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Mike Lull TXB4 / TXB5 Bass Guitars

The TXB4 and TXB5 combine all the low end thunder of our T-bass with the familiar body shape of a Tele.

      » Classic Tele-series style with T-bass thunder

      » Every Mike Lull instrument is hand-built by Mike himself

      » Built in Bellevue, Washington, USA - Just outside Seattle

      » Every Mike Lull instrument gets a PLEK precision fret-leveling

TXB4 / TXB5 Features & Specs

» Alder, Swamp Ash or Mahogany Body
» Graphite Reinforced Maple Neck
» Maple or Rosewood Fingerboard
» Contoured Neck Heel
» 34" Scale Length (TXB4)
» 35" Scale Length (TXB5)
» 21 Frets
» 12" Radius Fingerboard
» 1 1/2" or 1 3/4" Nut Width (TXB4)
» 1 7/8" Nut Width (TXB5)
» Bone Nut
» Chrome Hardware
» Hipshot Ultralite Tuners
» Custom Mike Lull T-Bass Pickups
» Full Electrostatic Shielding





Mike Lull T4 / T5 Bass Guitars

Mike’s take on the classic T-Bird style bass takes “the thunder" to a whole new level! The T4 has deep and huge tones reminiscent of that 70’s grunt we all know and love but with a twist of extra sweetness and articulation. This unique tonal difference was accomplished by Mike reverse engineering a set of 1964 T-Bird pickups while adding his own take to the design creating truly earth shattering bassaliciousness!

And here’s another perk — no headstock dive! Yes the original 'Birds had headstocks that just loved to dive to the floor when hands were taken off the bass, Mike has aleviated this issue while at the same time dramatically lowering the weight making the bass’s overall ergonomics much friendlier to the player.

The T5, Mike’s five string version of our famous T4 bass, gives you all the monster sounds of the T4 but with the added low ‘B’ for when you just gotta get that stomach rumbling low down dirty thump only achievable with that fifth string humming away to your touch. With the ‘B’ string thru-body effect you get a true full sound with no loose-string-rattle feel.

      » Classic T-Bird style with a sweet twist

      » Every Mike Lull instrument is hand-built by Mike himself

      » Built in Bellevue, Washington, USA - Just outside Seattle

      » Every Mike Lull instrument gets a PLEK precision fret-leveling

Awesome T-Bird style and tone with friendlier ergonomics.

T4 / T5 Features & Specs

» Mahogany body with Raised Center Section
» Graphite Reinforced Bolt-on Mahogany Neck
» Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard
» Contoured Neck Heel
» 34" Scale Length (34" or 35" for T5)
» 21 Frets
» 12" Radius Fingerboard
» 1 1/2" Nut Width
» Bone Nut
» Custom Chrome Tailpiece and Bridge
» Polished Stainless Steel Saddles
» Hipshot Ultralite Tuners
» Vintage Style Pick-Guard
» Custom Mike Lull T-Bass Pickups
» Full Electrostatic Shielding



Mike Lull NRT4 / NRT5 Bass Guitars

The classic non-reversed T-Bird style bass takes “the thunder" to a whole new level! The NRT4 has deep and huge tones reminiscent of that 70’s grunt we all know and love but with a twist of extra sweetness and articulation. This unique tonal difference was accomplished by Mike reverse engineering a set of 1964 T-Bird pickups while adding his own take to the design creating truly earth shattering bassaliciousness! The NRT4 and NRT5 share the same specifications as the T4 and T5, but with the vintage-style non-reversed body shape.

And here’s another perk — no headstock dive! Yes the original 'Birds had headstocks that just loved to dive to the floor when hands were taken off the bass, Mike has aleviated this issue while at the same time dramatically lowering the weight making the bass’s overall ergonomics much friendlier to the player.

The NRT5, Mike’s five string version of our NRT4 bass, gives you all the monster sounds of the NRT4 but with the added low ‘B’ for when you just gotta get that stomach rumbling low down dirty thump only achievable with that fifth string humming away to your touch. With the ‘B’ string thru-body effect you get a true full sound with no loose-string-rattle feel.

