You’d be forgiven for taking a quick glance at the pictures above and immediately thinking you’d just seen another Strat-style electric guitar – the three-tone sunburst, five-way pickup selector, three control knobs and body-mounted input jack are a dead giveaway.

Your eyes, however, would be deceiving you: this isn’t just another Stratocaster. It’s Stanley Clarke’s Spellcaster bass guitar.

Boasting an incredible like-for-like aesthetic appointment and identical control layout to a conventional Fender Stratocaster, the Spellcaster seeks to offer bassists a new option to add to their arsenal, putting big bass tones into a Strat-style package.

The model itself was teased back in 2018, with bass icon Clarke originally revealing that Fender had plans to release the eye-catching guitar. Presumably, those plans must have fallen through, given the notable absence of the Strat’s identical four-string twin in recent years.

Instead, the guitar is finally being released by Oneonta Guitar, which describes the Spellcaster bass as “the most advanced evolution in electric bass”.

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Stanley Clarke Spellcaster Bass

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Stanley Clarke Spellcaster Bass

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Stanley Clarke Spellcaster Bass

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Stanley Clarke Spellcaster Bass

In terms of specs, the 30.5” short-scale bass is composed of an alder Strat-style body, and features a maple neck, 25-fret rosewood fingerboard, Vintage Sunburst finish and three single-coil pickups. 

For added novelty, a reversed headstock and vintage Strat-style tremolo system also make the cut, with the latter featuring individual saddles for each string.

If the appearance weren’t similar enough, the guitar also comes equipped with a five-way selector switch, master volume control knob, and two tone controls for the neck and middle pickup. Further flexibility is added in the form of a mini-switch that can be used to either engage all pickups, or just the neck and bridge pickups.

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Stanley Clarke Spellcaster Bass

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Stanley Clarke Spellcaster Bass

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Stanley Clarke Spellcaster Bass

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Stanley Clarke Spellcaster Bass

In conversation with MusicRadar in 2018, the Return to Forever legend said, “I wanted to make clear with Fender that this isn’t a replacement… this is an actual addition, much like a guitar player has a Strat and maybe a Les Paul and this and that.”

“The Spellcaster Bass is not intended to replace your existing guitar, but instead give you more options as a player,” adds Oneonta. “When the time comes to play that song with a bass solo, this is what you will want in your hands.”

The Oneonta Stanley Clarke Spellcaster Bass is available now for $1,635.

Head over to Oneonta Guitar for more information.