Markbass... Yes, they've started making basses too

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Luigir, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. Luigir


    Mar 15, 2018
    Hi all!

    I've just found out with some surprise that Mark Bass is gonna present some basses at NAMM 2019. I'm pretty curious and I'll be on the fence. They make really good amps, lets see what they can do with basses.

    One bass is the Richard Bona Kilimanjaro (kimandu).


    The other one is a 70s style jazz bass called Gold.

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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Nice looking. Anything good enough for Mr. Bona is good enough (actually, way too good) for me.
  3. bassman74

    bassman74 Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    I like the Kilimanjaro bass, not sure about the gold one ....
  4. joel406


    Dec 27, 2013
  5. Built to the highest lute standard.
  6. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Use the Force, Lute...
  7. Luigir


    Mar 15, 2018
    True and original Italian manufacture!

    By the way the gold one looks really nice and there aren't many 70s j basses around there.
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  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Especially with a body shaped like a Precision bass.
  9. Bass4LifeRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    I like the Bartolini MK4CBC pickups in the Kilimanjaro bass. It's what I got in my avatar bass.
  10. Philibuster

    Philibuster Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2012
    The Black Hills
    I don’t know if I love or hate the look of the Kilimanjaro ... but they’ve got my attention, and I suppose that’s the point!

    Interested to see the in-store availability of these to try one.
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  11. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    it looks like kiesel is way ahead of the mb curve when compared to these instruments.
  12. Scottgun


    Jan 24, 2004
    South Carolina
    That J got a list price yet? Sorry, I mean that Franken P
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2019
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  13. Really pleased to see they don't have the standard Markbass colour scheme :)
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  14. Luigir


    Mar 15, 2018
    I've no idea. I guess well know more at namm 2019.

    Reading in the mark bass page you'll see that this bass will use an onboard mark bass pre. The same pre is gonna be sold as an onboard pre to put in your custom build.

    The Kimandu should be the less expensive version of the Kilimanjaro.
  15. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
    I'm glad the Kilimanjaro has adjustable bridge spacing, but for some reason, no GAS here. I'm thinking it would have been a smart move to have the option on all their basses.
  16. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Not feeling the preamp layout. VVT? Prefer a balance knob for the pickups. I like the body shape though. I wonder what the price points are?
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  17. rashrader


    Mar 4, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    Those are going to be very pricey.
  18. Lost me solely on the incredibly cheesy/icky marketing spiel of the "G-Spot" tone control :)

  19. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Perhaps one of the ugliest things made in Italy. Look what other Italians can do (see Ferrari).
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  20. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    We can’t just glaze past that little point.

    I for one would never be able to reach the tone control...:bag::bag:

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