Models / Body Shapes
We offer several
original body and headstock designs as well as our own variants of a few classics due to popular demand. We build every guitar by
hand, not CNC - so creating a unique design or even modifying an existing design to meet your exact requirements is easy. We can work with you to
design and build your perfect bass, both tonally and aesthetically.
» See our Bass Models & Body Shapes
Every Waghorn bass is made to order and as a result the construction style options available are numerous. We build Through-Neck, Set-Neck and
Bolt-On neck guitars; with either a solid, chambered or semi-hollow body to achieve the tone you require. All of our guitar necks are made from
quarter-sawn timbers, and with volutes at the headstock for strength and stability. All necks are fitted with two-way truss rods and feature carbon-fibre neck reinforcement as standard.
Range & Scale Length
We build four strings, five strings, six strings and beyond, with your choice of scale length including custom and
multi-scale (fanned fret) instruments. If you have a specific tuning in mind and are unsure what the best options are you can contact us
to discuss the technical and ergonomic aspects of different
scale lengths and resulting string tensions.
Choose body, neck and decorative tonewoods ranging from Alder to Ziracote. We are always happy to discuss the
different tonal properties, strengths, weights, aesthetics, availability and suitability of different woods for application in your Waghorn custom build.
We utilise high quality guitar hardware from companies such as Schaller, Gotoh, ABM, ETS, Kahler, Hipshot, Graphtech, Sperzel - to name the
most popular. The specific hardware available of course varies from year to year so for more information get in contact with us or see individual
. We do not use cheap substandard hardware from the Far East.
Pickups & Electronics
Pickups from companies such as Seymour Duncan/Basslines, Delano, DiMarzio, EMG and Nordstrand and (as well as others) are widely available
to suit your tone and style. Active and Passive EQ systems Switching and wiring options of course depend largely on the pickups and controls that you choose but we are able to
discuss what sounds or switching patterns you hope to achieve and if it's possible - we can do it. We can also implement midi and piezo systems from
companies such as Graphtech.
It's your guitar so we make the neck the way you want it, providing there are no limitations due to the chosen hardware (nut and bridge width,
spacing and radii can dictate certain measurements). We can make a neck as thick or thin as you want it, providing it does not compromise the
quality and longevity of the instrument. The neck shape (profile) is up to you.
Whether you want a full custom fingerboard inlay, a smaller personalised design at the 12th fret - or perhaps something a little more understated, we offer very competitively
priced custom fingerboard inlay work as an optional extra for your custom build. We are able to work from your original sketches or design something from scratch based on your
design brief. Contact us for details.
» See our Inlay Gallery for previous examples.
We offer two main clear coat finish options; Gloss and Satin. Both are essentially the same finish, but the Gloss will typically receive more coats
and undergo more sanding before polishing to a high mirror gloss. Our necks are finished in Satin as standard for a super fast feel, but Gloss
is an option if you wish. We can also produce oil finishes depending on the hardness of the woods used.
Take a look at our bass guitar gallery to see previous examples of natural, dyed, solid/block colours as
well as different combinations that we have produced in the past.
Prices & Ordering
Waghorn custom bass guitars start at £1750.00 GBP for bolt-on, £1850.00 for Set-neck construction, and £1950.00 GBP for neck-through. For a more
detailed quote for your ideal custom guitar specification complete a Bass Guitar Custom Quote Form
call +44(0)117 927 2111.
We ship worldwide. See our Ordering page for more information.
Waghorn Bass Models
Click on the models below to see examples and design options. The headstocks shown here are the signature for each body shape, but can be swapped for
another of our headstock designs if you prefer. All of our non-symmetrical designs available in Standard or Reversed format, and headless construction
is also available. All of our designs are available as 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 string and beyond (depending on suitable quality hardware). Talk to us to discuss your ideas.
We also offer the majority of our electric guitar shapes as bass models!
Every Waghorn bass guitar is built from only the best quality tonewoods and each is genuinely handcrafted with the greatest care and attention to detail.