Chris Wolstenholme

Signature Status Graphite Bass

Chris Wolstenholme has a unique sound and style.

He creates the huge sonic back-drop for the multi-platinum selling band MUSE


Chris Wolstenholme Signature Bass.
NOTE - The photographed bass includes custom front blue LEDs as use by Chris.
red, green, amber and white are also available

This CW bass has custom blue LEDs fitted.

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Chris originally bought his first headless Series 2 from a friend because he was so impressed with the tone. This first model was made in the early 80's.

In the last few years he has used a wide selection of Status basses both live and in the studio. These include a couple of headed S2-Classics, a GP-Artist and a KingBass Mk-II.

We then developed a new CW Signature model which retains most of the classic Status features but has been tailored to Chris' personal playing style.

1 : The bridge pickups has been moved away from the bridge by 20mm to make the right-hand string tension slightly lower.

2 : The neck pickup has also been moved towards the fingerboard by 10mm which makes the tone a little warmer.

3 : Volume / pickup balance and bass / treble controls have been reversed when compared to a standard Status bass. This has no effect on the way the controls operate, it's just a personal preference Chris has.

4 : A new midrange control has been fitted : this has individual controls for both mid frequency and mid cut / boost. This allows you to pin-point the exact midrange frequency then adjust exactly how much is to be boosted or cut. This midrange control can be pre-set and there is an on/off switch to by-pass it completely.

5 : Chris also specified front LEDs as a custom option. His main bass currently has blue LEDs but red, green and white are also available.

6 : Black hardware is standard on Chris' basses but gold and chrome are also available.

7 : Individual mono-rail bridge units are fitted as standard.

8 : Regular 34" (864mm) scale with 24 frets.

9 : Bridge string spacing = 19.0mm (0.75"). Top-nut width = 42.5mm (1.65")

10 : LEDs are a custom option. (Red, blue, green, white or amber).


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The bass features Status soap-bar pickups and a custom EQ which has been fine-tuned to deliver Chris' huge sound.

A master volume works at all times in conjunction with the pickup blend and treble / bass controls.

The midrange frequency and degree of cut / boost can be pre-set ready to be switched in at any time.

18 volts are used to power the circuit and ensure plenty of headroom.
A side jack socket and black hardware are fitted as standard.

The CW Signature bass is available as a 4 or 5 string.

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NOTE - The photographed bass includes custom front blue LEDs as use by Chris.

The bass features a woven graphite through-neck set into an alder body with a graphite shell on the front and back faces.
This provides a rigid and stable structure to mount the mono-rail bridge units.
A phenolic fingerboard and 2-way adjustable truss-rod are fitted to the graphite moulded neck.
This allows you to set the bass up exactly to suit you preferred playing style.

(The photographed bass includes custom front blue LEDs as use by Chris)


(Click on the image above for more photographs of Reading and other MUSE tours)

Chris Wolstenholme now uses SEVEN Status Basses including
a new graphite prototype and a Super-Vintage GP.

Chris Wolstenholme Signature Bass
Early 80's Headless Series-2
KingBass Mk II
S2-Classic Walnut
S2-Classic "Graphite"
S2-Classic "Graphite" prototype
Super-Vintage GP