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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RS, May 17, 2001.
Anyone have or have played one? What do they sound like? What do they run, price wise? Just curious
A friend of mine has a pre-Fender Kubicki Factor that is an incredible player. I mean, just super smooth. Sounds awesome, too. It inspired me to get one of my own about 8 years ago, but it wasn't the same. I had a real hard time changing strings.. you have to wind them on at the bridge, and I just could never get it.
I'm not sure what the more recent ones are like.
The drop-tuning lever on the E string, with the two extra frets, is pretty ingenious.
Here's the Web site..
A little clacky, IMO, and very modern, neither P nor J; clear and bright, rather than deep and thick. The Fender-era ones run about $800 used. The new ones are made to order and are $2000+.
I own an older Kubiki Ex-Factor bass and love it. I bought it new back in 90. There is a decal on the back of the headstock which indicates it was made by the USA Fender Custom Shop followed by some numbers which I believe is the serial # and date the bass was made. A few years later I had the bass appraised for insurance and was told by several different places that it was worth more than when I had bought it, because it was made by the FCS. Great elect. Great feel and is comfortable to play. Personally I love the tone of the bass, especially for pop & slap. I believe Stu Hamm played a Kubiki on his first couple of albums, great stuff. The bass looks great, unique and elegant, but not over-the-top.
Thanks for the web site.
Just a little add-in on ergonomics.
I have this shoulder problem, which more or less prohibits me from playing ordinary basses. I sling a strap over my right shoulder on my basss.
Anyway, the Factor....it's heavy. I had to try it with ordinary strap, as it was in a shop. OK, I did.
The Kubicki Factor is the absolutely best bass I have ever touched (this far), when it comes to ergonomics! Perfect balance, good posture, easy reach and no stress on my sour left shoulder (with a soft 2.5" strap).
Then there is sound, on which we all have different views - and the price, that is not sound....
Another ergonomic bonus: the A, D and G strings have a scale length of 32".