Saber VL 4-String Fretless Bass – Transparent Black

$1,699.00 $1,599.00

The Saber VL with the our exclusive, patented LightWave Analog Optical Pickup System features a Swamp Ash body with resonant chambers to enhance the tone, as vibration is key to coaxing the most sound from the wood. The VL includes a beautiful Flamed Maple top, black basswood composite fingerboards and comes in a variety of stunning, transparent finishes. If you’re considering a fretless bass, the VL is renowned for its highly convincing upright bass tone and immediate response. The Fretless model comes with a slash sound hole.

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    Chambered Swamp Ash Body

    Slightly brownish in its natural, dried state, with a varied wood grain, mahogany is a highly praised tone wood for acoustic and electric instruments, alike.

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    AAA Flame Maple top

    Available in Transparent Natural, Transparent Amber, Transparent Red, and Transparent Black Finishes

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    Three-piece Rock Maple neck
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    Fretted or Fretless Custom Composite Fingerboard

    4 or 5-string options

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    LightWave System2 Analog Optical Pickup System

    The optical pickup system uses infrared light to sense string vibration, and features a totally separate transducer for each string, with no electrical or mechanical crosstalk between them.

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    iceTone™ Optical & Piezo Blend

    LightWave Systems’ exclusive circuit, which allows users to blend the LightWave Optical Pickup with tailored piezo transducers built into each string saddle. The result is a smooth, natural high-frequency enhancement ranging from crisp high-end to percussive presence.


  • Body Wood:  Chambered Swamp Ash
  • Top Wood: AAA Flame Maple
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane


  • Number of Strings: 4 or 5
  • Scale Length: 34″
  • Number of Frets: 24
  • Attachment: Bolt-On (5 Bolt)
  • Neck Wood: 3-Piece Rock Maple
  • Neck Finish: Satin Polyurethane
  • Fingerboard: Fretted or Fretless Custom Composite Basswood, heat and pressure treated with Graphite/Epoxy resin.
  • Fretboard Radius: 14″
  • Neck Shape: Low-Profile ‘C’ Neck Carve
  • Inlays: Mother-of-Pearl Dots

Hardware and Electronics

  • Pickups: LightWave Analog Optical Pickup
  • Bridge: Custom GraphTech Monolithic Bridges with iceTone™ Saddle
  • PreAmp: LightWave Designed Active PreAmp
  • Controls:
    • Master Volume
    • Bass Boost and Cut
    • Mids Boost and Cut
    • Mid Sweep
    • iceTone™ Blend
    • Warm | Cool Toggle Switch
  • Power: Rechargeable NiMH Internal Battery – 16 Hours playing time with 1-hour recharge
  • Accessories:
    • ProTec Deluxe Gig Bag
    • User Manual
    • Charger
    • Tool Kit

Every Saber Bass purchase comes with a Protec Padded Gig Bag, Tabletop International Charger, Tools, & Manual.

Production Time

Willcox Guitars instruments are designed, engineered, and prototyped here at our Santa Barbara, California facility. The necks and bodies are made by our manufacturing partners, SPG Musical Instruments, in South Korea. SPG was originally the Custom Shop of Samick. The electronics are made here in California. The molded bridge and hardware parts are done to our specs by GraphTech Guitar Labs of BC, Canada.

All of the parts and assemblies are inventoried here in California. When an instrument is ordered, it is assembled, set up, tested, and burned in here in our factory. This process takes about 7 – 10 business days before we ship your instrument, and our QC is applied to every step in the process.

Shipping Policy

All instrument orders shipped to the continental United States have complimentary shipping, no charge. All orders shipped to Alaska, Hawaii and all International orders are shipped using FedEx GreatRates service, in which shipping charges are far less than regular shipping rates, but vary greatly depending on date of shipment, destination, and space availability.

If you are shipping to an international address, you will be contacted within 48 hours of purchasing a complete instrument from Willcox Guitars regarding an additional shipping fee (estimated fees are anywhere between $70 -$375) that you will be required to pay before the instrument ships out.

This amount may be paid with the same method of payment used to purchase the instrument and will require your verification. Please contact us if you’d like to arrange shipping with your own courier services.

If you would like a shipping estimate, please contact us by email and include the instrument you are interested in, and your city, country, and postal code.

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