Stanley Clarke’s New Signature Bass is Literally a Giant Stratocaster

Alright, we need to talk about this new Stanley Clarke bass. Or at least I need to talk through my very mixed emotions about this new Stanley Clarke bass.


Clarke and Oneonta Guitar have just introduced their new collaboration called the Spellcaster and it’s… a giant Fender Stratocaster but a bass? The Spellcaster has all the hallmarks of the classic Stratocaster – from the pickup configuration and pickup selector, to the three knobs and the *checks notes* whammy bar – but it’s a bass. A giant bass Stratocaster called the Spellcaster.

I think I love it? I’m also slightly repulsed by it, but I’m pretty sure I love it.

“The most advanced evolution in electric bass,” said Oneonta Guitar of the bass. “The Spellcaster Bass incorporates features never before found in an electric bass. The Spellcaster Bass is not intended to replace your existing guitar, but instead, to give you more options as a player – to expand your arsenal. When the time comes to play that song with a bass solo, this is what you will want in your hands.”

The Spellcaster features a headstock modeled after a 1964 Strat, Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard, Alder body, Vintage Sunburst body finish, and potentially the soul of Leo Fender himself somewhere between the neck and middle pickup!

The bass retails for $1,635.00 and is available for pre-order here. Someone please buy me one.