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Jabba Classic 5 Flame Maple top, Carnival Red (List £1759)

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  2. Super value, hand made bass from Mayones that captures the classic vibe but with a modern twist. This is the new 2017 bass with Aguilar 70J pickups and Hipshot tuners. There is currently a 9 month waiting list for a Mayones bass.

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The New Jabba Classic encompasses all the elements of the original sound and vibe of the instrument designed by Leo Fender in 1961, yet has been improved and enhanced and is hand built with precision and class. The 24 fret neck is bound and has block markers and is hand shaped to be very comfortable and stable. The body has been redesigned to accommodate the extra frets, and this five string version has a well balanced and very playable B string. The pickups are clear and full sounding with superb sensitivity and when combined with the new switchable active bass and treble controls plus classic passive tone control yields a vast array of tones from growly old school to punchy super tight modern tones. A powerful yet sensitive instrument that embodies the best of both vintage and modern.



  1. Body - Alder, Flame Maple top
  2. Construction - Bolt - on

  3. Neck - Maple

  4. Fingerboard - Pau Ferro

  5. Scale - 870mm (34,25")

  6. Frets - 24 medium jumbo Ferd Wagner

  7. Width at;

  8. Nut - 45mm, 12th fret - 66mm, 22nd fret - 76mm

  9. Markers & inlays - Black blocks and binding + side-dots

  10. Tuners - Hipshot Ultralight

  11. Bridge - Mayo Vintage Bass Bridge

  12. Pickups & Electronics - Aguilar 70s, Mayo active 2 band preamp

  13. Control - 2 x Volume, Stacked bass/treble, tone, active/passive switch

  14. Body finish - Carnival Red

  15. Neck finish - Natural wood / Matt finish (T-NAT-M)

  16. Hardware colour  - Chrome

  17. Strings - SIT

  18. Weight: 10lb/4.5kg

  19. Additional equipment - Graph Tech nut, Switchcraft jack, Schaller Security Straplocks, DELUXE GIG BAG























































Mayones Jabba Classic 5 & Slogan 5

GEAR: Mayones Jabba Classic 5 & Slogan 5. Bass Guitar Magazine August 2010


Nick Wells plugs in with a couple of handmade high-spec bass guitars from Mayones.


Mayones may be a relatively unknown name in the UK bass market, but since opening its doors in 1982 the Polish company has been steadily making a name for itself across Europe and the US, with an emphasis on hand-built instruments and attention to detail, as Dawid Dziewulski, president of Mayones Guitars & Basses, told BGM: ‘The most important thing about Mayones instruments is that they are all handmade, in Poland, out of selected tonewoods from the Bieszczady Mountains, one of the cleanest environments in Europe. We have our own construction solutions: the way we choose wood and put it together, the neck profiles, and above all, the scale. We put a lot of emphasis on quality: we constantly try to raise it even higher and we care for each detail.


Over the years we’ve developed quality-control tools and routines that guarantee highest quality at every step, starting from the wood block selection up to final assembly, shipment and after-sales services. Our instruments are a mixture of fine craft and 28 years of experience, passion, great sound and character.’ While it would be fair to say that a large proportion of the company’s designs is aimed towards rock and metal players, the two models that we have here, the Jabba and the Slogan, are a little different. ‘The Slogan is the result of our cooperation with US bassist, Steve Logan, who sadly passed away in 2007,’ says Dawid. ‘Steve combined two different Mayones bass shapes and hardware configurations to suit his playing style. As a jazz player he required warm and round tones, so we’ve been recommending this model for similar genres. However, when you check the list of players who, besides Steve, use or used this model, it seems like a perfect tool for metal players to spread destruction with as well!’


The other model on show here is the Jazz Bass-styled Jabba, which is available in three different configurations, the Classic, Custom and Special, each with its own pickup, preamp and body wood combinations. The Classic version has been designed to encompass the look and feel of a vintage Jazz Bass, using traditional wood combinations, vintage-styled hardware and Seymour Duncan JB replacement pickups, but is this enough to capture that special vibe? Let’s take a look.


Body & Neck

Jabba Classic

Though the body style may conform to the vintage Jazz Bass blueprint, the Jabba Classic does feel a little different and has undergone a slight redesign to accommodate the longer 24-fret neck. Still, the double-cutaway shape feels instantly familiar. The body is made from alder, which should give the Jabba a resonant, rich tone, and the contoured back makes the body feel more ergonomic. The Jabba is available in three body colours: monolith white, transparent red and monolith black, as we have here, with an all-gloss finish.


