck; we think you will be pleasantly surprised with the feel of a BEE BASS.

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Headstock and Nut
Our headstocks are attached to the neck using a Luthiers scarf joint which is an extremely strong joint, especially after the fingerboard is glued on.  This type of construction allows us to have many options in headstock design and material.  Not many people realize how much effect the headstock has on the tone of an instrument,  but at BEE BASSES we know that every component of a bass matters in the final outcome of that instrument's tone. When building a bass we choose a headstock wood which will enhance the voice desired for that particular instrument.  All fretted BEE BASSES use a zero fret.  The nut is merely used  as a guide so the strings pass over the zero fret with the correct spacing. A zero fret helps to give open strings the same tone as fretted strings.  On fretless basses, we prefer to use a wooden nut to even out tone between open and fingered notes. Our favorite nut materials are bone, Corian, Jatoba, and Ebony.

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Fingerboards
Our #1 choice for fingerboard woods is Purpleheart.  It makes an outstanding fingerboard due to its hearty strength and stability.  It also sounds wonderful although it doesn't quite have the "snappiness" that a Maple board has. Maple is our #2 choice.  A lightly flamed or birds eye board is tough to beat for beauty and nothing else sounds quite as lively.  Maple is recommended for slap style players.  The only downfall is that it will darken when it gets dirty.  Other fingerboard woods are available as an option.

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Neck Construction
The standard for our bolt-on model the "WorkerBee"  is a one piece straight grained Maple neck.  We have had good luck with using Figured Maple for necks, but would recommend graphite reinforcement for added stability.  Our neck-thru "QueenBee" model has a 5 piece laminated neck.  Options include wood type and number of laminates.

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Body
The BEE BASS body is both unique and functional. The long upper horn makes the bass balance effortlessly. It has an instantly recognizable silhouette and is highly contoured for comfort. As with the headstock and neck, body woods can be chosen to create a desired tone from an instrument. An option on the "QueenBee" is a single cutaway body.

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Pickups and Electronics
At BEE BASSES we have a strong preference for single pickup basses.  For those who agree, we offer the Basslines® MM pickup with a 2 or 3 band EQ and slap contour switch.  For those who prefer dual pickups, our standard is a J-style® set, also by Basslines®.  Other pickups and electronics are available as an option.

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A Few Things BEE BASSES Don't Have, and Why.
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Trial Period and Warranty.
5-DAY TRIAL PERIOD:
All instruments which are ordered direct from BEE BASSES are sold on a 5-day trial. If within 5-days of receiving your BEE BASS you are unsatisfied in any way, simply return the instrument to us in its original condition. Any instrument returned to us in less than original condition may be subject to a repair charge. (The instrument must also be returned to us in its original packing materials.) Upon immediate inspection, your full payment (less shipping charges and any applicable repair charge) will promptly be refunded to purchaser. Please Note: This 5-day trial period does not include instruments purchased from a dealer, or at a show, or in any instance where the purchaser had an opportunity to test the instrument prior to purchase.

2 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY:
All BEE BASSES are covered by a 2-year limited warranty against defects in workmanship and materials to the original purchaser. To ensure the rights under the warranty, please fill out and return to us the registration card, which is delivered with your BEE BASS. This warranty does not cover damage incurred by misuse or accidents, normal wear and tear, or natural cracking of woods or finishes due to changes in temperature and humidity. Upon notification of any defect, BEE BASSES  will repair or replace any defective part or material, at its option. Any instrument being returned to BEE BASSES for warranty work, must be shipped or hand delivered to BEE BASSES. (All shipping to and from BEE BASSES must be prepaid by purchaser).

All rights reserved. The policy of BEE BASSES is to continually improve and develop its designs. The right is reserved to change prices and specifications which are included on this Web site without prior notice.

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