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Chapman Guitars MLB-1 Bass

Bass Guitar

  • Body: Bubinga
  • Neck-through 5-piece maple / wenge neck
  • Fretboard: Wenge
  • 8" radius
  • 24 extra jumbo frets made of stainless steel
  • Scale: 34" (long scale)
  • Pickups: 2 Chapman "Bassbucker" humbuckers
  • Tone control with coil tap function
  • Black nickel hardware
  • Colour: Natural
  • Incl. Gigbag
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Colour Natural
Soundboard Bubinga
Neck Maple, Wenge
Fretboard Wenge
Frets 24
Scale Long Scale
Pickups HH
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag Yes

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Have discovered some time ago Chapman Guitars ...

25.04.2016
And must admit I am a fan.
If you are a bit interested in the history behind Rob Chapman and his guitars or his thoughts, please refer to his YouTube channels.

In short to the history of the MLB-1, this bass has 'designed' 100 voluntary bassists together. In a thread on Rob Chapman's own forum, each one of these 100 preferences could turn into wood, corpus form, etc. In the end, a prototype was created and something changed by the team of Chapman Guitars (including Dave Hollingworth). The first and only Chapman Guitars E-Bass came out.
Let's finally get to the bass itself.

Features

The bass comes with a neck thru neck made of 5 wood parts, Maple-Wenge-Maple-Wenge-Maple. The body itself is from Bubinga, as is the top.
Pick-Ups have passive Bridge and Neck-'Bassbucker 'from Chapman Guitars, for an installation of active Pick-Ups already enough space is available in the recess of the body.
A volume, a tone (tapable for coil spitting) as well as two separate volume controls are available.

Sound

The Chapman's own humbucker sound is quite pleasant. The Neck-Through ensures a good sustain, and with the possibility of coil splitting you are incredibly versatile with this bass. If you still want to block your own pick-ups, there is no problem when using active pick-ups with pre-amps.

processing

Chapman Guitars attaches great importance to high-quality processing of their guitars.
Due to lack of paintwork, processing defects can not be laminated - but they do not need it either. My MLB-1 is flawlessly processed. The Wenge fingerboard has a pronounced grain, which at first feels somewhat unfamiliar. After a short time, however, it almost does not stop.
Overall, the Chapman Bass is wonderfully processed and extremely valuable. Both at first sight and when he is the first time he plays and plays

Conclusion

I believe it is noticeable that I am a big fan of this (still somewhat) more unknown guitarsmith. The guitars and basses are extremely high-quality processed, the favorable price arises through a complete renouncement of intermediaries.
The instruments are manufactured in Korea and sold directly to retailers (alias Thomann and co).
If you like the natural look of the timbres, it is best equipped with a Chapman MLB-1.
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Gerhard621, 08.02.2017
The bass came as usual fast and well packaged.
So then unpack times: The included gigbag is in order, furthermore, a polishing cloth and Allen key are included. For this purpose there is a guide for the adjustment of the neck curvature. Fine.
The bass itself is very nice with regard to the handling of the load, no flaws to discover. Just adjust the neck curvature and the string height .... but since Manko No. One comes to the fore:
The string riders at the bridge for E and G string must be turned completely in order to get a good playing distance. But it is no longer deeper, however, that the bobbins lie on. A pity there would be in terms of playability even more.
Well, so the bass connected:
Manko No. Two:
The electronic has a wobble contact. So electronics compartment opened and numerous wood chips rausgeschüttelt. After some cable wobbles, the electronics (at least most of them) work.
Manko No. 3:
What is it for electronics? Who needs 2 times volume and in addition a cross-fader? I think this is pointless.

The bass sound overall quite appealing, but due to the humbucker and the passive electronics has relatively low heights. This changes when you switch to Singlecoilbetrieb. Then, however, the volume drops significantly.
Despite the above mentioned deficiencies, I have already thought of keeping the bass. Optics, processing (without electronics), basic sound and a very pleasant feeling of playing (even if the string position is not quite optimal).
However, I would have had another active electronics installed, but then what would have become too expensive.
So I sent the bass back and looked for something else.
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