Cleveland Model

A large 3/4—small 7/8 sized bass with a strong, even sound and excellent playability.

Modeled after a highly sought-after American-made bass which is no longer available, the New Standard ClevelandTM fills the gap between inexpensive student basses and premium but fragile carved instruments. Truly a professional bass, it responds equally well both pizzicato and arco. The string length is reasonable (42"), the construction is strong, and the body design produces a punchy, deep tone.

The neck joint has been standardized and strengthened, the string length made more manageable, and the neck has been mounted to allow better access to the upper register.

A huge hit with jazz, slap and Broadway theater bassists, it has a deep, punchy tone with a lot of "puff". It is a large 3/4 (or small 7/8) size with round back and gamba corners.

  • Built of poplar-core laminates, which are light and resonant
  • Beautiful spruce and maple exterior veneers
  • Quality ebony fingerboard, nut, saddle and endpin (10mm with screw-on tip)
  • Hand-applied oil finish (no tone-robbing polyester, lacquer or heavy conversion varnishes)
  • Set-up to exacting specifications, with special one-piece adjusters installed in a fine European maple bridge
  • Authentic inlaid purfling, top and back, which adds to the beauty and helps prevent edge degradation
  • Beautifully carved scroll and neck, top-notch attention to detail throughout
  • Proper neck-set angle for arco playing

Hybrid models include a fully carved European spruce top.

String Length 42" / 106.7 cm.
Body Length 45 1/4" / 114.9 cm. (back)
Upper Bout 21 1/8" / 53.6 cm.
Lower Bout 26" / 66.1 cm.


New Standard BassesTM are generally sold on a pre-ordered basis. On occasion inventory is available. Please call to inquire. Order times average 10-12 weeks. Upgrades to tuning machines and custom varnish colors are available at extra cost.

Current Pricing (F.O.B. Connecticut)

Cleveland $4,500
Cleveland Hybrid $6,400
Price subject to change


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