Saber VL 4-String Fretted Bass – Transparent Red

$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. All instrument orders come with a 14 day no questions asked money back guarantee to ensure you are 100% satisfied with your purchase.

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    Chambered Swamp Ash Body

    Swamp Ash has a pronounced grain pattern that is an attractive complement to transparent finishes. Tonally, Swamp Ash provides a rich bottom end with a clear extended top end.

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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

    3 pieces of maple with opposing grain run lengthwise to create a much stronger and stiffer neck, reducing the need to make trust rod adjustments.

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    Fretted or Fretless Custom Composite Fingerboard

    Fretted or Fretless Custom Composite Basswood, heat and pressure treated with Graphite/Epoxy resin.

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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 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 adding a crisp high-end and percussive presence to your tone.


  • 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

When an instrument is ordered, it is assembled, set up, and tested at our Santa Barbara, California facility. There is a 7 – 10 business day processing period before we ship your instrument.

Shipping Policy

We provide our customers with free complementary shipping for all orders within the continental United States. For international orders as well as those shipped to Alaska and Hawaii, we use FedEx GreatRates service, which offers reduced shipping charges.

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.

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