The only reason that Atlansia is at the bottom of this list is due to their lack of popularity in the market outside of Japan. This in no takes away from the products importance. Quite to the contrary, Atlansia is one of the most innovative builders on this list.
Atlansia is the brain child of Nobuaki Hayashi from Nagano Japan. Mr Hayashi goes by the pseudonym of H. Noble, a name that is well known to anyone that is a fan of the works of Matsumoku. Matsumoku was a giant in the Japanese guitar building industry for decades, but unfortunately closed in 1987.
H. Hoble was part of Matsumoku during its period of going from budget guitar builder to producing products that rivaled the big American builders. He was, most notably, the designer of the Aria Pro II SB-1000 Bass that was used by several well known bassists.
After Matsumoku, Noble founded Atlansia and is currently it’s president and designer.
Noble is a true inventor and creative genius. Many of his designs are completely original and have features not found on other instruments. He has a long list of patents registered in his name for innovations in guitar and bass guitar design, and also in areas of design outside of guitar building.
Historically, the typical bass guitar had four strings, but over the years has has come in five, six or even more strings. Atlansia has bass models covering those, but also has a one string model, the Solitaire, a two string, the Dualist and a three string, the Trister.
Of all the bass guitar models built by Atlansia, my all time favorite is the Victoria. This bass comes in a number of configurations from 4-string to 6-string, fretted or fretless and with a variety of pickups, electronics and tailpieces.
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One of the nicest styling features, in my opinion, is the use of the bird as a sound hole instead of the tradition f-hole that most hollow bodied instruments have.
Of the more innovative features of this bass are the individual string humbucking pickups. This design allows for having one pickup that can be used for any string configuration. But beyond that, on many models, the pickups can be rotated to adjust the phasing of the field around the string.
The Atlansia Victoria comes in several configurations…
Pricing for this model is in the range of around $4500.00 to $5000.00 depending on features and current exchange from Japanese Yen.
Although I’ve yet to play one of these basses, what I’ve read about them and all my research indicates them to be a truly unique and a great contender for my Top Ten Boutique Basses List.
“Stay Tuned” as the Top Ten Boutique Bass countdown continues