Back in 2018, bass legend Stanley Clarke told the world (via MusicRadar (opens in new tab)) that he had designed a Strat-style bass that would eventually be released by Fender.
After a couple of years without word on the model, it turns out that the design – dubbed the Spellcaster – has in fact been released, but by Oneonta Guitar (opens in new tab), not Fender.
Sporting a five-way pickup selector and three control knobs, a body-mounted input jack, and a three-tone sunburst finish, the Spellcaster is indeed a dead ringer for a Strat at first glance, just, of course, with two fewer strings.
A 30.5” short-scale model, the Spellcaster features an alder body, reversed headstock, maple neck, and a rosewood fingerboard with 25 frets. Sonically, it's outfitted with a trio of single-coil pickups, controlled by the aforementioned five-way selector switch and trio of knobs (a master volume and a pair of tone controls for the neck and middle pickup.)
Additionally, the bass boasts a mini-switch that allows for the selection of all pickups or just the bridge and neck pickups.
Fascinatingly, the bass – true to its inspiration – also features a Strat-style tremolo system, with individual saddles for each string.
The Oneonta Stanley Clarke Spellcaster Bass is available now for $1,635.
For more info on the bass, stop by oneontaguitar.com (opens in new tab).
Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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