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Deep 4 and Deep 5 Basses

 

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Deep 5 hollow chambers Deep 5 ebony bridge Deep 5 matching bound koa headstock Deep 5 lined fingerboard Deep 5 neck joint Deep 4 stacked bass/treble control Deep 5 unlined fingerboardDeep 5 alder body Deep 5 curly koa top

 

The Deep 4 and the Deep 5

If you’re looking for the best possible acoustic style bass tone in a compact package that does not feed back, this may be the instrument you’ve been waiting for. The Deep 4 and Deep 5 basses build on the tone of the mb-2 bass and take it to the next level. It features a thicker, more hollow body with f-hole, that creates warmth and complex overtones, a solid center block and a super rigid 5 piece laminate neck. These elements combine to achieve a superior bass tone that has it all; clarity, warmth and a little bit of “wool.”

Deep 4/5 standard features

  • all materials hand selected
  • 5-piece laminate neck of rock maple with ebony stringers
  • ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • matching bound koa headstock
  • semi hollow alder body
  • premium curly koa top with f-hole
  • sculpted body at neck heel
  • alder wood back plate
  • volume, and stacked bass/treble control on bridge
  • celluloid “tortoise shell” binding
  • ergonomically balanced
  • approx weight 7.5 lbs
  • options: lined or unlined fingerboard
  • form fit hardshell case included

Some of the finer points of the Deep 4/5 basses

Neck: I select every piece of wood myself. Why a laminate neck you ask? All wood moves to some degree with changes in humidity and temperature. By combining 3 pieces of rock maple and two ebony strips, you have 5 pieces of wood that when properly oriented will all move in different directions from one another, in effect canceling each other out, creating a more stable and rigid neck. Since the body of the Deep 4/5 is extra hollow, the most rigid neck is needed to produce a strong fundamental tone. The fingerboard is ebony, and is made from the same stock as the bridge, for a perfect match. All the wood is dried to 6% humidity or below, and a non-water based glue is used during construction, as to not destabilize the wood.

Body: The body starts out with 3" thick alder stock and is surfaced down to 2 1/8", and routed with large hollow chambers , leaving a 1 3/4" wide center block (see photo). These large hollow chambers in combination with the f-hole make the body lighter and less rigid, which adds resonance, warmth and overtones. The f-hole does not add much noticeable volume, it is about creating TONE. The volume is achieved through the pickup system. You will not experience feedback with a Deep 4/5, they can be used in stadium size venues with no feedback issues whatsoever. The top is made from the finest curly koa wood from Hawaii. Koa is an established tone wood and is about as beautiful as wood can get. Finding curly koa of this quality is rare, and the supply limited, as this wood is only harvested in small amounts, and only from downed or dead trees. The body gets about 4 coats of penetrating oil, which is a finish that goes into the wood and hardens, as opposed to a film finish which sits atop the wood. Film finishes (lacquer, polyurethane and the vast majority of modern guitar finishes) act as dampeners on vibration (imagine some tape on a snare drum head to reduce the volume). The extremely thin finish is a big part of letting the instrument “breathe.”

ElectRonics: The Deep 4/5 basses feature electronics designed specifically for these models. The circuitry is super clean and minimal, and features a master volume and a stacked treble/bass control, both integrated into the ebony bridge. I’m a purist when it comes to tone and believe an instrument should do one thing really well, as opposed to doing a few things pretty good, and that is my aim with this bass; to give the best, fullest, jaw dropping tone possible.