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  2. Export price outside EU £2291. Shipping cost (from): USA £100, Australia £100, Mainland EU £30

  3. 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!

  4. 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 alleviated this issue while at the same time dramatically lowering the weight making the bass’s overall ergonomics much friendlier to the player.

  5. 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.

  6. Actual instrument show - please click on images to enlarge;


Hand built by master craftsman, Mike Lull and his team of skilled luthiers in Seattle, Lull basses have been making fine quality instruments since 1977. Mike's interpretation of the classic Thunderbird has been adopted by some of the world's best known T'bird players included Jeff Ament who now has his own signature model. A refined and finely tuned bass that is fast to play and has huge tone, ideal for rock music.


  1. Mike Lull T5 - (List price £4050)

  2. Mahogany Body with Raised centre section Body

  3. White Pearloid pickguard

  4. Classicburst finish

  5. Mahogany graphite reinforced neck

  6. Contoured neck/heel

  7. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, 12" radius

  8. 21 frets

  9. Bone nut, 1 7/8" width at nut

  10. 35" scale

  11. White pearloid inlays

  12. Volume, Volume, Passive tone

  13. Custom built Lull T pickups

  14. Full electrostatic shielding

  15. Custom Tailpiece and bridge in chrome 19mm string spacing

  16. Polished stainless steel saddles

  17. Hipshot ultralight tuners in chrome

  18. Instrument fully Pleck'd

  19. Fitted hardcase

  20. Weight: 8lb 7oz/3.8kgs


















Mike Lull

PT5 Bass

Sam Wise steps up for a Lull in the action...


050 Bass Guitar Magazine

W e’re going to guess you’ve never heard of Mike Lull. We make our living from knowing about boutique luthiers, and we were barely aware of him – and yet his instruments are seen on stage with Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Foo Fighters, Joe Bonamassa and BB King to name but a few. Mike was working in guitar repairs at 16 and running Mike Lull’s Guitar Works at 21, becoming particularly well known for his fretwork and the playability of instruments he had set up. In 1995, he began making his own line of custom instruments, and we are privileged to have one of these magnificent, but low-profile, instruments in our hands. This one perhaps flies under the radar a little, with a classic P-style body with bolt-on neck and pickups from the trouser-flapping wonder bruiser that is the Thunderbird.


Body And Neck

Mike has taken no liberties with the PT5 body: it’s Precision Bass all the way. Shape, pickguard, control layout, everything is as Leo would have, and indeed did make it, except perhaps the paint job. Opening the lovely vintage-style cream and brown hard case, the blue sparkle finish nestling in the blue fur within seems to channel the 70s: in fact, Bootsy Collins might lean over your shoulder at any moment and take the PT5 for himself. The neck is bolt-on, as it should be, but the quality of Lull’s work shows here: where a Fender would have a chrome neck plate to buffer the bolts, Lull has his sitting in recessed washers which look very classy. The 35” scale neck is graphite-reinforced maple, and the fingerboard is a lovely piece of figured maple: not quite birdseye, but close enough. Too much quilting on a fingerboard might be over-ostentatious and distracting, but this works beautifully, and feels very luxurious. The neck itself is very comfortable, feeling relatively narrow for a 5-string, in a positive way. 4-string players will not feel excessively stretched, especially near the nut, and yet there’s plenty of string spacing to avoid any feelings of cramp.


Hardware

The body might be pure Precision, but the hardware is emphatically not. Instead of Fender’s classic stepped pickup, the PT5 has a pair of pickups which are the result of Lull reverse-engineering Gibson Thunderbird pickups and adding a little twist of his own. They make a big, menacing, chrome-y statement which would tell anyone with a smattering of bass knowledge that what they are about to hear is no ordinary Precision bass. The fret job is flawless, as you would expect from a luthier who built his reputation on playability and makes much of the PLEK fret levelling system used in his shop: each of the 21 frets is perfectly seated and filed, as well as being beautifully level. The aluminium bridge looks very solid and is fully adjustable, while at the other end there’s a bone nut. Truss rod access is a doddle, with an opening at the end of the fingerboard, and the trademark Mike Lull headstock has five Hipshot Ultralite tuners. These look 100 per cent traditional from the front, with their ‘big ear’ buttons, but from the back they’re ultra-modern, and are accurate and smooth in operation. The on-board controls, a simple volume, tone and mix control, are passive and operated straightforwardly from their knurled chrome dials.


Sounds

This might look like a Precision, but it really doesn’t sound like one; with those two mighty T-Bird pickups, it’s thunder all the way for the PT5. With the tone down all the way, it enters territory that’s too muddy to be usable, but you don’t have to come back up very far before you’re overwhelmed by the commanding power and depth of the tone. Punch is resolutely out to lunch: even with the tone wound right open, you need serious EQ surgery on the amp to make this bass sound funky for slap, but that’s missing the point. This bass is all about the low-down and the power; you can get smooth, cello-like J-bass tones, but for all the Fender ergonomics, this bass wants to sound like a Gibson, and classic rock tones bellow from it as though John Entwistle himself were on the frets. Things do smooth out the more you move to the neck pickup, but head for the bridge and you’ll get a really fat, aggressive tone which will drive your amp to break up beautifully if you let it.


Conclusion

The PT5 is perfect for those who want the thundering tone of a Gibson bass, but don’t want the exhibitionist look of a Thunderbird. It’ll provide you with all the depth you need to push the audience’s stomachs through their backs, especially in the 5-string version, but with the relative anonymity of P-bass styling. Everything about this bass screams workmanlike, usable quality; it’s a bass you’d be happy to play every night, and while it’s not cheap, it’s worth every penny. This is a bass which will love you right back.


Technical Specification Mike Lull PT5 Bass:

Price £2050

Made In USA

Scale Length 35”

Frets 21

Nut Bone

Neck Maple

Fingerboard Figured maple

Body Alder

Pickup Custom Mike Lull T-Bass Pickup

Tuners Hipshot Ultralite

Controls Passive volume, tone and mix

Bridge Aluminium, fully adjustable

Colours Red sparkle, blue sparkle, three colour sunburst and many other finishes available

Plus Huge tone, menacing pickups distinguish the looks, great quality

Minus The very bassiest tones can be muddy

Overall A professional’s tool, made to the highest standards


What We Think

Build Quality 5/5

Sound Quality 5/5




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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