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The Paris bass - form following function
June 23, 2010
This Paris bass is a lovely example of Joe's original design intent:
an instrument whose looks are 100% driven by the functional needs of the player.
There are no "frills", no figured top, and every part of the bass has a purpose.
The poplar body with a light tobacco burst is lightweight and resonant.
The maple neck and Pau Ferro fingerboard are strong, stable, and beautiful without being "flashy".
Dual Citron humbucking pickups and an onboard Aguilar EQ make for a very flexible range of tones.
This bass has a custom wiring scheme, with a passive treble Tone control replacing the standard active Treble control.
Our customer (who already owns a gorgeous Archtop 5-string bass) wanted to keep this magnetic-only, so the strings
are anchored to "monorail"-style individual bridges, for excellent string separation and minimal mass.
As much as we love making instruments with gorgeous AAAA figured tops and maximum 'flash',
it's also very satisfying to make an instrument that is totally driven by purpose. This bass sounds
just as great as its more 'upmarket' cousins, and has a class and understated beauty all its own.
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