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Reference Guides
Bass Fingerboard Tapers 
Number of Strings 
Width at Nut 
Width at 24th Fret 
Classic Signature Standard, Signature Deluxe and Brown Basses (until 2006), Series I and II basses 
4 
1.75 
2.25 
5 
2.00 
2.50 
6 
2.00 
3.125 
Comfort Epic, Orion, Excel, Essence, Rogue, Dragon Wing and Europa basses 
4 
1.625 
2.35 
5 
1.875 
2.93 
6 
2.20 
3.56 
Slender Signature Standard, Signature Deluxe and Brown Basses (since 2006) 
4 
1.5 
2.15 
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Following table for neck lamination patterns on basses.
MODEL 
4STRING 
5STRING 
6STRING 
Epic and Orion 
3 maple with 2 walnut veneers 
5 maple with 4 walnut veneers 
5 maple with 4 walnut veneers 
Essence 
3 maple with 2 walnut veneers 
5 maple with 4 walnut veneers 
5 maple with 4 walnut veneers 
Spoiler 
3 maple with 2 walnut veneers 
5 maple with 4 walnut veneers 
5 maple with 4 walnut veneers 
Rogue 
3 maple with 2 walnut veneers 
5 maple with 4 walnut veneers 
5 maple with 4 walnut veneers 
Elan 
3 maple with 2 walnut veneers 
5 maple with 4 walnut veneers 
5 maple with 4 walnut veneers 
Signature Deluxe 
3 maple with 2 walnut veneers 
5 maple with 4 walnut veneers 
5 maple with 4 walnut veneers 
Europa 
3 maple with 2 purpleheart laminates 
4 maple with 3 purpleheart laminates 
6 maple with 5 purpleheart laminates 
Distillate 
3 maple with 2 purpleheart laminates 
4 maple with 3 purpleheart laminates 
6 maple with 5 purpleheart laminates 
Signature Deluxe 
3 maple with 2 purpleheart laminates 
4 maple with 3 purpleheart laminates 
6 maple with 5 purpleheart laminates 
Series I 
3 maple with 2 purpleheart laminates 
4 maple with 3 purpleheart laminates 
6 maple with 5 purpleheart laminates 
Series II 
4 maple with 3 purpleheart laminates 
4 maple with 3 purpleheart laminates 
6 maple with 5 purpleheart laminates 
Following table for body lamination patterns on basses. Top laminate can be changed from standard listed.
MODEL 
TOP 
ACCENT 
BODY 
BACK 
Epic, Orion 
walnut 
maple veneer 
mahogany 
no 
Essence 
flame maple 
walnut veneer 
mahogany 
no 
Spoiler 
bocate 
maple accent laminate 
mahogany 
no 
Rogue 
vermilion 
maple accent laminate 
mahogany 
no 
Elan 
flame maple 
walnut veneer 
maple 
no 
Signature Standard 
walnut 
maple accent laminate 
mahogany 
no 
Europa 
rosewood 
maple and purpleheart veneers 
mahogany 
no 
Signature Deluxe  Clarke 
rosewood 
maple accent laminate 
mahogany 
yes 
Signature Deluxe  King 
coco bolo 
maple accent laminate 
mahogany 
yes 
Series I 
walnut 
maple accent laminate 
mahogany 
yes 
Series II 
bird'seye maple 
walnut accent laminate 
mahogany with maple center veneer 
yes 
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Because body lamination woods are chosen for maximum contrast by default, this
is only a general guide. If you have a specific accent veneer/laminate, please
specify at the time of order.
The following table is for mahogany bodies. Other body woods may affect accent wood.
TOP 
ACCENT 
Bird'seye Maple 
Purpleheart 
Bocate 
Purpleheart 
Bubinga 
Maple 
Burl Maple 
Purpleheart 
Burl Walnut 
Maple 
Coco Bolo 
Maple 
Flame Koa 
Maple 
Flame Maple 
Purpleheart 
Flame Walnut 
Maple 
Lacewood 
Maple 
Macassar Ebony 
Maple 
Quilted Maple 
Purpleheart 
Rosewood 
Maple 
Tulipwood 
Purpleheart 
Vermilion 
Maple 
Wenge 
Maple 
Zebrawood 
Purpleheart 
Ziricote 
Maple 
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The first two dgits of the serial number are the year the instrument was completed. The code letter
tells you the model. The next group of numbers must be from two to five digits and is the number of the
instrument. Thus 94H8692 is an Elan bass completed in 1994 and is the 8692nd instrument was made. We
started with number 1 in 1972 and when an instrument is finished, it received the next number, regardless
of model. Any "A" or "B" after number is on the rare occassion that we duplicate a number. Hey, even we
make mistakes.
MODEL 
CODE 
CURRENT 
OFFERED IN 
20th Anniversary 
AM 
no 
1989 
Brown Bass 
BB 
yes 
1998  
Custom 
C 
yes 
1971  
Distillate 
D 
no 
1978  1990 
Elan 
H 
no 
1985  1997 
Electrum 
E 
no 
1978  1985 
Epic 
W 
yes 
1994  
Essence 
K 
yes 
1991  
Europa 
U 
yes 
1986  
Excel 
X 
yes 
1998  
Further 
F 
yes 
2002  
Little Darling 
J or JL 
yes 
2004  
Mark King Deluxe 
MK 
yes 
1989  
Mark King Standard 
MJ 
yes 
1990  
Orion Bass 
OW 
yes 
1996  
Orion guitar 
O 
yes 
1997  
Persuader 
P or V or F 
no 
1983  1991 
Rogue 
Q 
yes 
1996  
Series I 
blank 
yes 
1971  
Series II 
blank 
yes 
1971  
Skylark 
L 
yes 
2002  
Spectrum 
BG or M 
yes 
1992  
Spoiler 
S 
yes 
1980  
Spoiler3/4 body 
R 
yes 
1986  
Stanley Clarke Deluxe 
SC 
yes 
1986  
Stanley Clarke Standard 
SJ 
yes 
1990  
Tribute 
T 
yes 
2001  
Alembic Export General 
AE 
no 
1972  1976 all Series 
Alembic Export Canada 
AC 
no 
1972  1976 all Series 
Where to find serial number:
 on new instruments  stamped on the truss rod cover and in the electronics cavity.
 on Epics and Orions  stamped in the back of the peghead and in the electronics cavity. Note: oldest Epics have the serial number in the electronics cavity only
 on older isntruments  stampled directly on the ebony fingerboard below the 24th fret.
 on the oldest instruments  stamped on the top of the peghead.
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American Woods
COMMON NAME 
LATIN NAME 
FAMILY 
OTHER NAMES 
Maple 
Acer macrophyllum 
Aceraceae 
 
