The Stonefield Musical Instrument Company is a New Zealand-based musical instrument maker producing unique, handcrafted basses that use responsibly sourced, beautiful timbers, innovative electronics and a state-of-the-art tailpiece tuning system. No matter what style of music you play, Stonefield allows you to craft your own sound with the latest in electric bass.
The Tomm Stanley Tuning System
The patented Stonefield tailpiece tuner system provides better handling and ergonomics than what you get with traditional tuning machines. There’s no neck dive as the instrument has a neutral balance; you don’t need to hold the neck up to keep the bass in position, meaning greater freedom for your fretting hand. It’s also easier to string, accurately tune the instrument and more convenient to make mid-song tuning adjustments.
Revolutionary Passive Electronics
It’s not just on the outside where Stonefield’s attention to detail shows. Stonefield have created a passive electronics set up that provides you with the tonal flexibility to match any musical genre you chose.
Free yourself from battery issues and the problem of overdriving amplifiers. These passive electronics provide incredible adjustability with High, Mid and Low frequency controls so that you can get the sound you want and expect to hear. All cavities are 100% shielded for noise free performance.
Stonefields three-piece floating bridge made from jarrah, ebony or black maire provides string height adjustability, accurate intonation setting and exquisite tone.
The wooden bridge provides superior tone and removes weight and mass from the instrument. Mass is the enemy of tone; mass absorbs vibrations that would otherwise contribute to tone. Aside from some advantage in longevity and providing a counterbalance to heavy headstock tuners, there's not a single good reason to use brass on any part of a musical instrument that contacts the strings. Talk to ten builders and you'll get six or eight opinions on that, but this is Stonefields philosophy. Tomm Stanley even have this noted in the headline of one of his magazine adverts: "If Brass was Good for Tone it Would be Used on Violins." And that's the truth. What instruments are renowned for the greatest voice? Violins, violas and cellos.
Say goodbye to rust, corrosion or flaking-off of plated finishes on metal components. Stonefield basses all feature anodised aluminium, stainless steel and brass hardware.
From the smallest screw to the largest components of the Tomm Stanley™ Tuning System, we want to ensure that quality shines through. 304 stainless steel is used on all threaded items and bearings, Mil-Spec anodising is incorporated into the aluminium components and self lubricating brass ensures smooth operation of the tuner's string tensioners.
All this results in a bass that not only plays great, but will look great for many years to come.