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What's a "High 5" bass?
A Hy5 (short for "Hybrid 5") is a mix of a short scale and a 5-string. Won't work, you say? Well, we've been doing it since 2007, based on the things that make the legendary Birdsong 4-string short scales sound so good and feel so right... the B string has to be heard (and felt) to be believed. Our shorter, lighter, better balanced, 31" scale 5 string sounds like a 34 but plays much easier!

Words from actual players who own our 5s...   
 The light weight and extreme playability combined with rich sound make it an amazing instrument. 
 I'm really surprised at the low end that comes out of this little bass.
Compared to Alembic, Vintage 50's and 60's Fenders P and Jazz, MTD this bass keeps up and surpasses in many areas.
Sounds incredible and is built like a tank!

How is this possible?
Just like its Birdsong brethren, everything has been thought through and engineered with big bass tone, small bass playability, and boutique-level craftsmanship in mind... designed by a pro player for anyone who wants something hand built in the USA, but smaller and more comfortable. They're smaller & lighter, and our 1st fret is about where their 3rd is - less reach AND better balance. 


All Hy5s Include:

  • 31" short scale 
  • Proprietary B stringing
  • 24 frets
  • 16" radius, 16.5 mm spacing at bridge
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Position dots on side
  • USA Hipshot hardware
  • .1 or .2 models (one or two pickups)
  • Warm passive soapbars
  • Shielded & star grounded
  • Natural hand rubbed finish
  • Hardshell case included

5.1 & 5.2

Our standard 1 and 2 pickup models.

5.1 - one pickup $2300

5.2 - two pickup $2400

Workshop built in Texas, USA


Your choice of mahogany, walnut or Spanish cedar (shown) with maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. Mahogany or walnut will weigh in the 8s, Spanish cedar in the 7s. Other woods, fancy stringers & laminates, and body-wood matching headstocks available.

Chrome, black (+50) or gold (+100) hardware.

CON-US shipping is $50
International shipping available


sky5

Also available in .1 and .2, the Sky5 is based on the Birdsong Skyrider body for a cool 70's boutique look.

Sky5.1 - one pickup $2400

Sky5.2 - two pickup $2500

Workshop built in Texas, USA

Your choice of mahogany (shown), walnut or Spanish cedar with maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. Mahogany or walnut will weigh in the 8s, Spanish cedar in the 7s. Other woods, fancy stringers & laminates, and body-wood matching headstock (shown) available.

Chrome, black (+50) or gold (+100) hardware.

CON-US shipping is $50
nternational shipping available


custom5

Here's what you've been asking for. I'll draw up a Hy5, one or two pickup, but with any body shape from the Birdsong line, past or present. This gives you all the comfort and balance (and the great tones) of our special short scale 5-string design with your choice of body shape, slightly re-proportioned and tweaked to work as a 5-string.
(Shown is a Bliss)
From 3K

 

It takes some doing and some knowing and a heaping helping of quality in every layer to get BIG sound out of comfy little basses. Especially a 5... and that's our recipe.

Call anytime with questions and thanks for your interest!
Hy5 Basses & the hands at the Wingfeather Workshop in Wimberley, TX USA