Renaissance RB4 FL Custom Fretless Bass Guitars

2011 Rick Turner Renaissance RB4 FL Custom Fretless Bass

Color: Natural Top, Rating: 9.50, Sold (ID# 01535)
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A Rich Palette Of Tones From Realistic Upright To Cutting Rock…


2011 Rick Turner Renaissance RB4 FL Custom Fretless Bass.


This 2013 NAMM (actually built in 2011) Rick Turner Fretless Bass weighs just 5.00 lbs. Chambered 14 1/2 inches wide and 1 3/4 inches deep 'Renaissance' style single cutaway hollow body with a superb figured 'flamed' two-piece maple top with black plastic and intricate 'marquetry' border and 'flamed' two-piece walnut back and sides. Four-bolt, one-piece maple neck reinforced with carbon fiber. Veneered walnut headstock face with Rick Turner "Lions-Head" emblem in gold with black circular border. Headstock with identical black plastic and 'marquetry' border. Flamed maple bell-shaped truss-rod cover with single screw. Individual gold HipShot HB6Y Ultralite tuners with "Y" shaped metal buttons. Serial number "11 3041" hand written in silver marker on headstock edge. Veneer rosewood fretboard with unique pearl dot and short line markers. Abalone side dot markers. Single D-TAR (Duncan Turner Acoustic Research) Timberline 'hidden' pickup. Two controls (one volume, one tone) with hand-made rosewood control knobs with pearl center-dots on top edge of body side. Rosewood Renaisance style thru-body 'double-stiletto' bridge/tailpiece with two pearl dots and an ebony pin with a pearl-dot at each end. Circular flamed maple battery (2 x AA) compartment cover secured by three screws. This mint (9.50) condition bass is housed in the original Kaces lll black padded gig-bag (9.50).

This wonderful fretless electric bass provides a rich palette of tones from realistic upright to cutting rock and delivers a much broader frequency range than traditional basses…

"You only have to spend a few minutes at Rick Turner’s company to realize he’s full of restless energy and blessed with an insatiable urge to Get Things Done. His passion for invention has made him one of the most notable elec- tric-guitar innovators of the last 40 years. Turner co-founded Alembic Guitars in 1970, developed the acoustic/electric Renaissance Ampli-Coustic line of instruments and designed the Turner Model 1 — best known as Lindsey Buckingham’s main guitar. And, if that’s not enough, he was president of Gibson Labs West Coast R&D Division in the late 1980s, where he worked with the guitar world’s greatest tinkerer, Les Paul. He also co-founded Highlander Musical Audio, worked on the Grateful Dead’s legendary Wall of Sound rig in the 1970s and partnered with Seymour Duncan to produce the D-TAR acoustic amplification system. (Fretboard Journal - Spring 2010).

D-TAR (Duncan-Turner Acoustic Research) has brought together two of the biggest names in the pickup business to produce player-oriented acoustic guitar gear that performs better than most gear in its class. Seymour Duncan is the world's largest pickup manufacturer, and Rick Turner has spent decades designing and building pickups and instruments—he founded Alembic basses, Highlander pickups, and his own Turner-branded line of guitars. Certainly, with this kind of pedigree, it's no surprise that the DTAR gear is as feature-packed and great-sounding as it is.(

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