It’s at an embryonic stage but guitar builder Rick Toone is working on Headless Monster – a 5 string bass guitar worth keeping an eye on. Based on the Orchid bass guitar, it’s a headless bass guitar with a prototyped bridge and tuning system based on levers rather than screws. The trapezoidal neck profile is back but as an asymmetrical version (see the second photo).
Other details include the following:
- Curly maple stacked laminate neck
- Curly walnut, Honduras & Philippine (ribbon grain) mahogany, and ebony (accented) body
- Stainless steel hardware throughout, including frets & bridge/tuning system
Pickups are still under evaluation and according to Rick, Headless Monster will include a “Monster (very scary) inlay at the octave”.
The instrument is being built for the bass player known simply as “Monster” who you can see demoing the Orchid bass guitar in Monster Meets the Orchid Bass.
This one’s going to be very interesting…