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Xotic XP-1T 4 Forest Metallic Green, 2018


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Xotic have been raising the bar on custom built Leo Fender designed instruments and now enter the field with a stunning 4 string P bass to die for. Classic looks, supreme build quality, state-of-the-art pickups and preamp and amazing playability and response.

Here is a pre-owned bass in superb 9.6/10 condition with gig bag/case

Weight: 9lb 1oz/4.1kg

Actual bass shown, click on images to enlarge;

To this day, the P-bass continues to charm many musicians with its heavy tone and burly, yet gracious sound. The Xotic XP-1T (P-bass Style) was created borrowing some of the popular technologies of our XJ-1T 5-string (J-bass Style), like our Tri-Logic Bass Preamp, our pursuit of natural playability and a body style that promotes acoustical sustain. To accompany our new XP-1T bass, we've designed a new pickup, the Xotic PV-1. We're confident that this new pickup will satisfy your needs for a fat and solid sound.

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 XP-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 Hip Shot A Style for the 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.

A medium-weight swampash materials are used for the body. These woods give the XP series a solid low and low-mid range tone. Something lighter weighted bodies can't achieve.

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.

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.

2 coil bobbins for 1~2 string and 3~4 string are wired in series for the P-Bass style pickup. 2 coils are configured to cancel the hum noise, wired with reversed-magnet and reversed-winding.

This symmetrical design gives us very effective hum canceling. In the case of 5-string, 2 coils do not have symmetrical design. This could lower the effectiveness of the hum canceling, and also cause tendency for the larger coil bobbin to sound boomier.

For the XP-1T, we needed a pickup that could eliminate all of these problems, while equalizing the tone of the Low-B with all the other strings. By using the Alnico 5 magnet which has equalized magnet, choosing wires that are most suitable for each of the 2 coils, and by implementing a different coil design, we were successful in adding a Low-B sound that fits well with solid and heavy sound of the P-Bass.

We used our world renowned Tri-logic 2 preamp. The preamp is designed to minimize the change in tonal quality and incorporates a 3 band EQ. The preamps and EQ makes it ideal for covering a wide range of musical styles.

We improved the preamps functionality by positioning 2 mini toggle switches, just below the bridge, so you can instantly switch between high-mid/low-mid and various treble EQ frequencies.

The Tri-Logic 2's electrical circuit is redesigned with amplifying element for reduced electric al consumption and noise, for better tone and longer battery life.

As with our previous models, it is also equipped with 2 series-connected 006P battery for the 18V drive, giving you ample headroom that enables you to enjoy the extremely clean low B sound. our previous models, it

is also equipped with 2 series-connected 006P battery for the

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 P-Bass.

1) Volume (Push:Active, Pull:Passive)

2) Tone

3) Bass EQ

4) Mid EQ

5) Treble EQ

6) Mini SW (Mid/Bright)

SW1 (MidSwitch):Off/On-@400Hz/800Hz - ±12dB

SW2 (BrightSwitch):Off/On-@6KHz/12K - ±18dB

7) Active Output Gain Control



BODY: Alder

COLOR: Gloss

NECK: 22F Rosewood

NECK FINISH:  Oil Finish

NUT: Pure Bone

FRET: Jescar Silver Nickel (#6150 type)


TUNER: HipShot Ultra Light

BRIDGE: HipShot A Brass Chrome

CONTROL: 1 Vol, 1 Tone, 3-Band EQ Xotic Bass Preamp, 2 x mid frequency Switches, (Output Gain Control on rear on bass)

SWITCH: Pull 1st Vol for Passive/Active



STRINGS: D'Addario

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

* Pre-set gain control to boost gain by one to three times (located in back panel for easy access).

* 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)

Xotic Bass Preamp Frequency Specification

Tri-logic 2 Bass Preamp:Three Band EQ (high, mid, low) boost & cut. Center position produces flat,unaltered sound, with no added tonal coloration.

* Mini Toggle Switch - Use the Switch closer to the headstock to switch the mid-frequencies (400Hz/800Hz), and the other Switch to switch the treble-frequencies (6Hz/12kHz).

* Pre-set gain control to boost gain by one to three times (located in back panel for easy access).

* 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)

Tri-logic 2 Bass Preamp Frequency Specification

SW1 (MidSwitch):Off/On-@400Hz/800Hz - ±12dB

SW2 (BrightSwitch):Off/On-@6KHz/12K - ±18dB

LOW: @20Hz, +10dB, -10dB

Neck Scale: 34 inch

Weight: tbc

Nut width on 5 string: 46.9mm (1.848 inch)

Neck width at the last fret on 5 string: 73.9mm (2.913 inch)

String Spacing at the bridge: 19.0mm (0.748 inch)

Xotic Bass Brochure Downlaod.pdf

Other 5 string P basses to consider;

Xotic XJ-1t 5-string Bass

Stuart Clayton gets to grips with the latest offering from us-bass builder, Xotic.

