Lea Bass Guitars Pricing

The following is a guide to give you an idea of what options are available and the approximate final price of your bass.  There are too many options to list them all here - call me to discuss your ideas for your dream bass.

Lea Basses are completely hand-built in the USA and include as standard:

  • Premium hardwood body top with matching headstock cap 
  • Premium hardwood body core
  • Three layers included (top, tone wood, and body)
  • Multi-lamination taper core quartersawn neck assemblies
  • Bolt-on neck construction
  • Hand cut unbleached bone nut or Tusq graphite nut
  • Two-way truss rod
  • Two carbon fiber reinforcement rods on all 5 and 6-string necks
  • 12″ to 18″ compound radius
  • 24 fret fingerboard w/ Abalone, Green Snail Shell, black Mother of Pearl, or Mother of Pearl edge markers
  • D’Addario nickel wound strings
  • Medium jumbo frets
  • Gotoh sealed Y-style tuners
  • Hipshot A-style fully adjustable bridge
  • Five knob active/passive control setup 
  • Choice of Aguilar OBP-3, Nordstrand 3-band preamp, or Bartolini 3-band preamp, 9-volt setup
  • Aguilar, Nordstrand, or Bartolini dual coil pickups
  • Custom hardwood truss rod cover
  • Hand-rubbed oil/poly finish
  • Choice of inset or conventional Dunlop strap locks
  • No additional charge for left-handed basses (because I’m left-handed, so I feel your pain...)
  • 34 or 35 inch scale
  • Abalone, Wenge, Green Snail Shell, Mother of Pearl, or black Mother of Pearl “Lea” logo on headstock
  • Electronic cavity cover matching back wood

 

Overall Design

String Count

  • 4-String:  $2100.00 (Fretless - $2000)
  • 5-String:  $2400.00 (Fretless - $2300)
  • 6-String:  $2700.00 (Fretless - $2600)
  • 7-string:  $3000.00 (Fretless - $2900)
  • Through-body string option:  +$50

Body Style

  • Double cut:  standard
  • Singlecut:  +$250

Neck Style

  • Bolt-on:  standard
  • Neck-through:  +$100

Neck Specifics

Neck woods

  • Bubinga
  • Figured or Flamed Maple
  • Sapele Mahogany
  • Quartersawn Wenge
  • Walnut

Neck Laminations

  • 4 laminations:  standard
  • 5 laminations:  +$50
  • 6 laminations:  +$100
  • 7 laminations:  +$150

Fretboard wood

  • Indian Rosewood or Bubinga:  standard
  • Wenge:  +$50
  • Figured Maple:  +$75
  • Bird’s Eye Maple:  +$100
  • Cocobolo:  +$100
  • Macassar Ebony:  +$100

Fretboard markers

  • Abalone Dot Marker:  +$100
  • Mother of Pearl Dot Marker (white or black):  +$100

Custom inlay

I have my complex inlay jobs done by Aulson Inlay in Lusby, MD.  They can do pretty much whatever you want on the fret board – price depends on the complexity of the job and materials used.

Lea Bass GuitarsBody Specifics

Top Wood Choices

  • Bubinga AAA
  • Bubinga AAAAA:  +$150
  • Cocobolo:  +$200
  • Koa AAA:  +$150
  • Koa AAAAA:  +$350
  • Lacewood
  • Bird’s Eye Maple:  +$100
  • AAAAA Burl Maple:  +$250
  • Flamed Maple AAA
  • Flamed Maple AAAAA:  +$200
  • Quilted Maple AAA
  • Quilted Maple AAAAA:  +$200
  • Spalted Maple:  +$200
  • Padauk
  • Redwood
  • AAAAA Redwood:  +$150
  • AAAAA Redwood Burl:  +$250
  • Claro Walnut
  • Claro Walnut AAAAA:  +$200
  • Claro Walnut Burl:  +$300
  • Wenge
  • Purpleheart
  • Redheart
  • Bloodwood
  • Spalted Tamarind:  +$100
  • Other options available upon request

Tone Layer

  • Wenge
  • Bubinga
  • Padauk
  • Walnut

Body Core

  • Alder
  • Swamp Ash:  +$50
  • Sapele
  • Mahogany
  • Walnut
  • Black Limba:  +$50
Back Wood

Same prices as Top Wood choices

Body Layer count

  • 2 layers:  -$50
  • 3 layers:  standard
  • 4 layers:  +$75
  • Solid top option:  +$250

Custom Body Options

  • Custom Shape:  +$100 to $500, depending on complexity
  • Chambering:  +$250  

Electronics Specifics

Electronic control configuration

  • 5 knob full active passive:  standard
  • Cutoff switch:  +$50
  • Coil Split switch:  +$50

Preamp

  • Nordstrand, Aguilar OBP-3, or Bartolini 3-band 9-volt on board preamps: standard
  • 18-Volt setup:  +$50

Pickups

  • Nordstrand, Aguilar, or Bartolini dual coil:  standard
Pickup Covers
  • Stock black plastic: standard
  • Custom wood:  $125 each

Miscellaneous

Knobs

  • Stock Rosewood, maple, walnut, bubinga, or ebony dome knobs: standard
  • Custom knobs:  +$150

Ramp:  +$100

Electronic Cavity Cover

  • Match back wood: standard
  • Contrasting wood:  +$25

Hardware Finish

  • Black: standard
  • Chrome:  +$50
  • Gold:  +$75

Tuners/D-tuner

  • Gotoh sealed tuners:  standard
  • Hipshot lightweight tuners:  +$50
  • Hipshot D-tuner:  +$100