NRT4 / NRT5 Features & Specs

» Mahogany body with Raised Center Section
» Graphite Reinforced Bolt-on Mahogany Neck
» Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard
» Contoured Neck Heel
» 34" Scale Length (34" or 35" for T5)
» 21 Frets
» 12" Radius Fingerboard
» 1 1/2" Nut Width
» Bone Nut
» Custom Chrome Tailpiece and Bridge
» Polished Stainless Steel Saddles
» Hipshot Ultralite Tuners
» Vintage Style Pick-Guard
» Custom Mike Lull T-Bass Pickups
» Full Electrostatic Shielding




Mike Lull PJ4 / PJ5 Bass Guitars

Can’t decide between a Jazz and a ‘P’ style bass? Consider a combo of the two styles with our PJ4 and the five-string PJ5. With a ‘P’ pickup in the neck position and a Jazz in the bridge, this bass gives you versatility all day long!

      » P bass and Jazz bass versatility

      » Every Mike Lull instrument is hand-built by Mike himself

      » Built in Bellevue, Washington, USA - Just outside Seattle

      » Every Mike Lull instrument gets a PLEK precision fret-leveling

We've found the perfect combo of Jazz bass and P Bass sound in the Mike Lull PJ4 and PJ5.

PJ4 / PJ5 Features & Specs

» Alder, Swamp Ash or Mahogany Body
» Graphite Reinforced Maple Neck
» Maple or Rosewood Fingerboard
» Contoured Neck Heel
» 34" Scale Length (34" or 35" for PJ5)
» 21 Frets
» 12" Radius Fingerboard
» 1 3/4" Nut Width (1 7/8" for PJ5)
» Bone Nut
» Chrome Hardware
» Passive Electronics
» Hipshot Ultralite Tuners
» PJ4: Lindy Fralin Vintage "P" Pickup
» PJ4: Lindy Fralin Custom Wound Hum-Canceling "J" Pickup
» PJ5: Custom Wound Vintage "P" Pickup
» PJ5: Custom Wound Hum-Canceling "J" Pickup
» Aluminum Bridge
» Full Electrostatic Shielding



Mike Lull M4V / M5V Bass Guitars

Our leading seller the M4V, (M is for Modern/V is for Vintage) sports a fantastic classic vintage vibe with all the wonderful attributes of a 60's/70's Jazz bass combined with modern active/passive electronics. Above all, playability is Mike's number one goal in each and every build; the M4V hits it on every mark!

Mike's five string version of our best-selling M4V with a booming low 'B' string added for that extra earth shattering thump when needed. Available in 34" or 35" scale with the 'B' string running through the body for extra contact and sustain.

      » M4V & MV5: M is for Modern, V is for Vintage

      » Every Mike Lull bass is hand-built by Mike Lull himself

      » Built in the USA in Bellevue, Washington, just outside of Seattle

      » Every Mike Lull instrument gets a PLEK precision fret-leveling

The M4V is our leading seller, and with good reason.

M4V / M5V Features & Specs

» Alder, Swamp Ash or Mahogany Body
» Graphite Reinforced Maple Neck
» Maple or Rosewood Fingerboard
» Contoured Neck Heel
» 34" Scale Length (34" or 35" for M5V)
» 21 Frets
» 12" Radius Fingerboard
» M4V: 1 1/2" Nut Width
» M5V: 1 7/8" Nut Width and 2 7/8 Neck Width at Body
» Bone Nut
» Chrome Hardware
» Hipshot Ultralite Tuners
» Vintage Style Pick-Guard & Control Plate
» Aguilar or Bartolini Active Tone Circuits
» M4V: Custom Wound Lindy Fralin Single Coil Pickups (Also available in Hum Canceling)
» M5V: Custom Wound Seymour Duncan Basslines Single Coil Pickups (Also available in Hum Canceling)
» Aluminum Bridge
» Full Electrostatic Shielding


Mike Lull M4 / M5 Bass Guitars

The M4 has the same electronics and general specs as the  M4V but with a gorgeous 5A quilted or flame maple top. The M5 has the same electronics and general specs as the  M5V but with a gorgeous 5A quilted or flame maple top with the unique body shape of our M4XL.

