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.
The Markbass MB-1 EQ provides a very natural and transparent boost that does not color the organic nature or resonance of the instrument’s woods. The crystal clarity and natural warmth combined exude a passive feel with smooth lows, full-bodied mids, and bell-like highs. The Markbass 3-Band EQ brings out the best acoustic nature of the bass instrument.
The emphasis of the Panga Panga and Walnut combination is on tight and defined midrange that complements the bright and expansive tonal nature of the Swamp Ash body for an ideally balanced sound to round out the bass spectrum.
A livelier and more resonant wood than poplar, swamp ash is characterized by a scooped-mids sound with a bigger low-end and clear highs for a more balanced tone. The open-pore finish enhances the resonance even further and the wood’s natural light weight and good-looking grain patterns are other positives of swamp ash. An ideal match for the Markbass 3-Band EQ system.
- Body: Swamp ash
- Bolt-on 5-piece neck: Maple/Wenge
- Fretboard: Panga Panga
- Scale: 864 mm (34)
- 24 Frets
- Dot fretboard inlays
- Pickup: 2 Bartolini MK-1
- Active Markbass MB-1 preamp with 3-Band EQ
- 1 Volume and 1 balance control
- Miniswitch for switching active/passive
- Cort EB12 bridge
- Hipshot Ultralight machine heads
- Black hardware
- Ex-factory stringing: Nickelwound .045 - .105
- Finish: Thin open-pored finish
- Colour: Natural