Rock maple 
Acer saccharum 
Aceraceae 
hard maple, white maple 
Walnut 
Juglans hindsii 
Juglancaceae 
California walnut, claro walnut 
Madrone 
Arbutus menziessi 
Ericaceae 
 
Sycamore 
Acer pseudoplatanus 
Aceraceae 
 
Maple 
Acer macrophyllum 
Aceraceae 
 
South and Central American Woods
COMMON NAME 
LATIN NAME 
FAMILY 
OTHER NAMES 
Bocate 
Cordia spp. 
 
Mexican rosewood 
Coco Bolo 
Dalbergia retusa 
Leguminosae 
granadillo 
Mahogany 
Swietinia macrophylla 
Meliaceae 
 
Purpleheart 
Peltogne spp. 
Leguminosae 
amaranth, violetwood, morado, saka, koroboreli, tananeo, pau roxo 
Tulipwood 
Dalbergia fructescens 
Leguminosae 
jacaranda rosa, pinkwood, pau rosa 
African Woods
COMMON NAME 
LATIN NAME 
FAMILY 
OTHER NAMES 
Bubinga 
Guibouria demusi 
Leguminosae 
African rosewood 
Ebony 
Diospryus crassiflora 
Ebenaceae 
Gabon ebony 
Wenge 
Millettia laurentii 
Leguminosae 
panga panga 
Zebrawood 
Microberlinia brazzavillensis 
Leguminosae 
zebrano, zingana, allene, ele, amouk 
Indian Woods
COMMON NAME 
LATIN NAME 
FAMILY 
OTHER NAMES 
Ebony 
Diospryus ebenum 
Ebenaceae 
 
Macassar ebony 
Diospryus celebica 
Ebenaceae 
striped ebony 
Rosewood 
Dalbergia latifoloa 
Leguminosae 
Bombay rosewood, sissoo, biti, ervadi, kalaruk 
Vermilion 
Pterocarpu dalbergoides 
Leguminosae 
padauk, Andaman rosewood 
Pacific Rim Woods
COMMON NAME 
LATIN NAME 
FAMILY 
OTHER NAMES 
Lacewood 
Carwellia sublimis 
Protaceae 
Australian silky oak 
Koa 
Acacia koa 
 
 
