We absolutely love Xotic's guitars to bits, so we knew it was time to get some of their awesome basses too! This one is from their new range of "lightweight" 5 string models. Check out the weight of this one in the pics! Huge 5 string tone without killing your back.
Here's what Xotic have to say:
"The production of each high quality Xotic bass guitars begins in our Los Angeles, CA shop where the wood, shape, color, hardware, pickups and all other features are precisely designed for each instrument. Every model goes through an extensive process of R&D to determine which wood, construction and electronics will best serve its envisioned use.
These exact specifications are then sent to T's Guitars in Japan. T's Guitars has an enduring reputation of producing exceptional hand quality instruments in Japan and Xotic has a long and ongoing relationship with them.
Great attention is paid to picking the finest woods for our bodies and necks and each piece is hand selected.
Seasoned builders blend old world craftsmanship with modern CNC technology in building each instrument with each step in the process supervised up to Xotic's meticulous specs.
Guitars are then shipped to our California shop where our Master Luthier will inspect each instrument. Fretwork is finalized with a fret dress that addresses every facet of the fret surface. Additional setup includes string height, truss rod adjustments and fine-tuning of pickups and electronics. Particular attention is giving to the instruments playability, tone, fit and finish
Trusted for its quality and precision, we use the Hipshot Ultralite for the machine heads. They are durable and lightweight, which helps for longevity and prevents head dive.
Jescar Fret Wire is an industry standard fret wire that is chosen for its high quality. It is trusted for its superior precision and durability by makers such as Gibson, Martin and Tom Anderson. The FW9665 model used for the XJ series, has proper height and trusted stability in pitch.
Alder and Ash wood give the XJ series a solid low and low-mid range of tone, something that lighter wood bodies can't achieve.
The XJ's body is based on original Jazz Bass designs with Xotic touches like the rounded neck joint heel and cut-away that improve playability in higher positions.
XJ series' Xotic Pickups are traditional Alnico 5 rod magnets, AWG-42 formvar wire, and Vulcan fiber bobbins. At their base is vintage flavor, but with higher gain giving richer sound in both passive and active modes.
The strengthened magnets improve overall response resulting in brighter tone with a solid bottom.
The XJ series use special bridge which brass alloy does not insulate vibrations from the strings, giving it fat and solid tone. This bridge provides adjustments to the pitch and tension of each string allowing for a custom setup. Note: This bridge is not a genuine Hipshot, (built in the USA) component.
The Xotic Bass preamp is modern feat of engineering with its tiny size and huge sound. Master volume (push/pull for active and passive), 3-band EQ, Mid and Treble frequency selector and 20db of boost this preamp allows the player enjoy a clean, musical and full-bodied active EQ and boost.
HRI was developed to answer this difficult request to eliminate the hum noise, while maintaining the tone of the single-coil pickup. Since it is completely passive, it does not require battery or any other power source."View Full Specs
- Body Ash
- Body Color 3 Tone Burst
- Neck 22F Maple/Maple
- Neck Finish Oil Finish
- Fret Jescar (#6150 type)
- Neck GripC
- Nut Pure Bone
- Pickup Xotic JB 5-string
- EQ Xotic Onboard Bass Preamp
- Tuner Hipshot Ultralite
- Bridge Hipshot B-Style Bridge
- Control 1-Vol, 1-Balancer, 1- Tone, 3-band EQ
- Position Mark Luminova
- Hardware Nickel / Chrome
- Strap Button Gotoh
- Pickguard Brown Tortoise 4P
- Strings Xotic SBS-5