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Rob Elrick started his company in 1993, since then he has established himself as one of the leading custom bass manufacturers in the USA. Each bass is totally hand build and each neck is hand carved with no CNC mills, copy machines or shapers used.


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Evo Gold 4

Swamp Ash body

Burl Redwood top

Bird’s eye maple fingerboard

Bartolini pickups and 3 band preamp

Special offer - £2299


Special offer - £2299

Swamp ash body

Spalter maple top

Macassar Ebony fingerboard

Bartolini pickups and 3 band preamp

Special offer - £2475



Gold Series Basses


The Gold Series of guitars include instruments that feature bolt-on neck construction. They are identifiable by their gold leaf emblem and are available in "Classic", "e-volution" and "New Jazz Standard" body shapes. All bodies feature a "heel-less" body design for exceptional upper register access and an asymmetrical bolt pattern offering exceptional stability.


All instruments are hand carved from the finest hardwoods, including swamp ash or alder bodies and necks constructed of quarter-sawn hard maple or quarter-sawn wengé. Other woods are always available by special request.


Standard features include:

34" scale 4-string

35" scale 5, 6, 7-string

24 frets + zero fret

swamp ash or alder body

hand rubbed oil finish

quarter-sawn maple or quarter-sawn wenge neck

bubinga or wenge fretboard

2-way adjustable truss rod

Bartolini J-coil pickups

Bartolini 3-band preamp with 3-way mid and active bypass

fully shielded control cavity

Black Hipshot Ultra-light tuners

Black Hipshot B-style bridge

Dunlop Straploks

Elrick Fundamental strings

Elrick Zero Gravity case

Handmade from the finest hardwoods, features include bodies of

swamp ash or alder, necks constructed of quartersawn hard maple with

graphite stiffening rods or quartersawn wengé. Other woods available by request.


A variety of figured wood tops are available


A variety of fretboard options are also available



Platinum Series Bass Guitars


The Platinum Series of guitars include instruments with a variety of construction techniques. Single-cut, Thru-neck, Hybrid and Hybrid Semi-hollow construction are all trademarks of the Platinum Series and are identifiable by their platinum leaf emblem and finely carved neck heels.


All instruments are hand carved from the finest hardwoods, including swamp ash or alder bodies and necks constructed of quarter-sawn hard maple or quarter-sawn wengé. Other woods are always available by special request.


Standard features include:

34" scale 4-string

35" scale 5, 6, 7-string

24 frets + zero fret

swamp ash or alder body

figured wood top

hand rubbed oil finish

quarter-sawn maple or quarter-sawn wenge neck

bubinga or wenge fretboard

2-way adjustable truss rod

Bartolini J-coil pickups

Bartolini 3-band preamp with 3-way mid and active bypass

fully shielded control cavity

Black Hipshot Ultra-light tuners

Black Hipshot A-style bridge

Dunlop Straploks

Elrick Fundamental strings

Elrick Zero Gravity case



All Platinum Series models include figured wood tops, a variety of figured wood tops are available


A variety of fretboard options are also available


ELRICK REVIEWS;


Soundroom - Bass Player Magazine

Elrick e-volution active neck-through 5-string



List price: $3,950 ($4,300 as tested); approx. street price: N/A

Pros: Dreamy construction and delightful tone.

Cons: None.


BY JOHNATHAN HERRERA


When we reviewed the Cort Elrick JP-5 in June ’03, I dug the Korean-made instrument’s excellent playability and solid tone, but I was left curious as to what its aristocratically priced American-made cousin, the Elrick e-volution, was all about. The e-volution is a new model, but designer Rob Elrick actually intended it to be his first bass shape. After advice from friends, however, he eventually decided on the more exotically contoured “Classic” shape that has become his trademark. His deal with Cort to design the JP-5 led him back to his original concept, and he subsequently decided to add the e-volution to his U.S. lineup.


The e-volution reveals that, despite the recent trend towards low-priced designer imports, money still does matter. It is an impeccable piece of bass craftsmanship. Every detail was exquisitely rendered. The fretwork was exemplary, with perfectly filed frets and faultless attention to detail. The top-notch Hipshot and Dunlop hardware was solidly installed and performed perfectly. While some staffers didn’t appreciate our tester’s spalted-maple top, no one could deny the undeniably seductive quality of the Elrick’s artful woodworking. The neck joint’s contrasting wood colors are beautiful and its design is ingenious. Carved deeper on the treble side, the joint facilitates natural hand rotation in the upper register. The e-volution’s playability was slick, due in no small part to the well-balanced body contour, light weight, and wide string spacing. It arrived with a super-low setup that led to a few choked-out notes, but after a few minor adjustments, the bass felt superb.


