New Gear Review: Aristides Instruments 050 Bass Guitar

Aristides1Newest in the Aristides line of guitars and basses made from Arium is the 050 Bass. The 050 uses an exoskeleton design made with a 34-inch scale neck, a 12-inch radius fret board, C-shaped neck and 1.85-inch GraphTech nut. The 050 weighs in at 9.26-pounds and comes with an active/passive electronic system with Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder pickups, two-band active tone control and two push/pull volume controls.

Hardware is available in chrome, black or gold finishes and includes an ABM aluminum bridge, Hipshot Ultra-Light machine heads and Schaller strap locks. Each guitar is set up with D’Addario Nickel Wound XL .045 - .130 strings plus an anti-theft security microchip. Available in aluminum, matte black, and blue metallic finishes, the bass ships with an Aristides logo leather strap in a Gator GC Bass case.

The Aristides sells for $3,683 MSRP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. http://barryrudolph.com