Rocking The World Since 1976
In the beginning three guys (a luthier, a pattern maker, and a businessman) outside of Chicago decided to take on the big guys. They designed instruments, started a workshop, and built a company. SD Curlee basses have been seen on stages of all sizes since, and even on MTV in its early years. They rock, they roll, and they're absolute funk machines.
Years back amazing circumstances found the remains of the company in the hands of S.D. Curlee fan, collector & enthusiast Scott Beckwith - also the designer/luthier behind Birdsong Guitars. We then applied all we know about crafting high-end short scale basses to the classic 1970s SD Curlee design, along with the far superior parts & hardware available to us today. It couldn't be in better hands.
So what did we do? Bassically, design out problem areas of the originals and refine them with boutique-level craftsmanship... while keeping the vintage S.D. Curlee family natural look, vibe & classic, punchy tone. And every one is still USA workshop built, which means something to us... we didn't go the "Import re-issue with our name on it" route that could have been SO easy.
Instead of a re-issue, we re-vised. Headstock angle, string pull, hardware, 2-way truss rod with easy access, much stronger 3-pc. neck with thick fretboard, full shielding, attention to detail, weight, playability, stability, balance, QC. Then we top it all off with our hand-rubbed oil finish. If you want a heavy, crude 40 year old original - we get it, we love them too. We're proud of the legacy. But we're even more proud to be offering you the best made, best playing & sounding basses we've ever made - and there aren't a lot of companies that can say that. Thank you for your continued interest in S.D. Curlee USA!
'70s Street Machines with STRINGS!
Standard "76" Today's version of the original SD Curlee bass with the "brick" pickup! Maple neck, mahogany (shown) or walnut body. Same strong but articulate DiMarzio Model One humbucker, available in aluminum with chrome hardware (shown) or black with black hardware.
Standard "78" The classic Standard model with the cream Dimarzio Model P. Maple neck with mahogany or walnut body. (Shown is special walnut butcher block). Chrome or gold hardware.
Tuners: Gotoh sealed
Bridge: Hipshot Vintage top-load
$1500 w/thick padded gig bag, shipped!
Black hardware & pickup on Standard 76 $50
Gold hardware on Standard 78 $100
Plush lined hardshell case $100
International shipping $Inquire
Yankee II After the response to the new Standards, we'll be crafting a modern version of the late '70s Yankee model.
A Photoshop rendition (right) based off of the old ad shows the upgrades. Upper & lower horns slightly reworked for balance & the upper fret access the Standard model (or old Yankee) can't offer, pickups (CREAM DiMarzios, same models as the '70s basses) reconfigured to thicken the tone of the thin strings in the bridge position where it's needed and give better slap/funk finger access up by the neck, revised controls & series/parallel switching, and a center block in the 7-pc. body to give a look similar to the old SD Curlees with the long tenon neck (a design we changed from when we went to 31" scale from 32"). Also on the Yankee will be full Hipshot hardware - style A bridge and clover-button ultralight tuners - and the cool, oh-so-’70s “German carve” edge. Overall a much more high performance instrument.
YANKEE II EQUIPMENT:
Tuners: Hipshot Ultralight with cloverleaf buttons
Bridge: Hipshot Style A, through body
Pickups: Cream DiMarzio
$2400 w/very nice, thick padded gig bag - shipped!
Maple center block and stringers with walnut (shown) or mahogany
Other woods such as zebrawood, mesquite, korina, etc. $Inquire
Black ($50) or gold ($100) hardware
Thick bag or plush lined hardshell case included (your choice)
International shipping $Inquire
SPECS ON THE MODERN S.D. CURLEE BASSES:
Today's SD Curlees are a little different but a lot better in ergonomics, build quality, and neck stability. They weigh less, balance more, and are made with boutique attention to detail. Yes, they will still most definitely shake the walls or throw down the funk through a good amp!
31" scale 3-pc. maple neck with thick board
24 frets plus zero fret for low action & consistent tone
Heavy duty 2-way truss rod with easy access
Same select mahogany or walnut body
Same vintage pickups:
DiMarzio Model One (The "brick", though we can't get it in brass - aluminum or black only)
DiMarzio Model P (High output P-style in our own arrangement for better tonal balance)
*** SD Curlees with P pickups come with CREAM pickups ***
All electronics are passive, fully shielded & star grounded.
Overall weight averages in the 8 pound range ready to rock.
HAND LUTHIER BUILT BY BIG S.D. CURLEE FANS CARRYING ON THE LEGACY!
For the whole story & vintage instrument info check out the SD CURLEE INFO PAGE.
For you car people, the machines pictured:
"Sarge" the 1974 Plymouth Roadrunner street machine
"American Beauty" is a 1960 Pontiac Catalina sedan
"Wild Blue" 1983 Ford custom '70s style van
SD Curlee USA
c/o Wingfeather Enterprises
PO Box 1745
Wimberley, TX USA