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Jake Kot CH-3 prototype

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wonder, May 8, 2007.


  1. Wonder

    Wonder

    Dec 18, 2005
    Well, I've put this off for MANY MOONS (I got this beauty last July) so I guess it's about time I give it a review. This bass satisfies EVERY facet I look for in a bass!!! Playability, Tonally, Aesthetically, craftsmanship, balance...what can I say, I'm in Love!:cool: It has a Swamp Ash Body (chambered), with a Crotch Walnut top (ebony spacer). The neck is a 5 piece: Wenge, Maple, Bocate, Maple, Wenge, with a Maccasar Ebony Fretboard, Medium jumbo frets, 34" scale.
    All black hardware is Hipshot, with ultra light tuners. The headstock is Walnut and Maple with M.O.P. for logo. The controls are neck pup volume (pull up for passive), middle pup vol./bridge pup vol. (stacked) Treble boost/cut, Mid boost/cut, Bass boost/cut All with detents. Tone enhancer (which works in passive mode also) Micro switches are Bass boost, 3 position mid switch, Treble boost. The pickups where custom wrapped for Jake by Bill Bartolini and the 18v preamp is also a one of a kind installed by Bill. Whew :D

    This bass plays like a dream! Very Low action with no fret buzz. String spacing works for me and it's 1.675" @ the nut. The TONES I can get with this bass are balanced yet have Plenty of PUNCH. It is a Slap Monster and WHEN I learn to do that deftly I'll post a clip. This thing can sound like anything from a Vintage P-Bass to an Alembic. :D Jake has some AMAZING basses and this one can do it ALL! It weighs about 10.0#s, but that's fine with me. ;)

    Here are a couple of pictures:
     

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  2. Wonder

    Wonder

    Dec 18, 2005
    Pardon my photography
     

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  3. Wonder

    Wonder

    Dec 18, 2005
    Here's a couple more.
     

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  4. I love it! Nice to see more chambered/hollow basses being made :D
     
  5. Wonder

    Wonder

    Dec 18, 2005
    ...here are 2 more.
     

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  6. very interesting bass...very beautiful in it's own way..

    body shape is completely unique...I guess that fat upper horn adds a bit to the acoustic sound...

    the pickup arrangement is very unique, too...i've seen trip single-coil basses before, but not with two on the tilt.

    the electronics controls with a bass boost, 3-position mid, and a treble boost is also unique.

    thanks for sharing...
     
  7. Beautiful bass!! Does the maker have a website???
     
  8. Wonder

    Wonder

    Dec 18, 2005
    Thanks!

    Here's Jakes website: http://www.jakekot.com/
     
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Just wondering what angled pickups add to any bass tonally?
     
  10. Wonder

    Wonder

    Dec 18, 2005

    Not sure, technically, how the angle affects the sound, but speaking from a layman's perspective it adds a little more bottom to those pickups. Keith Roscoe could probably give you a technical analysis of how the positioning adds to the tone. ;)
     
  11. Wonder

    Wonder

    Dec 18, 2005

    Thanks! Being chambered adds dimension to the Lows and Low mids, a depth that can not only be heard but felt! :D
     
  12. lowrez

    lowrez no.

    Nov 27, 2004
    New Englandish
    I haven't heard of these. I dig the peghead design though for some reason. Nice looking bass!
     
  13. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I played one of his ( very possible it was that one) when he first started making them and when I was still taking lessons from him. They are very nice basses (as is yours), but I remember Jake being unsure of the price point. I'll have to go check the site I guess.

    Does yours have the bridge with the "faux-fretless" option?

    I'm also curious if you know the luthier who made it.
     
  14. Wonder

    Wonder

    Dec 18, 2005
    To tell you the truth I'm not sure what they're selling for at this point either. Jake told me his webmaster is going to have his new website up in a week or so. Thanks for the kudos! I think I have a Gem! :D

    ...BTW Love your Ritter!!! Perhaps someday...