Soulmate

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SOULMATE

BRING YOUR SOUL ALIVE,
WITH EACH NOTE YOU PLAY

After comparing many old basses from the 50’s and 60’s, and together with the input from many players, an idea began to form in my mind of what Soulmate should be. For that vintage vibe, a wide neck was essential. The wide neck fights back, but at the same time it lends a helping hand so you can focus on groove, timing, phrasing, and coloring.
And to me, this is the soul of bass playing.

Sander de Gier

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DETAILS

Nobody likes a neck that’s constantly on the move. I implement a steel dual action trussrod and carbon fibre reinforcements into each neck. This creates stability and allows for comfortable neck adjustments, as well as easy future servicing. This neck is designed to last.
Lightweight tuners help to eliminate the neckdive caused by heavy tuners. However, the mass of heavy tuners does add to tone, but a thicker headstock does the same thing. So on Soulmate you have both goodies: light weight, balanced, and enhanced tone.
I use a fairly unique method for creating fretslots. You can learn more in this video. In short: I found a way to make use of the inner strenght of the wood instead of cutting it away. That enhances stability, it also prevents fretends from sticking out over time. It’s also quite elegant.
Many vintage basses have small frets. They play so easy, it’s almost as if you play better. But if they wear down, you can’t level them anymore, you need a refret. On Soulmate I use small vintage frets, but made from a harder nickel silver alloy. They last.
Soulmate features a compound fingerboard radius of 6.5” to 8”. This stays close to the 7.25” of vintage basses. The advantage of a compound radius is that it allows for a lower setup than a constant radius. But if you don’t like low action, I can always set it up any way you like.
The pickup is a splitcoil and therefore humcancelling. The control cavity is shielded with thick copperfoil, the pickuppoles get grounded and the whole pickguard is grounded to eliminate electrostatic noise. It is quiet.
There is passive Volume and Tone. I feel that the Fatboost would be a mismatch with the soul of the instrument.
  • De Gier Soulmate Bass
  • De Gier Soulmate Bass

ORDERING

Soulmate 4 string: starting at € 2295,-
Soulmate 5 string: starting at € 2395,-

Prices are excluding shipping.
Prices are including 21% VAT.
Customers outside the EU can deduct this VAT from the total amount.

Ordering from our inventory

We always have some instruments in stock. We do this to serve our customers who first want to try out a few guitars or basses before they decide.

De Gier Stocklist

Configure online.

The Soulmate can be configured online. Choose woods, colours, pickups and a lot more in our order form. After submitting this form, you will receive an email with a confirmation and payment details within 24 hours (workdays).

Configure your Soulmate online

Contact us.

Let us help you make the right choices. Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to discuss the possibilities with you. Of course you are also more than welcome to visit our shop.

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Standard Configuration

Body Alder
Neck Hard maple
Fingerboard Rosewood
Pickups Fralin, Nordstrand, Lollar and Aguilar
Bridge Custom de Gier/ETS
Tuners Hipshot ultralite
Controls Volume, Tone
Color All traditional solid colors available. For sunburst and metallics see custom options.

Custom Options

Lefthanded € 150,-
Swamp ash body
€ 60,-
Maple fingerboard (coated) no extra
Other wood for body/fingerboard see orderform
Fretless See orderform
Fingerboard-Binding € 95,-
Blockinlays € 120,-
Different pickups Upon request
Sunburst € 60,-
Transparent finish € 60,-
Metallic finish € 60,-
Relic € 150,-
Matching headstock € 60,-
Gold anodised pickguard € 150,-
Any other custom option not in this list is available upon request.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Soulmate 4 Soulmate 5
Neckwidth at nut 44 mm 46mm
Neckwidth at last fret 63 mm 78 mm
Thickness at nut 20 mm 20 mm
Thickness at 12th fret 24 mm 24 mm
Fretsize small small
Stringspacing at bridge 19.5 mm 19 mm
Radius fingerboard 6.5″ to 8″ 7.5″ to 12″
Neckshape C C
Number of frets 20 20
Neckjoint Bolt on Bolt on
Scale 34″ 34″
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