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Shuker J J Burnel signature P Bass

Shuker J J Burnel signature P Bass


This bass came about by way of an accident! Baz, the guitarist / vocals with the stranglers was a bit annoyed when a pint of beer came sailing across the stage towards him and as any true guitarist should know, the only reaction is to smash up the guitar! a pretty difficult repair job to put the neck and headstock back together (initially I told him to bin it) but it worked out ok. He was amazed that it glued up. A while after that a friend of mine, Shaggy, was talking to JJ at the Hilton hotel in sheffield, JJ was sick of the lack of recognition he was recieiving from an 'american' company and the fact that he wasn't getting on with the instruments as a whole. He wanted a better service and a more superior instrument, preferabley built in the UK. He'd been down this route with a couple of english companies before and nothing even acceptable had come of it. Shaggy told him that he should speak to me and thats how it came about. The following week myself and shaggy made the trip to the Stranglers recording studio near Frome in Somerset, JJ explained what he wanted from a bass, what he liked and disliked from the two he played at the time, we had a few drinks.... and a great lunch the following day... although Shaggy was not impressed that baked beans were not on the menu to go with the pie at the gastro pub and that salad cream was not available to go with the beans....

So I went about making a bass that had the best of both, but also updating the design and trying to make improvements to really bring out his individual style and sound.

His 70's Precision sounded great, but weighed a ton. The 60's P was a nice weight, had a great feeling neck but lacked a little in the sound. Both basses weren't the easiest instruments to play, but JJ is a strong player, really digs in and gives the bass hell. So I knew it had to be quite robust !

I settled on a design that I thought was good, slightly changed the shape to make the curves more flowing, better access to the upper frets, my headstock shape,....heres the spec:

The ash is a heavy dense wood, great for a defined low end and crisp trebles, definitely the right wood for JJ's sound, but very heavy, so its used as a core wood with lighter swamp ash wings. Slightly thinner body too to reduce the weight.

The pickups are of course extremely important, they are custom wound to sound like a vintage P but with a higher output, a bit more aggressive sound.

The Gotoh bridge is a huge improvement on the original, well made. Heavy gauge baseplate, channels for the outer saddles aids stability

The control cavity is lined with copper sheet, soldered at each joint for improved shielding.

The tone cut removes a little more of the treble than on the original, giving a wider variety of sounds.

The neck is a single slab of rock maple, central is a two way truss rod which adjusts the neck in both planes. Its adjustable at the body end, a small cover in the scratchplate lifts out. Either side of the rod theres two lengths of carbon fibre that increase the strength on the neck immensely, making it very stable but also the properties of carbon fibre improve harmonic content, sustain and attack.

The Gotoh tuners are improved versions of the elephant ear tuner. They are also adjustable for gear friction, so zero backlash.

The satin finish on the neck feels musch less sticky than gloss.

The headstock has the Shuker bass logo and JJ decal. On the rear each is numbered and signed.

3 piece swamp ash and english white ash body

40mm thickness

polyester basecoat, black colour, wet look lacquer top coat.

black/white/black scratchplate

custom wound P pickups (slightly overwound)

Gotoh bridge, chrome

straplock buttons

copper can shielding

wide band tone cut

maple neck

maple f/board, black front and side dots

Or rosewood board, white front and side dots

jumbo stainless steel fretwire

two way adjustable truss rod, neck heel end adjustable

dual carbon fibre neck reinforcement

Gotoh tuners

brass nut

satin finish on neck

individually signed and numbered

£1950 inc embossed hardcase

left handed available at no extra



Shuker J J Burnel signature artist bass




The Stranglers were starting to tour an acoustic set through Europe and he wanted a bass that could be used through an amp but didn't feedback and sounded like a double bass, so I lent him an Artist bass for the tour. This bass can be heard on the Stranglers Giants album and was used for the full live acoustic cd that accompanies the album.

Based on the Artist bass but with a few changes the J J Burnel Artist bass has a

34" scale

24 frets

5 piece laminated mahogany / sycamore veneer neck

maple head veneer

black gloss headstock face

maple f/board

two way truss rod

carbon fibre reinforcement

jumbo stainless steel fretwire

composite nut

black face and side dots

satin neck lacquer

gotoh gb707 tuners

mahogany chambered body

5A spruce drop top

polyurethane black lacquer

rosewood bridge

composite saddle

headway pickup and preamp, vol, wide band tone cut

black hardware

rotosound trubass strings


left handed available at no extra


Shuker J J Burnel signature artist bass