The quest to cut down from 18 basses to just 2 continues.
Next up. I've got bass that I bought in a small music shop in Montreal back in 1995. It was built by a guy named Mike Ostrzenski using pretty exotic woods:
- Neck: wenge and purpleheart multi-laminate
- Board: wenge
- Body: walnut
- Top: zebrano with ebony inlay
The "pickguard" is actually a disc of ebony inlaid flush into the top. The whole thing is satin finished in tung oil. Pickups are Bartolini J-J
with passive vol/vol/tone controls. Bridge is a Schaller
recessed into the top and scalloped at the tail end. Tuners are Hipshot Ultralights
(thanks, Sheldon Dingwall!)
The fretwork and setup were done by La Lutherie MF
of Montreal. It has a very low action and plays like a dream. Very thin, light, and well-balanced sitting or standing. The tone is even and "piano-like" across all 5 strings. I would call it a "full spectrum" tone: strong fundamental without the barking/honky mids you'd generally associate with a wenge neck. Thunderous low-B.
Bridge, recessed and scalloped: