The Manticore was commissioned by Paul, a fantastic bass player and an avid collector of interesting and rare basses.

This gave him a great perspective for what he wanted to get from a custom build. The main aim of the Manticore was the bring together some of the elements from Paul’s favourite basses, while adding new ones to help stretch his playing ability.

The Manticore also had to sport an extensive tonal range and flexibility. Paul chose to have a set of SIMS Super Quad pickups, paired with a John East UNI-PRE 5 knob pre-amp/EQ system. This gave him a huge dynamic range and allowed the bass to cover a wide selection of musical genres.

Alongside the electrics, Paul chose a Hipshot bass tremolo, something that he’d never experienced before but allowed him to explore some new playing techniques.

Manticore Specifications

Spalted Maple top
Yellow veneer
Mahogany middle
Green veneer
Wenge base
Green into yellow resin channels

Bolt-on joint
1 Piece Roasted Maple
Carbon rod re-renforcement
2-way truss rod
Wenge truss rod cover

Birdseye Maple
Maple & black veneer binding
34″ Scale length
24 Gold EVO frets
Black tube & brass rod inlay
Brass tube & Glow-dot side markers

Hipshot® Black Bass Tremolo bridge
Hipshot® Black Ultra-lite tuners
Graphtech® TUSQ nut
John East® knobs
Jumbo Strap pins

SIMS® Super Quads
John East® UNI-PRE 5 Knob Preamp/EQ System

Satin AC lacquer