Artist Vintage Hybrid Fretless 4 string Bass - Passive/Active Preamp
About This Artist Vintage Hybrid Fretless 4 string Bass - Passive/Active Preamp
The Artist Vintage Hybrid Bass is an innovation model that blends the traditional features and now having its fretless version. Get to play the unique sound and tone that can only come from a Fretless bass.
It comes with a white gloss finished Ash body, red 3-ply scratchplate, matte finish natural Canadian Maple neck and headstock, 20 fret Eco-Rosewood fret-board with dot inlays and a bone nut. It also has open-geared chrome tuners.
With a newly designed active preamp circuit that delivers deeply exhilarating active and passive tones, our Artist Vintage Hybrid Bass can deliver both a classic vintage sound with modernity that modern bassist's demand... passive pickups with the added EQ control from the active preamp plus cut/boost bass and treble controls. There is also a separate battery chamber for easy battery replacement.
The Tech Features
Model: Vintage Hybrid Fretless
Neck Construction: Bolt-on
Body: Ash, white gloss finish
Neck: Canadian Maple, natural matte finish
Fingerboard: Eco-Rosewood, 20 Fret, Bone Nut
Pickups: Neck Split Single Coil Alnico V Magnet, Single Coil Bridge Alnico V Magnet
Controls : 1x Volume, 2x Active Tones (bass & treble cut/boost) ,1x Balance
Machine heads: Vintage Bass open-geared.
- Scale: 34" (864mm)
- Nut Width: 42mm
- 1st fret Thickness: 20mm
- Neck Shape: Modern D
- Radius: 14" (350mm)
Post lockdown review updateBy: Andrew on 26 May 2020I found the bass was pretty quiet with the factory strings. Fitting a set of regular gauge flats (GHS Precision) has really brought the pickups to life and made it an absolute pleasure to play.
Wow!By: Anonymous on 12 May 2020Wow! i'm blown away by the quality and finish of this bass. The fingerboard is better finished than my $1500 'Made in Mexico' Fender P Bass! Amazing to play and looks stunning. I've put on Flatwoud strings (for playing in my Jazz Ensemble) and again Wow! the sound of this thing is awesome. My Heavy Rock Band is going back in the Studio i'll be using 'The Artist' and my Fender. Awesome Product + Awesome Price + Awesome Service = Awesome Trade and i'm not getting paid to say so.
Excellent ProductBy: Mike Mullane on 12 May 2020Lovely tones on this guitar, perfect feel if fitted with flatwound strings
Pleasant bass at a good priceBy: Andrew on 28 April 2020Despite its macho looking appearance and size, this bass has a soft melodic voice to it. Its pleasant to play and the P pickup especially has an authentic sound when played against tracks recorded with a P Bass. The J can provide a good horn type sound and has a bright thin nature, being quite close to the bridge. There are plenty of tone options but overall the bass is quiet particularly in passive mode. The neck is a P-Bass style, meaning that it is quite wide around the 12th fret area. On the artist blurb, the nut is described as bone, but it is plastic as per the specs. My bass needed a good set up - the intonation was 50 cents out at the 12th fret. If you aren't confident to adjust neck relief, intonation, pickup height and action, consider a visit to your local guitar tech. The fretboard is pretty even and accurate, but fretless bass does depend on being setup right. The factory strings seem very light and bend out of tone rather easily, but must wait for end of lockdown to try something different. This bass is built well enough and although the hardware is designed to a budget, I wouldn't hesitate to play it in public. There aren't too many options for a budget fretless and this one does a solid job. If there is a re-design, I would vote for a slimmer J-style neck.
impressed for the priceBy: Derek on 5 December 2019When I purchased this puppy it was on sale so I only paid 249NZD for it. For the price I am shocked at the quality, it should be a complete pile of garbage but in fact it is pretty awesome. Plays great right out of the box, the action is set up pretty well and the intonation throughout the neck is spot on. Crazy value. I love it thanks.
Smooth!By: Jonathan Joukhadar on 28 August 2019Beautiful feel! sound is great. great range in tone.
Hybrid fretless bassBy: william w voight on 28 June 2018I was absolutely blown away by the quality of this instrument in relation to the price, the build quality is beyond fault . the preamp does produce a pop through the amplifier when switching from active to passive but that is not a major issue. for the price of this bass I can afford to up grade the preamp. this is not a criticism as the bass is perfectly fine as it is . This is something I choose to do. As with all the items I have purchased from Artist guitars, the service is excellent . I have also purchases two sets of Xvive wireless systems for my basses and am thrilled with those as well. Highly recommended.