Lieber Guitars Spellcaster review

And now for a taste of the supernatural... We get hands-on with Stanley Clarke's short-scale four-string Strat-alike bass

(Image: © Lieber Guitars)

Guitar World Verdict

An extremely fun and inspiring instrument, but not without issues.


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    Amazing tones and playability in a familiar shape.


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    Build flaws incongruent with price.

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For decades, Stanley Clarke has been a pioneer of the bass guitar, in more ways than one. His virtuosity changed the way we approach the instrument, but he’s also constantly working on improving the instrument itself. 

Although he’s closely associated with Alembic, Clarke has spent the last 42 years collaborating with instrument designer Tom Lieber. The duo first teamed up in 1980 to make the Spellbinder Bass, and continued in the 2000s with the SB II, the Mando Piccolo Bass, and other unique designs.

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