When it comes to punch and sustain, nothing beats neck-thru-body construction. The strings vibrate across the body and neck in coherent and linear manner, maximizing the tightness of the low-end with rich mids and singing highs.
The trademark Bartolini sound is preserved in the MK-1 while providing superb sound quality and value. The MK-1 delivers plenty of punchy and warm mids along with transparent and brilliant highs for a superbly balanced sound.
Bartolini’s renowned MK-1 preamp provides powerful yet transparent boost along with its trademark crisp high-end. The MK-1 transfers the natural liveliness of the bass through a flexible 3-band equalizer for a variety of applications ranging from studio recording to large concert halls. It also provides a switchable active/passive mode for a powerful modern active sound or an organic traditional passive sound.
Mahogany’s warm and emphasized low-midrange is complemented by the high-midrange and treble of 5-piece Maple & Wenge neck for a perfectly balanced and coherent sound. The Flame Maple top on the body adds a high-class upgraded look and a touch of tonal definition.
The strength and brightness of Maple is ideally balanced with the warm midrange of Wenge, resulting in superb playability, feel and tonal definition.
The string-thru-body and top-load construction facilitates greater tonal range while adding punch and enhancing sustain, perfectly complementing the longer 34” scale’s tighter string tension and focused sound.
The Artisan basses are equipped with Hipshot Ultralight Tuners (classic 20:1 tuning ratio) that is made of cast zinc with aluminum strings posts and mounting nuts, resulting in 30% weight reduction over other regular tuners and which results in improved balance and tuning accuracy.
|BODY||Figured Maple Top on Mahogany|
|NECK||5PC Maple & Wenge|
|FRETBOARD||Rosewood or Panga Panga
|TUNERS||Hipshot Ultralight Tuners|
|BRIDGE||Hipshot Trans Tone Bridge(4)|
|PICKUPS||Bartolini MK-1 Pickups|
|ELECTRONICS||Bartolini MK-1 EQ|
|ADDITIONAL||String-Thru & Up-Load Construction