The headstock can also be matched to the body or given a natural matte finish should you prefer. The maple neck is securely connected to the body by six recessed screws held in individual collets, and the heel pocket has been smoothly contoured to allow greater access to the top frets. The rosewood board is neatly bound with block inlays and  side dot position markers and features 24 nicely profiled medium frets. The neck has a natural matte finish and has been shaped by hand to be very comfortable and stable. Its straight profile allows for a low action, which lends the neck a very quick feel. ‘It turned out that most players prefer a low action,’ says Dawid Dziewulski, especially those who love long legato runs and shreds.


On the other hand, it is crucial for the string to have enough space to vibrate, so we adjust our instruments somewhere in between the excellent playability and the best sound – unless you order the instrument with specific tuning and adjustment requirements. To make sure the bass is properly tuned along the fingerboard we use a hiresolution Peterson tuner, which is seen by many professionals as an industry standard.’ The Jabba arrived in a Mayones deluxe padded gig bag, which is ideal for comfortably getting from the rehearsal room to the gig.


Hardware

Jabba Classic

‘Initially, selecting the right hardware for our basses wasn’t really a matter of what to buy but rather what was available in Poland, as at the beginning of the 90s the availability of any hardware was more than poor,’ Dawid continues. ‘Luckily those dark times are gone, and over the years we’ve built a strong and long-term partnership with several manufacturers. In most cases we use the same trusty accessories as the other top guitar brands: Schaller, ABM, Bartolini, Aguilar, Seymour Duncan, EMG, DiMarzio and a few others. On the other hand we seek novelties as well, to make our instruments different. Especially with the pickups and bass preamps, the market is pretty full with small manufacturers delivering top-notch products, frequently handmade too. We test them in various instruments, combine them with several active electronics, and we determine the optimal set-up for the sound we have in mind for the specific instrument.’ The Jabba is fitted with a pair of Seymour Duncan Basslines single-coil pickups, which are based on the old Seymour Duncan Active EQ ‘Switch’ pickups. They are wired to an active Bartolini preamp, a stacked bass/treble knob, and tone and individual volume controls. The active circuitry is powered by a single 9 V battery housed in a compartment on the back of the bass, and can be switched off via the mini switch found just below the other controls, giving you a true passive single-coil sound.


The Schaller bridge has individual adjustable saddles and is in keeping with the chrome Schaller BM tuners, straplocks and control plate. The switchcraft jack socket is located on the side of the body. Our only gripe with the set-up of this bass was that the tuners felt a little ‘gritty’ when turning them, though tuning was stable.


Sounds

Jabba Classic

Starting off in passive mode, the Jabba exhibits a recognizable bass sound that’s nicely balanced and pretty versatile. The low B sounds great and the tone remains even as you move into the higher register. We found the best tones were in the low end and lower mid range, but we were equally impressed with the natural sustain and definition in the higher frequencies. Switching to the active circuit gives the Jabba a serious boost in output – all the same tones are still there, but a little more defined and with a little more separation between the frequencies.


Despite the vintage ethos, the tone is modern, but reassuringly broad and well rounded so as not to be overpowering. The Seymour Duncan pickups are clear and full-sounding with a supertight response, and deliver a well balanced sound. The G string played in the first position has a nicely rounded tone, without sounding hollow or undefined, as can be the case with some active basses. There are, without doubt, times when a good passive sound is required, but we suspect most players will favour the Jabba’s active tone. The lift it gives the bass in the mix is just too good to give up. The tonal flexibility of the EQ provides extra variation, and overall, in terms of both sounds and playability, the Jabba is very accessible.


Body & Neck

Slogan 5

The beginning of Steve Logan’s relationship with Mayones dates back to early 2004, when guitarist Hiram Bullock, another Mayones player, introduced him to the company. Having considered several options for his own custom bass, Steve came up with the idea of combining two different Mayones body shapes: the Comodous and the Patriot. The result was the Slogan model. Logan actually used two Slogan basses, one fretted and one fretless. Both instruments featured maplemahogany laminated necks, ebony fingerboards and Schaller hardware.


The fretted version sported an ebony macassar top and two Bartolini soapbar humbuckers, whereas the fretless came with amazakoue top and two single-coil JB-style pickups. The Slogan has a profiled neck-through ash body and is a bit weightier than the Jabba. An elongated upper horn curves over the bass strings, and the smooth, sensuous contouring feels immediately more lavish compared to the more workmanlike Jabba design. Ebony macassar is a dense Indonesian hardwood, which may explain the added body weight, with a rich, dark hue and light brown stripes running through it. A thin layer of wenge has been sandwiched between the ebony top and ash body wood.


The neck-through bass guitars seem to be pretty easy in production,’ explains Dawid. ‘We take a monolith neck and two body wings and glue them together. However, attaching a shaped body to the neck demands lots of attention and special tools to ensure all the parts are correctly bound together. The wood selection is far more complicated and it took us years until we found the reliable suppliers. Superb tone quality can only be obtained from the wood that features strict parameters, such as humidity or thickness. When the delivery of wood arrives we measure the essential factors and decide about further processing, like drying or seasoning, to ensure the best tonal qualities of our instruments.