      » M4 / M5: Gorgeous quilted maple or flame maple versions of our M4V / M5V

      » Every Mike Lull instrument is hand-built by Mike himself

      » Built in Bellevue, Washington, USA - Just outside Seattle

      » Every Mike Lull instrument gets a PLEK precision fret-leveling

M4 / M5 Features & Specs

» Alder, Swamp Ash or Mahogany Body w/ AAAAA Maple Top
» Graphite Reinforced Maple Neck
» Maple or Rosewood Fingerboard
» Contoured Neck Heel
» 34" Scale length (34" or 35" for M5)
» 21 Frets (24-fret, 2-octave neck for M5)
» 12" Radius Fingerboard
» 1 1/2" Nut Width (1 7/8" for M5)
» Bone Nut
» Chrome Hardware
» Hipshot Ultralite Tuners
» Aguilar or Bartolini Active Tone Circuit
» M4: Lindy Fralin Single-Coil Pickups
» M5: Custom Wound Single-Coil Pickups
» Full Electrostatic Shielding



Mike Lull M4XL Bass Guitar

Our M4 bass with a 24-fret neck and special styling using our M5 body.

      » Classic vintage vibe with 24-fret neck

      » Every Mike Lull instrument is hand-built by Mike himself

      » Built in Bellevue, Washington, USA - Just outside Seattle

      » Every Mike Lull instrument gets a PLEK precision fret-leveling

Get the classic vintage vibe with a 24-fret neck.

M4XL Features & Specs

» Alder, Swamp Ash or Mahogany Body w/AAAAA Maple Top
» Graphite Reinforced Maple Neck
» Maple or Rosewood Fingerboard
» Contoured Neck Heel
» 34" Scale Length
» 24 Fret, Two-Octave Neck
» 12" Radius Fingerboard
» 1 1/2" Nut Width
» Bone Nut
» Chrome Hardware
» Hipshot Ultralite Tuners
» Aguilar or Bartolini Active Tone Circuit
» Lindy Fralin Single Coil Pickups
» Aluminum Bridge
» Full Electrostatic Shielding



Mike Lull JT4 / JT5 Bass Guitars

The JT4 and JT5 combine all the low end thunder of our T-bass with the familiar body shape of our ‘M’ series basses.

      » Classic M-series style with T-bass thunder

      » Every Mike Lull instrument is hand-built by Mike himself

      » Built in Bellevue, Washington, USA - Just outside Seattle

      » Every Mike Lull instrument gets a PLEK precision fret-leveling

Four and five-string versions of our M-series style bass with that T-bass boom.

JT4 / JT5 Features & Specs

» Alder, Swamp Ash or Mahogany Body
» Graphite Reinforced Maple Neck
» Maple or Rosewood Fingerboard
» Contoured Neck Heel
» 34" Scale Length (JT4)
» 35" Scale Length (JT5)
» 21 Frets
» 12" Radius Fingerboard
» 1 1/2" or 1 3/4" Nut Width (JT4)
» 1 7/8" Nut Width (JT5)
» Bone Nut
» Chrome Hardware
» Hipshot Ultralite Tuners
» Custom Mike Lull T-Bass Pickups
» Aluminum Bridge
» Full Electrostatic Shielding



Mike Lull TC4 / TC5 Bass Guitars

Mike’s modern take on a Jazz bass format, our TC4 and TC5 boast Nordstrand Fat-stacks, Aguilar OBP-3 pre-amp, Hipshot D-Tuner, and mini-toggle Mid-Range activation switch for variable “punch” control at your fingertips. Smooth low end, a slightly muted top end and coil tapping available for extra single coil aggressiveness.

      » Modern take on a Jazz bass format

      » Every Mike Lull instrument is hand-built by Mike himself

      » Built in Bellevue, Washington, USA - Just outside Seattle

      » Every Mike Lull instrument gets a PLEK precision fret-leveling

Smooth low end in a modern style Jazz bass.

