Lefthanded Acoustic Bass 5-String IQ with Fanned Frets

Lefty gets the ball rolling

Christian Stoll with left-handed acoustic bass 5 string with Fanned Frets
Christian Stoll with left-handed acoustic bass 5 string with fanned frets

The very first IQ acoustic bass, Christian Stoll has built, was a left-handed bass and a 5-string. Sometimes customer requests encourage us to try something new. And so it was here.

After our customer had ordered a left-handed 5-string Legendary Acoustic Bass at the Frankfurt Musikmesse, he pointed, virtually on leaving, at the IQ steel string guitar, and said, maybe we could build the acoustic bass with fanned frets too.

Legendary Acoustic Bass gets Fanned Frets

We had that idea in our mind for a while, now we had the occasion. That the first IQ bass should be a lefty and a 5-string, made the challenge even  more thrilling.

Building a left-handed acoustic bass means not only to put the cutaway on the other side and to attach the strings the other way around.

The entire bracing, bridge, nut and various other little things had to be mirrored and to mirror here actually is the wrong word, since there was no righthanded template yet.

 

 

 

 

Moon Spruce Top

IQ Akustik-Bass Linkshänder 5-Saiter fanned frets - Steg
left-handed acoustic bass 5 string with fanned frets – bridge

This acoustic bass is made of the same woods as the Legendary Acoustic Bass with back and sides ​​of Maple, but this one has a custom top made of Moon Spruce, which was cut in the Black Forest at solstice within the last quarter of waning moon.

No restrictions for sinistrals

The lefty IQ acoustic bass is of course available in all variations, ie as 4-, 5- and 6-string model. For the feature “left-handed” we take a tiny surcharge, which covers the cost of carving a left-handed bridge.

Specifications
Type:

Acoustic Bass

Back/Sides: Maple
Top: Moon Spruce
Neck: Spanish Cedar (spanish constructed heel)
Neck Width/Nut Width: 50 mm/53 mm
Scale Length: 86.4 – 91.5 cm
Fingerboard: Rosewood, fanned frets
Machine Heads: Schaller M4 goldplated
Finish: Nitrocellulose, satin gloss
Bridge/Nut: Bone
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