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The Tonemaster is a new direction in sound and concept for bass guitars. 
Although it looks like a hollow body bass, it is 100% solid body. The basic idea is to extend the frequency range through greater overall string length, which alters the string response, and transmitting that broadened string energy through a low inertia bridge assembly to a thin, high resonance solid body shaped like a large, light 1.5 inch thick flat plate.

The result is a bass with the tonal complexity of an upright acoustic bass with the power, punch and articulation of an electric bass. The Tonemaster sounds like no other bass. It will change how you play and think about bass. 
The result is a bass that produces an unusually live acoustic sound, with an extremely clear voice due to the greater string length and the resulting changes in string vibration. It combines the depth and punch of an electric bass with the sonic complexity of an acoustic upright bass or cello. Unlike a Jazz or Precision bass, the sensitivity to plucking is increased because the magnets extend continuously under the strings, rather than individual poles on either side.  

Features: 

  Ziricote, or any other exotic wood top
  lightweight Swamp Ash body
  set Rock Maple neck
  Rosewood Fretboard 
  5 ply Flame Maple top and side binding
  34" scale length
  ultra thin, hand-rubbed lacquer finish.
  Single M&V modified Kent Armstrong 
     Lipstick  Tube Humbucking Pickup.
  Abalone Dot Fret Markers
  Comfort-contoured back   \

  Controls:

   Pickup Function Toggle:                             (Belly-cut showing thinnest 7/8" cross section of body)

   Down= Parallel-Humbucking 
             (broadest sound)                                     
   Middle= Non-Humbucking 
             (single bridge coil thinnest sound)                
   Up= Series-Humbucking                                   
         (deeper lows + mids, cut highs) 

   Stacked Knobs contol:                                            

   Volume 
   Gain- Center Detent= Flat 
   Treble Boost/Cut- Center Detent= Flat 
   Bass Boost/Cut- Center Detent= Flat 
   Mid Boost/Cut- Center Detent= Flat 
   Mid Parametric Sweep- Changes boosted 
                    or cut frequency curve center 

MSRP $3600
To faithfully reproduce and enhance those acoustic characteristics, the Tonemaster Series features an East active 3 band tone shaping circuit imported from England. Unlike other similar-appearing hollowbody basses, this bass features a standard Fender-style 34 inch scale, and extended-length through-body stringing. Part of the overall concept is that while it has the appearance of a hollowbody, is is actually an extremely thin solid body that makes it much more akin to a Fender Jazz Bass than a Gretsch or Framus bass. 

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