TC4 / TC5 Features & Specs

» Alder, Swamp Ash or Mahogany Body
» Graphite Reinforced Maple Neck
» Maple or Rosewood Fingerboard
» Contoured Neck Heel
» 34" Scale Length (34" or 35" for TC5)
» 21 Frets
» 12" Radius Fingerboard
» 1 1/2" Nut Width (1 7/8" for TC5)
» Bone Nut
» Chrome Hardware
» Hipshot Ultralite Tuners
» Vintage style pick-guard & control plate
» Aguilar Active Tone Circuits
» Nordstrand Fat Stack Pickups
» Aluminum bridge
» Full Electrostatic Shielding




Mike Lull 54P Bass Guitar

With a contoured body and vintage single-coil pickup the Lull 54P' is reminiscent of the 50's "tele" shaped bass but with all the usual Mike Lull amenities and playability.

      » Contoured body, vintage single-coil pickup

      » Every Mike Lull instrument is hand-built by Mike himself

      » Built in Bellevue, Washington, USA - Just outside Seattle

      » Every Mike Lull instrument gets a PLEK precision fret-leveling

Get the throwback 50's vibe with that Mike Lull touch.

54P Features & Specs

» Alder, Swamp Ash or Mahogany Body
» Graphite Reinforced Maple Neck
» Maple or Rosewood Fingerboard
» Contoured Neck Heel
» 34" Scale Length
» 21 Frets
» 12" Radius Fingerboard
» 1 3/4" Nut Width
» Bone Nut
» Chrome Hardware
» Hipshot Ultralite Tuners
» Passive Electronics
» Lindy Fralin Hum Canceling Split Pickup
» Aluminum Bridge
» Full Electrostatic Shielding



Mike Lull PT4 / PT5 Bass Guitars

Our PT4 and PT5 combine all the low end thunder of our T-bass with the familiar body shapes of our ‘P’ series basses.

      » Classic P-series style with T-bass thunder

      » Every Mike Lull instrument is hand-built by Mike himself

      » Built in Bellevue, Washington, USA - Just outside Seattle

      » Every Mike Lull instrument gets a PLEK precision fret-leveling

Four and five-string versions of our P-series style bass with that T-bass boom.

PT4 / PT5 Features & Specs

» Alder, Swamp Ash or Mahogany Body
» Graphite Reinforced Maple Neck
» Maple or Rosewood Fingerboard
» Contoured Neck Heel
» 34" Scale length (PT4)
» 35" Scale length (PT5)
» 21 Frets
» 12" Radius Fingerboard
» 1 3/4" Nut Width (PT4)
» 1 7/8" Nut Width (PT5)
» Bone Nut
» Chrome Hardware
» Hipshot Ultralite Tuners
» Passive Electronics
» Custom Mike Lull T-Bass Pickup
» Aluminum Bridge
» Full Electrostatic Shielding




Mike Lull V4 / V5 Bass Guitars

The V4 and its 5-string sibling, the V5 are our classic passive electronics Jazz basses with a full size body (compared to our smaller-bodied M4V/M5V).

V4 / V5 Features & Specs

» Alder, Swamp Ash or Mahogany Body
» Graphite Reinforced Maple Neck
» Maple or Rosewood Fingerboard
» Contoured Neck Heel
» 34" Scale Length (34" or 35" for V5)
» 21 Frets
» 12" Radius Fingerboard
» 1 1/2" Nut Width (1 7/8" for V5)
» Bone Nut
» Chrome Hardware
» Hipshot Ultralite Tuners
» Vintage Style Pick-guard and Control Plate
» Passive Electronics
» V4: Lindy Fralin Vintage Single Coil Pickups
» V5: Basslines Custom Shop Vintage Single Coil Pickups
» Aluminum Bridge
» Full Electrostatic Shielding





Mike Lull P4 / P5 Bass Guitars

Mike designed our P4 with the idea of replacing his personal 1964 P-Bass to play at gigs. He feels he absolutely hit it with the sound and vibe of a 50's/60's P-Bass from top to bottom and everywhere in between. Round and sweet tones flow from this classic 'P' with a thump at your fingertips to make your insides rattle!

The P5 (Mike's five string version of our P4) gives you all the classic P-bass sounds but with the extra depth of a low 'B' for when you just gotta get extra low-down.

      » Classic P-Bass sound & vibe

      » Every Mike Lull instrument is hand-built by Mike himself

      » Built in Bellevue, Washington, USA - Just outside Seattle

      » Every Mike Lull instrument gets a PLEK precision fret-leveling

We've found the sweet spot of vintage P Bass sound in a modern instrument, hand-crafted in America.

