The Official Kudela Custom Bass Club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ivlucas, Oct 8, 2008.


  1. ivlucas

    ivlucas Supporting Member

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    After 2 years, I finally got one. I have owned every bass from, Smiths, MTDs, Tobias, Alembic, Zon,....ect.... I must say this bass is my favorite out of everybass I have owned and deserves a club. As Club member #1
    My bass is the 6 string single cut design serial #001
    Walnut/Maple/Purpleheart/Bubinga body
    Macassar Ebony Fretboard
    Swamp Ash Body Wings
    Bigleaf Maple Burl Top
    Bartolini pickups with 5.4 circuit
    Hipshot hardware
    Scale 34"
    18mm 3/4 String spacing
    Sodalite Stone Kudela inlay


    TONE!!!!!!!! The closest comparision I have is my old MTD 635 but this bass is extremely more articulate yet organic by that I mean, its not a Modulus or Zon articulate but rather tone derived from the woods used. Although I sold 2 Ken Smith basses to purchase this bass I have not regretted it one moment.

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  2. climb

    climb

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    Congratulations--you're making me extremely curious about this bass. What's so great about it in particular? If you have the chance to post some more photos and/or soundclips, that would be awesome.

    Enjoy; it's a beautiful bass!
     
  3. slofut

    slofut

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    This is my custom 11:28 fretless 4. I've had an early toby custom 6 built in MT's home shop, Ricks, Fenders, played a quite a few steinbergers, alembics, and a pedulla, and still have an 82? K/Spector since new (it's killer). They all pale in comparison to my Kudela. Never thought I'd give up my NS2 but I've barely picked it up since I got the Kudela a year ago. It's like I've never been without it.

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    I fixed the picture link for you, cause I really wanted to see this. Beautiful!

    -Mark Wilson
     
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  4. lo-freq

    lo-freq

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    Thread bump -- I'd sure love to play and hear one of these.

    I like the style/design of the regular 11:28 (as well as the SC).
     
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  6. ivlucas

    ivlucas Supporting Member

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    Lo-freq....Once you play one, you have to have one so be careful trying it out, you may just pull the trigger and get one.
     
  7. climb

    climb

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    anybody got sound clips? Particularly interested in hearing that coated fretless!

    Sweet looking instruments...
     
  8. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Link, since it was woefully missing in previous posts ;) :
    http://www.kudelabass.com/

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    They aren't my cup of tea looks-wise, but if they play that fantastically then I'll keep an open mind and hope to try one out sometime.
     
  9. ivlucas

    ivlucas Supporting Member

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    Great news...... A bolt on line is on the way.
     
  10. lo-freq

    lo-freq

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    Cool!

    As to the post above regarding the looks, maybe IV could post of pick of himself holding or playing the bass.

    We're so used to the generic form factors of most basses, but often seeing one being played one realizes that it looks just fine or maybe even more attractive that originally thought.
     
  11. ivlucas

    ivlucas Supporting Member

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    pic from church
     

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  12. lo-freq

    lo-freq

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    Cool -- thanks!

    Yeah, I'm liking that SC better the more I look at it.
     
  13. ivlucas

    ivlucas Supporting Member

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    Go for it, I believe Jim at Atlanta Bass Gallery has a couple forsale as we speak
     
  14. climb

    climb

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    just picked up an 11:28 fretless 4; beautiful bass!

    I was expecting this bass to be great based on comments here, but it's actually better than I was hoping for. Great tone, playability and looks.
     
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  15. lo-freq

    lo-freq

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    We need pix!

    ...please... :)
     
  16. climb

    climb

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    Ok, I've spent some more time with my 11:28 fretless 4 and here are my thoughts.

    The craftsmanship is really fantastic. Some things I particularly appreciate--the curved/beveled edge of the fingerboard near the neck pickup. Really elegant looking. The fingerboard itself is a thick slab of gaboon ebony, and it feels great under the fingers. Looks awesome as well. I also appreciate the body contour on the backside of the bass, which is also beveled inwards, creating a really striking, comfortable effect. I would say that the bass is aesthetically quite beautiful. The body shape of the 11:28 is sleek and streamlined; it's a work of art that turns heads immediately. (It doesn't hurt that it has a neck of walnut/maple/purpleheart, and walnut core with padauk facings!) If I had to criticize the bass at all, it would be on really silly things only--I wish the headstock were slightly larger (aesthetically, not in terms of balance) and I'm not crazy about the 'K' logo design.

    As ivlucas writes, my Kudela has just awesome tone. Really needs no EQ or effects of any kind. With everything set perfectly flat (amp as well), the tone is pure fretless mwah. Very expressive; really sings. I have roundwounds on it, which emphasize the expressive nature of this instrument. I have played/owned many of the great fretless basses, as my profile shows. I got rid of all of them once I had my Fodera Imperial fretless 5. This Kudela rivals or beats all of them, and it made me have the crazy thought of selling my Fodera (until I realized that I should have both a 4 and 5 fretless...) Although Kudela basses are not well-known, I believe it's a matter of time, as this one is just too good. When I do mess with the EQ, it's natural/musical throughout the entire range. Nothing unusable or unnecessary here. The Bartolinis are a great match for the bass, which sounds organic, woody and plaintive.

    Lastly, I've spent some time speaking to Steve on the phone, and he's as sincere, straightforward a guy as you could hope for. I have no doubt that he would do whatever possible to make the bass of your dreams, and I for one hope to spread the word on how great these basses are.
     
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  17. ivlucas

    ivlucas Supporting Member

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    Any more Kudelas out there???
     
  18. ivlucas

    ivlucas Supporting Member

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    Considering another........hmmmmm
     
  19. climb

    climb

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  20. ivlucas

    ivlucas Supporting Member

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    Someone better grab that Kudela off the evilbay!!!
     
  21. ivlucas

    ivlucas Supporting Member

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    Hey guys, I saw some of the Bolt on models over the holidays, cant wait till they are completed.
     

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