aaron bruch's 534HS

birdseye maple over mahogany

Playing a new instrument for the first time is a funny thing – everyone has a different reaction to learning how a particular instrument feels and what it’s like to play. After all of about 10 seconds of playing his first commissioned bass (a 434SC), Aaron looked up at me and said, “Yeah, I’m gonna need another one of these.” 

This is the second instrument that Better Mousetrap Guitars produced for Aaron Bruch of Breaking Benjamin. 


preamp & pickups




  • Hook scroll, 5-string, 34″ scale, 24 frets
  • Mahogany wings with birdseye maple face
  • Maple and walnut neck
  • Santos rosewood fretboard
  • Nordstrand Big BladeMan pickups 
  • Nordstrand 3-band preamp
  • Hipshot Ultralite tuners
  • Hipshot A-Style bridge