P4 / P5 Features & Specs

» Alder, Swamp Ash or Mahogany Body
» Graphite Reinforced Maple Neck
» Maple or Rosewood Fingerboard
» Contoured Neck Heel
» 34" Scale Length (34" or 35" for P5)
» 21 Frets
» 12" Radius Fingerboard
» 1 3/4" Nut Width (1 7/8" for P5)
» Bone Nut
» Chrome Hardware
» Hipshot Ultralite Tuners
» Passive Electronics
» P4: Lindy Fralin Vintage "P" Pickup
» P5: Custom Wound Vintage "P" Pickup
» Aluminum Bridge
» Full Electrostatic Shielding



Mike Lull’s Pacific Northwest roots run deep. In 1954 he was born 50 miles east of the Pacific Coast in the valley of Eugene, Oregon. Five years later, his family moved north to Bellevue, Washington—a newly incorporated small city just ten miles east of Seattle and its thriving music scene. Mike couldn’t have known it then, but this move to the Puget Sound area would eventually shape his life as a musician and luthier in immeasurable ways.

 

In 1970, when he was sixteen, Mike took his first job repairing guitars for a local guitar shop. There he was able to cultivate his gifts and talents, while building the solid foundation that he needed to become a luthier. Soon, word got around that Mike did exceptional work and he developed a positive reputation among local musicians. As his positive reputation grew, so did his dream of opening his own business.

 

This dream became a reality when, in 1975, he opened Mike Lull’s Guitar Works in his hometown of Bellevue.  He was just twenty-one at the time and at the beginning of what would quickly become a successful, lifelong career. Over the next few years his business grew wildly—especially when he started building his own custom basses and guitars. That was when his now-legendary fretwork and fine-tuning started to attract the attention of artists from many musical genres, including jazz, pop, metal, classic rock, blues and country—to name just a few.

 

Around the same time that his business started taking off, Mike became a working bass player in the Seattle music scene. His experiences as an active musician helped him to further develop his unique understanding of playability and tone, which eventually inspired him to launch the Mike Lull Custom Guitar and Bass lines in 1995. Since the launch of these two lines, Mike’s business has continued to grow and he has created and repaired instruments for thousands of artists from around the world, including Randy Jackson, Bob Dylan, Heart, Queesnryche, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Death Cab for Cutie, Willie Weeks and Mike Merrit.


To this day, Mike continues to hand build and test each and every bass and guitar that leaves his shop. He works with each customer creating a custom instrument to fit their individual needs and desires.


Mike continues to play bass professionally and is currently gigging with three different local bands. He has been married to his wife Julie (Music degree from Vassar-guitar/flute/keyboard) for 23 years and has 4 children. Bellevue is no longer the small city that he moved to in 1959, but he still calls it home and works directly out of his storefront and shop on Northeast 20th Street. Tom Albert and Jeff Hoppe assist him as fellow luthiers in the shop and Paul Schuster tends to sales and operations as General Manager.




What is a Plek?

The Plek is a computer controlled fret leveling machine. It can level frets to within .001 mm accuracy. This kind of precision can not be matched by doing the job by hand.

How to get the best playing guitar?

Most players dream of having comfortable, smooth action on a guitar. With the PLEK, the most optimal string action possible for any instrument can be realized. This gives the individual musician an instrument that plays exactly the way he has dreamed of. Optimal playability on a guitar makes it sounds better with notes that ring true and clean. There is no fret buzz under normal playing conditions and the intonation problems that occur because of high string action, are eliminated. You can hear and feel the difference.

Plek scans neck with strings up to pitch?

When we take a look at a guitar neck, it is important that the guitar is under string tension and in playing condition when measured. The Plek measures the instruments neck and fret height with the instrument strung up to pitch. The computer ascertained a 3-D like graph of the fret board surface, including the position and height of the strings. Thanks to the PLEK SCAN the relief of the neck made by the string tension is taken into account while calculating the process-parameters. The operator then has the ability to manipulate the parameters to give the player an optimal playing instrument.

Can any guitar or bass be Plek'd?

Almost all acoustic and electric instruments, from any manufacturer can be put on the machine.

 

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