The nine-ply maple-mahogany neck extends the entire length of the body and features an ebony board and the same high-gloss natural finish as the body. All in all, the Slogan has an incredibly smooth and streamlined shape, though there’s no escaping the added weight of the body. Still, it doesn’t feel particularly unbalanced, and the slim neck profile and its slick gloss finish make for a very quick and playable neck.


Hardware

Slogan 5

Unlike the shiny chrome controls of the Jabba, the Slogan has a full complement of black hardware, from the knurled control knobs to the Mayones X2 series bridge and Schaller M4 tuners. The pickups are Bartolini passive soapbar humbuckers with square, flat edges, wired to an Aguilar OBP-3 three-band active EQ. The remaining controls comprise master volume, pickup balance and passive tone and have been neatly grouped together with the active/passive mini switch positioned above them, rather than below as they appear on the Jabba, making the switch a little more accessible. Two 9 V batteries power the active electronics and are housed in separate compartments on the rear of the body. The Mayones X2 series bridge comprises two separate parts – a top-loading tailpiece to anchor bridge unit. Th e factory setup was fine, though the low B string was a little loose, which was the cause of some fret buzz as you moved along the neck. The Slogan is available as a 4-, 5- or 6-string bass and comes complete with a fitted hard case, while lightweight Schaller tuners take care of tuning.


Sounds

Slogan 5

The Slogan is naturally suited to a range of modern styles. There are some more vintage sounds on offer too, but the quick attack and clean note response make it ideal for funky-fusion playing. The neck-through design lends the instrument a clear tone with a solid low end and allows you to play with your fingers closer to the strings. The high end has a smooth and round bell-like quality, while the mids are strong, without being too prominent. Switching from passive to active mode, or vice versa, produces a rather abrupt ‘punch’ from the speakers as the output kicks up a notch, so we wouldn’t recommend doing so mid song, but it remains a worthy option should you need to alter your core sound. The Bartolini pickups are full and punchy, and thanks to the pickup blend control and the active EQ there are a range of bass tones at your disposal. The low B string sounds clear and defined, despite being a little loose – we’d recommend spending some time getting the set-up and string tension just right to find a feel that works for your own playing style.


Conclusion

The build quality and playability, together with the functional aspects of both of these basses, make for impressive instruments. The sounds on offer are of a professional standard and the range of tonal options is pretty comprehensive too. Both demonstrate precise levels of construction, though there were some minor set-up issues with both instruments so, as with any bass, we’d recommend you try before you buy. The Jabba is a serious option for any working bassist in the market for a versatile instrument that’s geared towards a modern sound. We suspect the Slogan’s more contemporary design to be something of an acquired taste. The added weight is also an issue and will be a serious bone of contention for some players, but, as with the Jabba, the two octave fingerboard and the active/ passive option scores extra points. The price tag is high and the Mayones brand may still be a little unfamiliar for some, but on this evidence, it’s well worth an audition.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

SLOGAN 5

Price: £2,275

Built in: Poland

Scale length: 870 mm (34.25 inches)

Frets: 24, medium jumbo,

Nut width: 47 mm

Neck: Maple

Fingerboard: Ebony

Body: Ash with wenge laminate &macassar ebony top

Pickups: 2 x Bartolini soapbarpickups

Controls: Master volume, pickupblend, Aguilar OBP 3-band activeEQ, passive tone & active/passiveselector switch

Machine heads: Schaller M4

Bridge: Mayones X2 í xed bridge

Finish: High-gloss natural í nish

Weight: 5 kg (11.2 lb)

WHAT WE THINK

Plus: Beautifully made with high quality wood & modern bass tones.

Minus: A little heavy, and slight conflict in tension across the strings.

Overall: A high-quality bass that has a lot to offer the modern player.

BGM RATING OUT OF FIVE

BGM RATING BGM RATING

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

JABBA CLASSIC 5

Price: £1,349

Built in: Poland

Scale length: 870 mm (34.25 inches)

Frets: 24, medium jumbo

Nut width: 45 mm

Neck: Maple

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Body: Alder

Pickups: 2 x Seymour DuncanBasslines

Controls: 2 x volume, pickup blend, Bartolini 3-band EQ, tone & active/ passive selector switch

Machine heads: Schaller BM

Bridge: Schaller

Finish: Black gloss

Weight: 4.5 kg (10 lb)


WHAT WE THINK

Plus: Wide range of versatile bass sounds, very playable.

Minus: Tuners were a little difficult to turn at times.

Overall: A reliable and roadworthy bass equally at home onstage or in the studio.


CONTACT DETAILS

Bass Direct

Tel: 01926 886433

www.bassdirect.co.uk

Mayones Guitars and Basses

www.mayones.com





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