In our Soundroom, through our Demeter/Crest/Eden rig, The Elrick’s Bartolini pickups and electronics displayed the warmth, punch, and alluring mid-range presence they’re famous for. Most of Elrick’s basses feature Bartolini J-style pickups, but Rob Elrick chose soapbars for our tester because he felt they better suited its wood combination. With everything flat, the Elrick is elegant and refined. The potent EQ is an able tone sculptor that’s enhanced by the three-way midrange frequency selector. I was particularly moved by the e-volution’s even response. The zero-fret makes open strings sound like their fretted counterparts. On a New Orleans funk gig, through an Aguilar DB 750 and Bergantino HT322, the Elrick had authentic tones for everything from all-out slap to greasy Meters-style grooves.


The Elrick is tasty, but like with food, super-tasy stuff like the e-volution will cost you, Its import counterpart is a solid bass that will perform competently on any gig, but if you simply must have the best, The Elrick e-volution should definitely be on your bass menu.


TECH SPECS


Scale length: 35”

Weight: 8 lbs, 8 oz

Body: Ash with spalted-maple top

Neck: Quartersawn maple with ebony fingerboard and walnut/padauk laminates at body

Options: Ebony fingerboard ($300); soapbar pickups ($200); Numerous woods and electronics


Made in: U.S.A

Hardshell case: Included

Warranty: Lifetime limited





Product Profile:  Elrick Neck-Through 4-String

Bass Player Magazine 1997

By Scott Malandrome


There’s something about a handmade bass.  Maybe it’s the specially selected timbers, the custom-tailored electronics, or just the extra attention that adds up to a unique instrument.  If you’re one of those bassists who’s into hand-crafted wood, you’ll dig the work of Chicago luthier Robert Elrick.  His 35” scale Neck-Through 4-string incorporates several species of fine hardwoods into an extremely well-built bass.  The Neck-Through isn’t just another ”butcher’s block,” though—it produces some of the finest tones we’ve ever heard. 


The center of the Elrick neck is a 1/4” wide stringer of the African hardwood bubinga.  It’s flanked by two 1/8” wide strips of Wengé (favored by luthiers for its stiffness), while the shoulder strips are quartersawn rock maple, which displays nearly vertical grain for extra stability.  (The neck is also beefed up with inlayed graphite bars.)  A heel block of bubinga and walnut hugs the portion of the neck that runs through the body; the body wings consist of two 1” thick pieces of swamp-ash adorned with a beautifully bookmatched, 1/4” figured-maple top and back.  Elrick says wood suppliers often call this type of maple “crazy quilt,” and we can see why: there’s a distinct flame to the top and back, but there are also spots that look a bit quilted and slightly burled.  (Especially nice are the bookmatched “angel wings” that surround the bridge area.)  All of the laminations on the body are accented with a 1/32” piece of dyed-black ash.  A tung-oil-and-urethane finish, which feels smooth to the touch, protects the body and the neck—but as with most oil finishes, the bass is easy to scratch and dent.  (Several areas on our test instrument also showed sanding marks.)


At the other end of the bass is a 12 degree angled back headstock; it sports a piece of dyed-black ash sandwiched between a 1/8” “crazy quilt” cap.  In the fingerboard department, a 1/4” billet of bubinga holds 24 jumbo frets—nearly all installed flush to the board on our test bass.  The fret ends were rounded over nicely, the crowns were round and smooth, and the fret kerfs were filled in.  We did find a few high spots with our precision-ground straightedge, but they didn’t cause any string buzzes. 


The neck wears a zero fret with a micarta string retainer.  Some builders use a zero fret for a more uniform sound between open and fretted notes; that’s because the string sits on the same material as the frets (because it is a fret), rather than lying on a piece of bone or other material.  The open strings on our test Elrick did exhibit the same snap as a fretted note.  We wish more builders would use this method—although all such basses must have an angled-back headstock for proper string pressure on the zero fret. 


