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New Ritter Singlecut: The best looking since the Emperor II

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Marlat, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    The new Ritter R8 Singlecut is at NAMM. I think its one of the best looking I've seen in years!




    :eek: :hyper:
  2. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    Now this is sick!

    I think they look as out-there as most of Jens' stuff, and it's not quite the style for me. But Jens is one of the top guys in the business, and it's always fun seeing what he comes up with!
  3. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    not sure i get the single cut bolt on connection. what does the single cut do oter than just looks???
  4. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    I like single cuts and Ritters, but that's not my favorite single cut shape or my favorite Ritter shape. The lower horn doesn't do it for me.

    My basses are all single cut bolt ons (if you click on my profile, you'll see four). I like the simplicity/feel of a bolt on and the look of singlecuts...it might be more solid in that the neck is more connected than on a double cut, but I don't really know.
  5. pbasswil


    Feb 17, 2008
    The swoopy curves make me think of a streamlined Bugatti from the '30s.
    It's very elegant and sophisticated. But not the look I'm after (for my gigs -- pop/rock/40s & 50s novelty repertoire).

    I appreciate it though, and am glad there are niche designs like this -- it keeps the bass business fresh and vigorous.
  6. chris lykins

    chris lykins Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2004
    phoenix az
    Reminds me of Benavente SCD design
  7. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    +1. I'm not generally a fan of singlecuts, but that is hot! My tastes are pretty old-school, but I really enjoy Jens' artistry.
  8. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    Pete Skjold does his single cuts that way also. Makes total sense to me. The single cut thing is mostly aesthetic, but it does allow you to have a higher mass body (i.e., more wood) without making the body any bigger.

    Attaching/fixing one side of the neck in a neck through version doesn't seem to be a big problem, but nevertheless makes little sense to me, and can make neck adjustment a bit wonky. Fixing one side and letting the other move seems like not the best design.

    Nice looking bass. I dig Pete Skjolds 'Whalebacks' also.
  9. phishaholik

    phishaholik Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    That's the first thing I thought too.

  10. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
  11. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Similar, but not really the same thing. The first "recurve" style singlecut that I recall was the Fodera Imperial (perhaps where Benevente got his inspiration):



  12. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass - the final frontier! Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    An interesting neck to body join here - lots of wood connection and of course all those screws:

  13. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Yeah the design is very Jens. I dig it a lot!
  14. Oh, wow. As if I needed any more reasons to lust after Jens' work.
  15. JMimbs


    Jan 5, 2012
    Central Florida
    I love the Ritter designs in general, but I'm not as crazy about this one. I think it will look better with 5+ strings on it though; something about the proportions. Six strings would most likely balance out the body nicely.
  16. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Interesting looking bass...
    Reversed Lefay "Capone" head, marleaux "M-bass" upper bout and Tung bass lower bout.
    Overall it's not far off the ramirez KSC design either.
    The -round at the sides-pickups look like the older lefay ones used to.
    ...really well done.
    All that at Ritter prices I'm sure.

    Excellent! :hyper::D:hyper:

    Good luck to him with this.
  17. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Yeah, the LeFay was what sprung to mind as the possible inspiration for this. There a similar sort of aesthetic vibe to Ritters and LeFays.
  18. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    I'd love a Ritter, but W&T makes a far better looking SC in my opinion.
  19. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    That is a sweet bass!

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