With a hand-wound humbucker and a fretless bridge, this unique signature model must be seen to be believed.
This beautiful bass guitar is Mike Sabre’s Dominique Di Piazza Signature Model. Built entirely by hand to the French virtuoso’s personal specifications, it’s an exceptional instrument. While the name may not immediately ring a bell, bass fans are sure to have heard Di Piazza’s playing at one time or another. The Lyon-born bassist made a massive impact when he appeared on jazz guitarist John McLaughlin’s classic 1991 trio album Que Alegria alongside Indian percussion maestro Trilok Gurt, and has been a huge influence on a new generation of players that include Matthew Garrison, Hadrien Feraud and countless others. His signature model features a hand-wired Hepcat humbucker and a chambered body that’s made using a combination of mahogany, maple and rosewood. The fretless bridge is based on the principle of the Indian sitar with precisely carved wooden saddles that allow each string to vibrate freely over a ‘culminant point’, which creates a fantastic swelling resonance when using vibrato. This very special bass also comes fitted with a maple finger ramp, Schaller BML tuners, a maple neck and a two-octave pau ferro fretboard.