Mariah 060614

 

This is a special order bass for returning customer Dave K.  Dave asked me to build a 4 string bass that was inspired by a custom bass he had seen.  He wanted me to make the scale 33 inch scale neck out of Wenge with a 22 fret Wenge fret board.  Dave specified vintage size EVO fret wire and a zero fret on this bass.   The Redwood topped Peghead is reminiscent of another bass that he liked the design of.  We tried a newer style deep inset bolt on neck that allows for better reach to the highest frets without the body getting in the way.   We added glow in the dark side dot markers for low light stages.

The body is crafted out of light weight Ash for the back and figured Redwood for the top.  There is an accent line of Walnut like many of my designs have.  Dave personally laid out the pickup and control design.

Dave selected Reed James pickups for this bass as well as a Pope Flexcore preamp.  The preamp and pickups sound great together and have a nice warm growl to the tone.  The preamp is so versatile that you can bring up almost any tone from Slap style Funk to Rock and or Roll.  The dual battery compartment and electronics cavity are covered with Wenge covers attached by magnets.  By pressing down in a certain spot, the cover pivots and can be removed.  This is to facilitate battery changes and to allow access to the mid control switches that  change the mid range curve of the EQ section.

The hardware is Hipshot brand Ultra-lite tuners and Brass B style bridge.  Dunlop straplocks, and what I call Gucci knobs round out the equipment.

 

This bass is an amazing player and she only weighs 8 pounds.