Aged Grenadine Agness 5-String

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Build time for most instruments is 6-7 months.


Experience the Agness

The wood of the Agness is as unique as its patent-pending design, and you won’t find another one like it anywhere. In the forests of Oregon, the wood for each Agness top is hand selected for beauty, originality, and tone. The Agness offers the expected benefits of a boutique short-scale bass, such as being lightweight and more manageable, but the surprise is in the firm tension of the low B, a tribute to the proprietary string pathway of this instrument. The sound is rich, full, and all its own. Tone and sustain are further accentuated by strategic coring and the metal parts that are as utilitarian as they are bold.

Free yourself to enjoy playing and creating with a more manageable bass that works with you and not against you.

Additional Agness specs

IMAGES: Agness 5 string bass shown is in Aged Grenadine Sunburst option, with headstock and body top binding. The back of this custom bass is swamp ash, top is highly figured myrtle. Instrument weight is 8.14 lbs

Agness Features

The Agness standard electronics include a Noll 18v 4 band active preamp with piezo saddles and magnetic coil/piezo blend control for an incredible variety of tone combinations. Bridge hardware and headstock tip are custom made in our shop in polished aluminum, and the tuners & preamp knobs are chrome.

Our pickups are custom made for us by MJ’s in Canada, and we locate the pole pieces directly under the most resonant harmonics of each string.  This placement brings forth the richest blend of string harmonics so you can dial in your tone, whether using our full passive electronics or our Noll 4-band preamp active setup with piezo saddles. The Noll preamp controls include master volume (pull to activate passive mode), magnetic pickup 4 coil sweep/blend, Low-mid, High-mid, Bass, and Treble, piezo/magnetic pickup blend, and passive tone. Pickup output is optimized and matched to the preamp. The full passive setup (standard on the Orford) includes a coil tap switch (series/parallel/single) and volume control for each pickup and a master tone. The pickups are close together and form a nice thumb rest in the playing area. NOTE: Players desiring optional pickup placement for popping technique please advise us during your consultation with our master luthier, who will cover all aspects of your instrument before beginning your build.

Instruments are finished with catalyzed paint systems, or our optional oil & wax finish. Models with color staining go through a multi-step stain & coloring process, then are finished with catalyzed clearcoat in satin or gloss, depending on the order. 

Standard Agness Specifications

Scale length 30"
Frets 24
Fret material Stainless steel
Position markers Custom inlay
Nut Water Buffalo horn
Bridge Custom Master Craftsman design
Tuners Hipshot Ultralights
Pickups Custom wound, coil-split, output matched to preamp
Electronics Noll 18v 4-band preamp with piezo saddles
Nech-thru laminate Cedar/wenge/maple sandwich
Body wood Alder, redwood, swamp ash backs; Figured maple, myrtle, cedar tops
Case Lockable hard case, custom fitted

Custom options (contact us before ordering) 

  • Custom inlay
  • Unique fingerboard materials (based on availability)
  • Fret size custom order options
  • Graphtech Tusq™ Nut material
  • Custom pickup output options
  • Body back & top wood custom options (based on availability)
  • Custom paint colors

Warranty Information

We offer a lifetime limited warranty on every instrument we build for the original owner (buyer or gift recipient). If any part of your instrument fails due to a defect in materials or workmanship, Master Craftsman Guitars will gladly repair your instrument or replace any defective part at our option. Should you have questions regarding regular maintenance issues, we are here to help as well. Contact us at any time.

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1 Review

  • 5
    Smooth Operator

    Published by Sean Gordon aka Shonsta on Mar 13th 2019

    A split-second glance is all you need to get hooked. I mean look at that thing! That body! That massive metal bridge! The clever and well thought out pickup placement! 24 frets, that are also all accessable! That half-chrome half-wood head stock!!!

    When you pick it up, it is lighter than you may expect. It is a semi-hollow body so it's not too heavy, and not too light. I sound like Goldilocks here but it really is "just right". The tone is so beautiful on every string. The low B string resonates beautifully and without flab or buzziness. Tone and volume controls are smooth and you can get any bass tone you are going for.

    I have short fingers so this short scale bass is so much easier to play than a regular bass for me. The strings are also at a very good distance from each other. Just far apart enough for bass techniques, and just close enough for things like chords and impressive virtuoso stuff.

    The only bad thing though, is that after you've had the Agness, your other basses will significantly lose their appeal. No joke! Don't say I didn't warn you!

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