Xotic XJ-1T 5 “Lightweight” Five string bass, Surf green Bass Direct , five string, fretted, bolt on, active, passive USA, Hand made, Masterbuilt, Custom Shop - UK Basses specialist Warwick bass



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Xotic XJ-1T 5 “Lightweight”  Electrum Metallic (list £2699)


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Here is the new “lightweight” XJ basses from Xotic in the USA. Utilising their perfect recipe for the classic J bass and now with a slimmer body and neck. The usual high end components are on board with a new Xotic 3 band preamp.

Weight: 4kg/9lb

Actual bass shown, click on images to enlarge;

Inheriting the feel and the tone of Vintage Jazz Bass, this 5-String bass will broaden your performance possibilities and with it's high quality preamp, it provides modern sounds that will enable you to perform in any environment. Within this bass reside 2 different sounds, vintage and modern. We are now able to offer you the sound quality proven through vigorous professional use, and precise craftsmanship at an affordable price.

Trusted for its quality and precision, we chose the Hipshot Ultra lite for the machine heads. They are durable and lightweight, which helps for longevity and prevents head dive.

For the XJ-1T, adjustments can be made at the end for the neck with the special hex Allen wrench. There is no need to remove the neck or the pick guard to make the adjustment.

Xotic's manufacturing process improves the stability of the neck. Under normal conditions and use, the neck's consistency should remain strong and steady, but minor adjustment of the Truss rod may be required under harsher environment or changes in season. We've made the adjustments very easy with the placement of the Truss Rod.

The XJ series uses a custom brass chrome bridge because its brass alloy doesn't lose any vibrations from the strings, giving it fat and solid tone. This bridge provides adjustments to the pitch and tension of each string giving you your own custom setup.

The new lightweight XJ series features medium weight alder that is slimmer front to back which typically puts the weight of bass at under 9lb.

Our alder bodies feature 2 piece construction, while our ash bodies are 3 piece. The 3 piece ash body construction is more reminiscent of 70's jazz type ash bodies.

The XJ 5-string series pickups are positioned with vintage 60's style in mind. This makes the XJ versatile for both slap and finger style playing.

The XJ's body style is based on an original Jazz Bass design, but Xotic's vision and enhancements are reflected throughout its design. For example, the rounded heel of the neck joint and the cut away. These improvements significantly improve playability in higher positions and give a stress free feel.

We wanted a finish that was strong and would look great after many hours of playing. Our polyurethane finish accomplished our goal and we can now offer a variety of colours, from vintage to more modern shades.

Our hand carved C-shape neck is finished with a light oil rub, using our own Xotic XP-OG1 oil. The shape and finish provides a smooth texture and stress free playing

The XJ fingerboard tone wood options are Maple or Rosewood. These tone woods are carefully selected and chosen for their hard-grained material. Our fingerboard features a 10" radius, which is a gentler curve than vintage spec, and is adorned with Luminova phosphorescent position markers. These markers are a perfect choice when performing on a dark stage as they glow 10 times brighter and last longer than other comparable materials.

Our 5-string models are accommodated with a 22F neck, better adapted for modern style playing. The rigidity of our 5-string necks allow for a solid ringing of the low B, something lacking on other 5-string models.

Jescar Fret Wire is an industry standard fret wire that is chosen for its high quality and used by makers such as Gibson, Martin and Tom Anderson. It is trusted for its superior precision and durability. We used the FW9665 model for the XJ-1T series, which has the proper height and trusted stability in pitch. The fret is carefully finished, providing you a stress free feel.

For the XJ-1T pickups, we used the traditional Alnico 5 rod magnet, AWG-42 formvar wire, and Vulcan fibre bobbins. Both 4-string and 5-string model have vintage flavour as its base, but with higher gain. The higher gain offers richer sound in both passive and active modes.

Our standard pickup configurations include Lindy Fralin custom pickups. We strengthened the magnetic force to improve overall response. This resulted in quality of the tone being brighter with a more solid bottom, which makes these pickups more compatible with our newly developed Tri-logic 2 preamp.

For the pickups in our 5-string model, extra care was taken configuring the distances between each pole pieces and also for the magnetisation process. We made sure that the tone of the low B string matches all other strings.

New to this bass is the Xotic 3 band eq system which is quiet and very easy to use. You have both active and passive modes with volume, pan, passive tone, treble, mid, bass.

The new and improved Xotic Gig Bag version is more convenient to carry around! Heavy-duty, completely safe and you can now enjoy the slim design of the Gig Bag.

18V drive,

This flat pickup cover also functions as a finger ramp.

There are also thumb rests on the side that are helpful for stabilizing your picking.

And since the pole pieces are not bare, this visually attractive cover also eliminates the noise from fingers or pick which are prevalent for the Jazz Bass.


BODY: Swamp ash (thinner body)

COLOR: Electrum Metallic

NECK: 22F Rosewood, 34” scale, Neck width at the last fret on 5 string: 73.9mm

NECK FINISH:  Oil Finish, Thinner neck front to back

NECK Dimensions:

1F: 21mm (0.827 inches)

12F: 24mm (0.945 inches)

Width at last fret: 74mm(2.913 inches)

NUT: Pure Bone, 47mm width

FRET: Jescar Silver Nickel (#6150 type)


TUNER: HipShot Ultra Light

BRIDGE: HipShot B Aluminium Chrome, 18mm string spacing

CONTROL: 1 Vol, 1 x Pan, 1 Tone, 3-Band EQ Xotic Bass Preamp, (Output Gain Control on rear on bass)

SWITCH: Pull 1st Vol for Passive/Active




Xotic Bass Preamp: Three Band EQ (high, mid, low) boost & cut. Center position produces flat, unaltered sound, with no added tonal coloration.

* 18V drive is for more headroom, which allows incoming signals to pass through cleanly, without clipping the high-end or low-end frequencies. (Requires two 9V batteries


Tel: 01926 886433

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