Manton Customs Paradigm


This is the Paradigm bass, setting a new standard for a classic model. Based on the traditional lines of a Precision bass, though slightly altered for better balance and comfort.

The bass pictured above features a 32” scale and the 1 piece Alder body has also been scaled down accordingly. This keeps things in proportion and reduces weight. Although the shape is very similar to the classic Precision, the top horn has been slightly elongated to improve balance. The heel is sculpted to allow easy upper fret access and is fitted with 6 ferrules to create a very rigid neck, removing the need for the neck pate usually found on basses of this type.

In place of the standard one piece neck, here we have a 3 piece neck of Maple and Walnut to both help with stability and help eliminate deadspots.

A Lindy Fralin pickup ensures the bass sounds monstrous with the classic P-bass sound we all know and love.

It is finished in a Satin Blackburst finish, which feels silky smooth and gives the bass a tough look….like it really means business!

Please remember, any of our models can be specified with a different number of strings, scale length, frets, pickups or anything else for that matter! Also we offer the option for you to design your very own unique guitar or bass with your own body shape and specifications.

Features Overview

32" Scale

20 Fret

AAA grade Rosewood Fingerboard

Tusq Nut

3 pc Maple/Walnut Neck

1 Piece Alder Body

Gotoh 203 Bridge

Gotoh Tuners

Custom Control Plate

Dunlop Straplocks

Passive with CTS pots

Lindy Fralin (S.W) Pickup

Blackburst Satin Finish

Colour Matched Headstock

Light Neck Tint



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Testimonial from Stephen in West Yorkshire

The bass has arrived...  and it's fantastic!

Perfect build, perfect sound, perfect set up.  I love it!

It's the first bass I've had that sounds great without any EQ, although it does respond incredibly well to a very slight touch of EQ as well.  An action as comfortable as this hasn't been possible on other basses I've had (fret buzz/rattle).  It balances really well on a good strap and it's so light and resonant.  I'm glad we went with the standard Lindy Fralin pickups.  The whole instrument is absolutely flawless.

I wish I'd done this ages ago, instead of wasting money on the s**t that other companies often throw out the factory door!  It was well worth the wait.