Bass Guitar Magazine 51 (Feb 2011)

The select three-piece maple neck attaches to the body via a four-bolt joint

Having started out as a custom bass manufacturer in the mid 90s, LA bass builders Xotic followed the success of their flagship XB model with the XJ-1T 5, borrowing from the time honoured Jazz Bass blueprint. Tricked out with Lindy Fralin pickups and a seriously well appointed control set, the XJ-1T 5 looks set to appeal to the working pro who needs to cover a lot of different stylistic ground, and has already been well received by the likes of Nashville session ace Michael Rhodes and Ric Fierabracci. Let’s take a closer look.

Body & Neck

The one-piece alder body features the familiar Jazz-style shaping and feel, but it’s a look that is brought firmly into the 21st century courtesy of the uniquely shaped scratchplate with circular cutaway, ebony pickup covers and extensive control set. Our review model was finished in gorgeous black cherry with a three-ply pearloid scratchplate, and we didn’t have to look far to find signs of the superior workmanship and innovation that Xotic basses are known for. We loved the recessed circular areas for each control pot, as well as the curved pickup tops – these make for comfortable thumb rests. Flipping the bass over revealed chunky chrome string holders for the throughbody stringing option and a control plate featuring access points to two trim pots – more on these later. The four-bolt neck joint was of plate-less design, with the four screws sitting in large, recessed chrome ferrules. We were rather taken with the use of chunky chrome Hipshot hardware – not only does it add an impression of supreme dependability, but it looks pretty cool as well. The select three-piece maple neck benefits from a smooth, oil finish and a sleek profile that’s quick and easy to get around. The rosewood fingerboard was a suitable counterpart to the maple neck, but we found the mother-ofpearl position markers to be quite dark and difficult to see in places against the rosewood. Fretwork was exemplary right across the fingerboard.

Hardware & Parts

Chrome Hipshot hardware is used throughout the XJ-1T, from the heavyweight Type A bridge (actually brass chrome) to the open-backed elephantear tuning machines.  However, one of the most eye-catching parts is the use of ebony pickup covers. Lindy Fralin JB pickups are employed here, and the wooden covers really are aesthetically very pleasing against the black-cherry body and the pearl scratchplate. The XJ-1T features an extensive control set that offers the user a lot of options. The three chrome controls are, as one would expect on a J-style instrument, volume controls for each pickup and a master tone. The two pickup controls also have push/pull functionality, with the neck control allowing active/passive switching and the bridge control offering series/parallel switching. The remaining three controls are bass, middle and treble EQ controls. The trim pots, which are accessible with a small screwdriver through the control plate on the rear side of the bass, allow the adjustment of the mid-EQ frequency and the active gain. There are four positions for the mid-EQ control.


In passive mode the XJ- 1T functions as any J-style instrument should do, and the usual tonal palette is easy to navigate; favouring the neck pickup yields old-school Miller-esque slap tones, while the neck pickup adds bite, perfect for fingerstyle funk. Those acquainted with this familiar configuration will have no problems getting around the instrument in passive mode. In active mode the three band EQ is engaged and offers an additional array of supremely usable tones. With the combination of series/parallel switching the XJ- 1T really is extremely well appointed and offers a bass sound for all situations. Th e combination of the Xotic bass preamp and the Lindy Fralin pickups is a winner. Impressive stuff .


Sonically this bass is superb. It sang beautifully on our covers gig and we found suitable tones for all styles and loved the ever present growl that underpins the tonal palette. It’s well weighted, if a little on the neck-heavy side, but no hardship to wear for an evening of playing. The neck is slick and easy to get around and the action was set just right. At £2,299 the XJ-T1 is far from cheap, but when you take into consideration the fact that it is handmade in the US and offers pretty much everything a working pro would ever need, that price tag seem less of an obstacle. A lovely bass, and well worth a look if you’re in the market for a high-end instrument to last you a lifetime.






PRICE: £2,299

Made in: USA

Body: Alder

Neck: Select 3-piece maple

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Scale: 863 mm (34 inches)

Pickups: Lindy Fralin JB

Preamp: Xotic bass preamp

Controls: 2 x volume, master tone, active/passive and series/parallel switching, 3-band EQ: treble, middle, bass. Adjustable mid-range frequencies, adjustable gain control

Hardware: Chrome, Hipshot

Colours: Black cherry (as reviewed), candy orange, vintage white


Plus: A very versatile bass that’s a pleasure to play.

Minus: None, other than the price tag!

Overall: A superb pro bass from Xotic.


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Optional; colours, Black Cherry, Candy Orange, Vintage White


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