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BEBOP

A reinterpretation of a timeless classic

  • De Gier BeBop 4 Glenn Gaddum jr.
  • De Gier BeBop 4 Glenn Gaddum jr.

For years I was hesitant to make this bass. Just like our customers, I am an artist, and I did not want to be bound by the constraints of tradition. I was young and creative and wanted to innovate. Eventually, I came to understand that we all stand on somebody else’s shoulders. And that innovations can be created while still tipping your hat to tradition.
This became my goal for BeBop.

Sander de Gier

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PHOTOS

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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 BeBop 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.
The curvature of a vintage fingerboard is often a 7.25” radius. While it plays great, the disadvantage is that the strings are in the same radius while pickup poles are flat. So outer strings are often louder than inner strings because they are closer to the pickup. That’s why I have chosen a compound radius of 7.25” to 12”. A compound radius also allows for a lower action. And if you don’t prefer a low action, no problem… I’ll be happy to set it up higher for you.
When you use true single coils, like we use on BeBop, you introduce hum. It’s inevitable. Some choose humcancelling pickups, but to my ears they always seems to miss some magic. Therefore I went out on a shielding mission. The control cavity is shielded with thick copperfoil, the pickup poles get grounded and the whole pickguard is grounded to eliminate electrostatic noise. It’s as quiet as possible while still giving you true single coil tone.
The BeBop’s electronics are a blend of tradition and innovation. It is uses traditional passive single coil pickups. The first 3 knobs are Vol, Vol, Tone, as you might expect. Tone is a pushpull potentiometer, changing capacitors when you switch. This gives you vintage or modern treble roll off. Vintage (pull) is great to use on the bridge pickup, fully closed, for that typical mid-hump, Jaco-sound. Modern (push) is great for any slight reduction of high freq’s. See this video. The 4rth knob is our unique Fatboost. It is a switch that activates a low frequency boost. It’s factory-preset to be very subtle, but you can adjust an internal trimmer in the rear cavity if you want to give it more gain. With these 4 controls you can get anything from dark vintage to beefy modern sounds.
  • De Gier BeBop 5 Burgundy relic
  • De Gier BeBop 5 Custom Blue Metallic

REVIEWS

De BeBop geeft hierdoor veel Jazz Bass-kopieën het nakijken.
Gitarist
Das hier ist weit mehr als nur ein “guter Allrounder”. C’est un Monsieur. Jazz Bass mit mehr Pixels.
Bass Quarterly
Uiteindelijk is de De Gier de mooist gebouwde en best klinkende van de twee. Je voelt de liefde en het hoogstaande handwerk. De BeBop klinkt simpelweg zoals een top-Jazz zou moeten klinken, en dat is voor ons toch de doorslaggevende factor.
Bassist
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ORDERING

BeBop 4 string: starting at € 2395,-
BeBop 5 string: starting at € 2495,-

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 BeBop 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 BeBop 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, Aero, Aguilar, Bare Knuckle
Bridge Custom de Gier/ETS
Tuners Hipshot ultralite
Controls Volume, Volume, Dual Tone and Fatboost
Color All traditional solid colors available. For sunburst and metallics see custom options.
Fatboost The De Gier/Vanderkley Fatboost is an active but subtle bass boost. It is designed to keep the sound as close as possible to the original passive sound. The boost is activated by a switch and gives you a maximum of 9dB boost of low frequencies. (We set it at about 4dB standard). It is ultra low noise. The result is as if your passive sound grew up intstantly. In the off position it is true bypass for a 100% passive sound.

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,-
Any other custom option not in this list is available upon request.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

BeBop 4 BeBop 5
Neckwidth at nut 38 mm 46 mm
Neckwidth at last fret 63 mm 78 mm
Thickness at nut 20 mm 20 mm
Thickness at 12th fret 23.5 mm 23.5 mm
Fretsize small small
Stringspacing at bridge 19.5 mm 19 mm
Radius fingerboard 7.25″ to 12″ 7.25″ to 12″
Neckshape C C
Number of frets 21 21
Neckjoint Bolt on Bolt on
Scale 34″ 34″
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