Ansir Music is sponsoring an incredible custom bass giveaway (valued at $2,000) to help all you bassists kick off spring 2011. Ansir’s founder, Jody Michael, will consult with the lucky winner to craft their one-of-a kind bass that is perfect in every way.
The Ansir Secret—It’s in their US Patented Technology
Ansir Music is custom bass builder based in Ohio consisting of the team of founder Jody Michael and designer and artist-level woodworker Deric Smith. Ansir is not your typical custom shop — Ansir Music’s basses incorporate patented technology that helps bassists preserve their strength and stamina so they can play and sound their best.
Ansir’s first patent is an angled neck technology, providing an individualized angle of play, manufactured directly into each bassist’s own custom bass.
Mainstream basses offer necks built on the horizontal plane, forcing the player to lift the neck up into the comfortable playing position creating less than ideal playing conditions and unnecessary player stress.
Ansir’s second patent involves the square inlays on their instruments, offering a three-dimensional look, and an incredible tone.
More details on Ansir’s patents are available on their website.
Ansir’s team to closely collaborate with contest’s winner
The lucky No Treble reader who wins the contest will get a custom-built Ansir bass, designed in careful collaboration with The Ansir team. After the bass is completed, videos of the building process will be posted so you and other bassists can see how the lucky winner’s dream bass came into being.
The Options Behind Ansir’s Winning Sound + Playability!
First stop is Ansir’s patented playing angle technology. Ansir’s team will work personally with the winner to determine their perfect playing angle, so the winner’s bass is ergonomically designed just for them.
Then, the winner will make choices from the wide variety of state-of-the-art features Ansir offers in every custom bass build, including:
Woods for beauty and great tone: Ansir hand selects all of their exotic tone woods with the support of one of the nation’s most experienced major distributors. Careful consultation with each bassist matches the right tone and look creating a bass that’s personally right for them. Ansir’s team is fanatical about the the wood selection part of the build process. To help bassists gain a meaningful understanding of “Ansir-available” wood species and their properties the Ansir team has compiled a list of their favorites, matched with each wood’s characteristics.
Tone Inlays applied using patented sound enhancing technology: Ansir’s patented approach adds a beautiful, three-dimensional look and also offers incredible tone enhancements.
Ansir crafts beautiful custom basses. Building on the beauty of each bass Ansir relentlessly focuses on the sound each hand crafted instrument produces—Ansir recognizes tone and overall sound are fundamental to great performing experiences.
Jody and Deric consider it an honor to be working with many of the finest natural, exotic materials gathered at Ansir Music for use in custom basses. Each wood has astonishing tonal qualities; allowing Ansir to build instruments that sound as incredible as they look.
Check out this video and see what we mean:
Hardware – Nothing but the best for getting your sound: Depending on your tone preferences, Ansir will recommend the right premium hardware to meet your goals. Ansir is in development with their own bridges, tail stocks and pickups.
Jody says it best, “We use premium hardware chosen for their tone qualities, not marketing appeal. We will make suggestions for your bass depending on your tone preferences. With our tool and die background, you can be assured of a high precision piece of hardware. Your bass will be set up according to your playing style.”
Electronics – True bass tone and sound captured: Ansir is all about passive electronics! During the consultation, they’ll discuss your tone preferences to bring you the right sound.
Continuing his explanation of Ansir’s philosophy Jody explains, “We are firm believers in passive electronics only! We feel active electronics over condition the sound and the true tone of the bass cannot be captured. Any and all sound shaping should happen after the bass i.e., Amp, DI, Mixing Board (you get the idea).”
During each custom bass build the Ansir team and their bassist client discuss tone preferences. We then use a proprietary passive wiring and circuitry technology to create the tone each bassist desires along with a wide parameter of complementary tones.”
Check out this video and see what we mean:
Finishing – Ansir covers it all: Smooth-as-glass, high-gloss catalyzed urethane, hand-rubbed satin lacquers, or traditional oil and wax finishes. For bassists who love wood in its natural state, Ansir will apply craftsmanship that showcases each wood’s natural beauty letting the grain and coloration of the wood shine through each quality finish.
Ansir is also expert in providing dye-tone finishes and effects if a colored finish is preferred. For those who prefer a colored finish, Ansir offers dye toned finishes and effects in any color or combinations of colors. Just a touch of shading or an all out sunburst, you choose.
If you’re more adventurous, Ansir offers specialty finishes, such as our metal variegated leaf finish, metals including silver, copper, and even genuine 24k gold.
Regardless of the finish you choose, at Ansir Music, you can be assured your Ansir bass will feature the highest quality products available which will be applied with the utmost of skill, providing your instrument with a beauty and durability, designed to last for many years to come.
Body designs – looking good and playing great: All bodies are first designed around a player’s requirement and style of play and can be fitted with Ansir’s custom thumb rest cut-a-way or their bottom cut-a-way for slap players or flat top.
Based on player demand, Ansir is continually adding new body styles and wood combinations to their bass line up. All Ansir bodies are designed to have an elegant and classy look and feel. They are all truly works of art. The body is given a tone test to find its sweet spot so it can be faithfully maintained and oriented near the pickup.
Necks engineered and manufactured for high performance: Ansir takes full advantage of the benefits bolt on necks offer bassists. Experience has shown Ansir the separate construction bolt on necks utilized in Ansir basses are the way to go; they feature perfect scale length and an envelope of sturdiness which can be maintained. These unique “bolt on characteristics” help with sustain and in eliminating dead spots over the entire register of the neck. Once the neck is secured, using the strictest dimensions, into the patented angled neck pocket, the tone, sustain and feel of Ansir basses are second to none.
Jody further explains, “While we are not sold on through body necks at Ansir, we have experimented with them but have yet to produce one that sounds and sustains as well as our bolt on necks. We now offer what we call our “Bolt Through System.” This is a process of building a three piece body with the center being one solid piece of an exotic tone wood. We secure the neck to this center piece. What we are trying to achieve is the “best of both worlds”.
What are you waiting for? Enter Ansir’s contest right now and keep your fingers crossed!
The contest ends April 25th, 2011. Enter below!
For more information on Ansir Music, visit their website.
Ansir Music Giveaway Contest Rules: This contest is designed as a promotion for Ansir Music and is void where prohibited. One winner will be randomly chosen from the submissions received. One entry per person, and a valid email address is required. Participants must be of legal age, and this contest is subject to all applicable federal state and local laws. By participating, the entrant agrees to release, discharge and hold harmless Ansir Music and No Treble from any and all liabilities claims and actions. The prize carries no warranty. No purchase necessary.