It would be 5 stars if it had 24 frets! That's my biggest problem. I would replace if lost or stolen. This is really a coll bass! A must own for everyone!
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Store
American made, maple body and laminate neck. 23 frets! (WHY????) Controls are, two stacked pots Vol/Pan, Treble/Bass boost. Then a 6 way rotary switch with 3 passive 2 active and a standby. Kubicki style bridge/tuner combination. Extender key on E string to go from E to D and back again.
I have a very low action, and it's great! Neck has a cool design, by being thick at the head and very slightly thinner at the 23rd UUURRRRGGGG fret. This bass is in third place to my Fodera in 1st and "STILL" my Zon in 2nd! Flawless.
Sounds great! very adaptable to all styles of music! It really has a sound "distinct" of it's own!
Play it and go! Don't worry about it!
I considered a carvin, and i would have bought one had Jeff not offered me his, but now I wouldn't consider anything else. this is a great bass. Kubicki has specialized parts, so if your gonna buse it, they have a maintenance package to keep it running smooth. I couldn't figure any way that this bass could be better (maybe a mid eq controller on the bass (it has treble and bass already))
Model Year: 1988
Where Obtained: Jeff Peterson
Beautiful Ebony Fingerboard, 23 frets (?) laminated neck, 4 string, active electronics, 2 active settings, three passive, humcanceling pickups (sounds like heaven!), drop D extra tuner lever, NOT HEAD HEAVY. specially shaped neck (thinner at bottom, thicker at top)
With my older bass, a fender squire (I know, I know, it sucks, but I was just starting out.) I had to strugle against the bass to play what I wanted. now my fingers just seem to flow. the sound is beautiful, and I've always wanted that low D, but had to work on other things besides transposing. In short, if this bass broke, I would buy another. NOT head heavy. this allows me to play freely without having to hold up the headstock with my thumb. a great relief.
There is one particular active electronics setting that is especially warm and crisp. I run it through my small 12' practice amp, with all the eq's the same, thus attaining what the bass really sounds like. I have yet to try it out on stage. very full sound, warm, pan control that gives you a great sound for funk and slap.
Let's just say that it's been USED for 14 years. and it still sounds great. little adjustment. little tuning too.
I don't think I would have been happier playing any other bass. If this bass was ever lost or stolen, I would definately want another one.
Model Year: 1994
Price: $1500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: George's Music, PA
It's a 4 string bass, with a 20+ strip maple laminate neck. It has only 23 Frets, which is a little annoying... why couldn't he squeeze just 1 more on there? 2 active/passive humbucker pickups, with a knob to select from 3 passive modes and 2 active modes. There is a lever on the headstock to allow you to extend the E string down to Low D - This feature is excellent. The bridge is a unique fly-wheel design tuning system that makes it very easy to get into tune and stay there. You can fret the typical 5th fret string-to-string tuning notes with your left hand, and adjust your tuning with your right hand on the bridge, very nice!
The action can be adjusted very low without getting excessive string noise. The neck is very slender and I find it very comfortable in my hand, it came very natural to me. The bass is very well balanced.
This bass can give a burning rock sound, or bright and tight funk-slap sound, your choice from the selector knob. There are tone and pickup balance POTS as well which can really help you find the exact sound you are looking for.
I've been using this bass for 6+ years. I've used it in the studio, and on many live gigs, and it has held up very well. On live shows, I've pulled many "Billy Sheehan" moves, like pushing on the back of the neck to de-tune the strings...OUCH.. but the bass always bounced back with now problems. The unique bridge saddles that hold each string can be a problem. I have had instances of braking Low E strings during gigs. I have narrowed the problem to a slightly sharp bridge saddle. Overall, it still plays as great as the day I got it.