The Artisan A4 bass features neck-thru construction for superior tone and string vibration transfer. When it comes to punch and sustain, nothing beats neck-thru-body construction. The strings vibrate across the body and neck in coherent and linear manner, maximizing the tightness of the low-end with rich mids and singing highs.
The A4 features Bartolini MK-1 pickups and MK-1 EQ which produce an organic "piano" type tone. 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. Bartolini’s renowned MK-1 preamp provides powerful yet transparent boost along with its trademark crisp high-end. The MK-1 transfers the natural liveliness of the bass through a flexible 3-band equalizer for a variety of applications ranging from studio recording to large concert halls. It also provides a switchable active/passive mode for a powerful modern active sound or an organic traditional passive sound.
Hipshot Ultralight Tuners and TransTone Bridge.
Artisan basses come with Hipshot Ultralight Tuners (Classic 20:1 tuning ratio) that is made of cast zinc with aluminum string posts and mounting nuts which is 30% lighter than other regular tuners which delivers better balance and accuracy in tuning. The string-thru-body and top-load construction facilitates greater tonal range while adding punch and enhancing sustain, perfectly complementing the longer 34” scale’s tighter string tension and focused sound.
Mahogany Body with Figured Maple Top and 5-Piece Maple and Wenge Neck
Mahogany’s warm and emphasized low-midrange is complemented by the high-midrange and treble of 5-piece Maple & Wenge neck for a perfectly balanced and coherent sound. The Flame Maple top on the body adds a high-class upgraded look and a touch of tonal definition. In the neck, the strength and brightness of Maple is ideally balanced with the warm midrange of Wenge, resulting in superb playability, feel and tonal definition.
- CONSTRUCTION: Neck-thru
- BODY: Figured Maple Top on Mahogany Body
- NECK: 5pc Maple and Wenge
- BINDING: N/A
- FRETBOARD: Rosewood, 15 3/4" Radius (400mm)
- FRETS: 24 / Large (2.7mm)
- SCALE: 34" (864mm)
- INLAY: Abalone Dot with Black Circle
- TUNERS: Hipshot lic.
- BRIDGE: Hipshot Trans Tone Bridge (4), String-Thru & Up-Load Construction
- PICKUPS: Bartolini MK1-4/F & MK1-4/R
- ELECTRONICS: Bartolini MK-1 EQ / 1v, 1blend, 3band, EQ on-off switch
- HARDWARE: PT (Platinum)
- STRINGS: D'addario EXL165SL(105-045)