PRODUCED: 1983 - Current
TYPE: Solid body, double cutaway, 5-string
BODY: Walnut core with flame maple top & back
NECK: Graphite reinforced maple, neck through body, 21 frets plus zero fret
SCALE LENGTH: 864mm (34-inch)
FINGERBOARD: Phenowood (Phenolic Resin), no inlays
HARDWARE: Brass black anodised offset bridge, black sealed gear tuners
PICKUPS: Pair of Vigier active Soapbars
CONTROLS: Volume, Pan, Mid Range Sweep, Passive Tone plus 3-way switch
FEATURES: Minimalist body, Graphite Nut, matching headstock
FINISHES: Translucent Cherry (as here) plus 12 other standard colours, Natural and 10 Custom Colours all in matt or gloss
COMMENTS: Vigier basses are always well built and each model is usually offered in many different finishes and available in 4-string, 5-string and fretless versions (with Delta metal fingerboard) as well as standard and custom models.
This Passion III from 1996 is no exception, with a through-neck construction that features a pair of graphite reinforcing strips that pass right into the body. The offset bridge design makes for very precise tuning and a low action. The sound is full and warm but with the ability to bite and growl thanks to the sensitive circuitry.
The compact asymmetrical body is light and comfortable to play, particularly for a 5-string, making the Passion a must-play bass that remains in production today.