Special woods deserve special electronics.  The Elrick boasts custom Bartolinis; the single-coil-size pickups are actually humbuckers with a 2 + 2 coil arrangement to cancel out 60-cycle hum.  This system works well, as you can solo the bridge or the neck pickup without that annoying J-Bass-like hum.  (The copper-foil-shielded cavity also helps.)  A Bartolini NTMB-3 active preamp offers three bands of EQ; the midrange control teams with a mini switch for three different mid frequencies.  Since there’s no compartments for the preamp’s 9-volt battery, the addition of the active/passive switch is very nice, although it produces a loud “thud” through the amp when switching preamp modes.  (Robert Elrick informs us that he’s since fixed the problem by adding a resistor to the switch.)  Surprisingly, the Elrick is a very lightweight instrument, especially considering its amount of laminated wood.  (Glue adds weight, too.)  All of that wood isn’t just for looks, though-the Neck-Through has one of the richest, most organic tones we’ve ever heard.  (There’s no denying the Elrick’s sustain.)  Playability-wise, the instrument feels a lot like a P-Bass in the lower registers—but it’s much faster past the 12th fret, because there isn’t much neck taper at the higher positions.  Our only design complaints is that the lower horn digs into your leg when you play the bass in a sitting position. 


Is a 35” scale length necessary for a 4-string? Elrick feels it adds definition to the bottom string while using the instrument’s Hipshots XTender Key, which is standard on all EIrick 4’s.  He also feels it makes heavier-gauge strings feel lighter.  We can confirm the former; our test bass came strung with standard .045-.105 gauge strings, but the E string sounded unusually clear.  The extra inch also adds superb focus when dropping the E to D. 


The Elrick sounds great through just about any amp.  The bridge pickup is perfect for that throaty Jaco tone, while the neck has shades of Precision-ness.  And blending both pickups together effectively combines elements of both worlds while producing a very musical, deep sound.  At over three grand, the Elrick Neck-Through certainly isn’t a steal.  Besides first-rate tone wood, a lot of what you’re paying for is the attention of one person tailoring an instrument for you.  And like most custom-made goods, that kind of special work doesn’t come cheap. 


Reprinted from Bass Player Magazine, August 1997







Elrick Bass Guitars, Ltd. Receives

Premier Guitar’s Premier Gear Award


Expat Series New Jazz Standard has been awarded

Premier Guitar’s distinguished “Premier Gear Award”




Elrick Bass Guitars, Ltd. Receives Premier Guitar’s Premier Gear Award By Premier Guitar

Dated: Sep 03, 2009


Expat Series New Jazz Standard has been awarded Premier Guitar’s distinguished “Premier Gear Award”


Elrick Bass Guitars Ltd has received a Premier Gear Award for the month of September with the ExpatSeries New Jazz Standard.


The Premier Gear Award is an honor bestowed upon a piece of gear—whether guitar, amp, effect, or other gear— that has been extraordinary enough to impress the staff

of Premier Guitar. D espite the high quality of all gear reviewed by Premier Guitar,

only exemplary items earn the award.


“Receiving the Premier Gear Award is a great validation of our original intention for the Expat Series of basses,” says Rob Elrick. “The Expat NJS is the first in a planned series of instruments offered as a respectable alternative to our hand carved US line of basses. Our plans for the Expat Series are to guarantee the quality of materials and components our customers have come to expect, while working with the experienced craftsmen of our partners in the Czech Republic, to present an instrument of prestigious quality at a mid-market price.”


“To find a bass that has escaped CNC-machine cloning,” says Premier Guitar reviewer, Dan Berkowitz, “You’ll need to travel beyond the mom-and-pop and big-box music stores to a bass boutique… These basses are clearly not for every player—both because of their price and their sound—but if you’re hankering for a bass beyond the ordinary, you might soon hear them calling to you in the soft breezes of the night.”


Premier Guitar awarded the NJS a rating of 5.0, the highest-possible rating. The full review can beaccessed at:

http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazine/Issue/2009/Sep/Elrick_Expat_Series_

New_Jazz_Standard_Platinum_Se ries_e_volution_Single_Cut_5_Bass_Reviews.aspx


“At Premier Guitar we want our reviews to focus on premier instruments and equipment for discerning gearheads, professional players and tone chasers, so we're always on the lookout for the best guitars and gear we can get our hands on,” says Chris Burgess, Editor-in-Chief for Premier Guitar. “Occasionally, our reviewers come across something that positively distinguishes itself from the rest.”

 

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