That's it, but in a sparkle silver bust and a black guard. (fixed the links in the first post)
It is my new #1 and it just scratches every itch I have!
Michael Stevens is just a genious with a keen eye for both function and form. The bass hangs perfectly from a strap - most well balanced bass I've had the pleasure to play. The B string is the best I've heard on a passive bass. The neck is supper comfy and the controls are simple and quite effective. The only thing I wish it had was a notch for the mid point on the tone control, but the screw is postioned upright at the half-way mark, so it does have a visual cue.
Even the string tree is a cool machined block mini-structure. The fit and finish are beyond reproach. And the sparkle silver burst really floats my boat! It's funny, because Michael Stevens wasn't too keen on the idea when we first started cooking this one up, but even he was really pleased with how it turned out.
As for the tones - my TBL200 and 6x10 Berg never sounded so good! It is so easy to dial in a solid and convincing P-bass tone, and it has everything I wanted from a J-style and then some. I think that the angling of the neck pup really does help create a more even string-to-string balance and I like how it does slightly brighten up the low strings while slightly beefing up the high ones.
I know that this is a honeymoon review, but I have a very strong feeling that I will only gush about it more 1 year from now!
If you are looking for a great bass that is just a bit left of center in terms of appearance, make sure to keep Stevens on your radar screen. He doesn't get much attention here on TB, but he really is one of the best!
Lakland Owner's Group #179
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Last edited by Thor2 : 03-25-2011 at 11:02 AM.