For a true Bass-Aholic it doesn’t get much better than this. Last night I received an email from Nobuaki Hayashi in Japan. We’d been talking recently about the development of his latest bass. Yesterday he was putting on the last few finishing touches and he wanted to share the completed bass guitar with me.
For those that don’t know Nobuaki Hayashi, you might be familiar with his pseudonym, H. Noble. The name H. Noble was seen on the headstock of many instruments from Aria Pro II during the seventies and eighties. Mr. Hayashi was an engineer and designer for Matsumoku, the company that built a great number of quality guitar brands during this period. He was responsible for the design of a number of bass and guitar models during an era where the Japanese guitar building industry was becoming well known for it’s production of very high quality instruments.
Later Nobuaki Hayashi founded Atlansia, a small boutique bass and guitar company in Nagano Japan. Atlansia builds some of the most unique and innovative basses and guitars I’ve ever seen and a number of models are my personal favourites. Nobuaki Hayashi holds patents for a great number of original ideas that are implemented in his instruments.
The latest offering from Atlansia is this bass guitar. The instrument is yet to be named, but Mr. Hayashi has given me the honour of introducing this model to the world through 101 Basses.
I do not have any technical details, only photos, but I hope to learn more in the next while.
One of the things I like about Atlansia basses is their unique designs. These are not Fender copies, by any means. Each of Nobuaki Hayashi’s designs are completely original and this bass is no exception.
But beyond the aesthetics are a number of design elements you won’t see anywhere else.
Some of these include details such as the recessed tuners which will help to hold the string more tightly against the nut.
In addition Atlansia places rollers between the nut and the machine heads. The rollers help to prevent the string from sticking and popping while tuning.
The nut appears to be a fully adjustable model. This feature is not common but an excellent idea allowing you to adjust the height of the string without reworking a plastic or bone nut.
One of Atlansia’s patented ideas is its cylindrical single string humbucking pickup. These pickups allow you to rotate the pickup in relation to the string. This allows for changing the phase of the magnetic field and will alter the sound of the pickup. A fixed, non-adjustable, version of this concept has been recently introduced by Carey Nordstrand. Atlansia has had these for a great number of years.
Atlansia has another feature that is starting to be copied by a number of builders. This is the mono rail bridge.
In photos I’ve seen pieces of this bridge being worked on a lathe. So I am assuming they are brass. Very high mass and great for increasing sustain. This bridge looks to have been built for great versatility and great sound.
All this from a single photo. I’m hoping that I will get more technical information from Noble in the next while.
I’m sorry to say that I’ve only seen Atlansia’s basses from photos and videos and have not had a chance to see one first hand and, as such, have never played one. I do hope to remedy this at some point. But for now I can only dream. I wonder if I have enough Airmiles to get to Japan?