Chapman MLB1 Fan Fret DH Bass

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A word from co-designer:

"I've been fortunate enough to have played and recorded many basses over the years and from that I have built a long list of all the things that I believe to make a great sounding and playing bass. When I was offered the chance to design these basses with Chapman Guitars I was first shocked as it was something I never thought I'd have the opportunity to do.


I realised that this wasn't just an opportunity to make a typical 'signature model bass', but an opportunity to see if it was possible to build a bass that incorporated all the notes from my list. Setting out on this venture I knew that trying to incorporate it all in one bass might not work. So it has been a long process of constant refinement but I'm incredibly proud to say that I truly believe that what we have created is exactly what I set out to do... to create the perfect bass. The ergonomic shape, the feel of the neck, the tone and tuning stability of the woods, the powerful electronics, and a killer look!
I've always been a 4-string player and so the MLB1 DH is home for me but often the music I play finds me needing that extended range of a 5-string. So the addition of the fan fret version gives us exactly that; 26 fanned frets allows the scale length necessary to delve in the to the 5-string world with all the feel of a 4-string.

To say I'm proud is an understatement - these basses are one of my best accomplishments to date and I can't thank the guys at Chapman Guitars enough for making this a reality."
- Dave Hollingworth

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Full Specification

HEADSTOCK: Angled Serekh Headstock
TUNERS: Wilkinson
STRING NUT: 38mm Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL Bass Nut
NECK: Wenge With Ovangkol Pinstripes with Oil Finish
NECK JOINT: Neck-Through
NECK SIZE WIDTH: NUT 38mm 26F 59.52mm
THICKNESS: 1F 20mm 12F 23mm
PROFILE: C Shape
TRUSS ROD FRETBOARD: Wenge Fretboard with Rolled Edges
FRETBOARD RADIUS: 200mm FRETS 26 Jumbo Bell Bronze Frets
FRET MARKERS: Glow-in-the-Dark Side Dots
12TH FRET INLAY: Gold Infinity
SCALE LENGTH: 832mm to 889mm (~32.76ā€ to 35ā€) Fan Fret
BODY TOP: Mapa Burl Body Back Wood Only with Arched Front & Back with Oil Finish BODY BACK: Ovangkol with Oil Finish
BODY CARVES: Rear Tummy Cut, Rear Lower Spoon Cut, Rear Heel Contour
BRIDGE: Chapman Single String
NECK PICKUP: Bartolini 9CBJD-S1 Jazz Single Coil (Passive)
BRIDGE PICKUP: Bartolini 9CBJD-L1 Jazz Single Coil (Passive)
CONTROLS: Master Volume (250k) with Treble Bleed Circuit, Blend Control (250k) Knob, Master Tone with Push-Pull (250k)
STRAP BUTTONS: Chapman Strap Locks
STRINGS: Ernie Ball Slinky, Nickel Wound Bass, 4 String, 65-130 (From Mid-2018)

CASE Chapman Pro Hard Case


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