NAMM 2011 – Aquilina Bass Guitars from France

January 16, 2011 – Sebastien Aquilina talks about his beautifully hand-crafted basses at Winter NAMM

French Luthier Sebastien Aquilina designs and builds custom “works of art” bass guitars that play and sound as beautiful as they look. His impeccable craftsmanship and choice of premium appointments creates a synergy with alder, mahogany, poplar, maple, sycamore and exotic woods in fine musical instruments in the French tradition. There are 3 basic Aguilina models to choose from and all can be customized to your taste.


Sebastien’s basses are truly special both visually and aurally. They are handcrafted 100% by his hands and he creates about 20 instruments per year. I had a chance to play several models (several times, couldn’t keep my hands off) and when I was in his booth everyone who stopped in was drooling over them. The instruments are much lighter than they look, balance nicely and are a dream to play.

ShelbyDb Richard Bona
Scale870 mm (34.25 inches)870 mm (34.25 inches)
NeckNeck thru, sycamore/ash, carbon renforced, 24 fretsNeck thru, sycamore/ash, carbon renforced, 24 frets
Fret boardIndian Rosewood, vintage thin fretsIndian Rosewood, vintage thin frets
BodyTop: sycamore, back: alderTop: sycamore, back: mahogany
PickupsDelano humbucker SBC split to single coil by push/pull volumeDelano humbucker SBC split to single coil by push/pull volume
ElectronicsPreamp: Epro BTB, volume, blend, master tone, bass and treble boostPreamp: Epro BTB, volume, blend, master tone, bass and treble boost
BridgeHipshotHipshot
Machine headsGothoGotho

 

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One thought on “NAMM 2011 – Aquilina Bass Guitars from France

  1. amazing looking guitar, thanks Mikesgig for posting the video, can you post how it also sound if possible

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