Spector builds bass guitar dedicated to Atlantic salmon

If you're crafting a bass dedicated to a fish, there's really only one homographical choice, but master luthier Stuart Spector has defied convention by dedicating his latest instrument to the 'King of Freshwater Fish', the Atlantic salmon.

One look at the fretboard confirms the theme, where mother-of-pearl and paua abalone fretboard inlays depict a school of salmon and a lone angler casting to the fish.

The body, meanwhile, is carved from rare walnut and old-growth redwood salvaged from New York City apartment buildings.

Spector's creation has been built to raise money for Atlantic salmon conservation in the United States and Canada, and is up for auction until 9 November.

If you're angling to practise a scale or two on this beast, you can place a bid over at the Atlantic Salmon Federation.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.