Luthier Rick Turner has teamed up with Michael Kelly Guitars to release a licensed line of his Renaissance instruments, including the Renaissance Bass. Turner, who co-founded Alembic in 1970, has been making the series by hand up until now.
The Michael Kelly MKB4SB Renaissance Bass is a chambered acoustic 4-string bass built with an okumé body, mahogany neck, and rosewood fingerboard. Its center block is also mahogany, and the body is adorned with abalone purfling. The Rick Turner-designed bridge has a 7-degree saddle tilt and strings through the body.
For electronics, the MKB4SB is fitted with a USA-made Seymour Duncan/Rick Turner D-TAR System that consists of a piezo pickup, a condenser microphone, and an 18-volt preamp that’s tuned to improve sound reproduction in live situations.
The Michael Kelly MKB4SB-MK Rick Turner-Licensed 4-String Bass made its debut at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville this week. It will begin shipping in September with a MSRP of $1,015.
Michael Kelly/Turner-Licensed Renaissance MKB4SB Bass Specs:
|Neck Finish:||Natural Satin|
|Body Shape:||Turner Renaissance|
|Body Material:||Okoumé w/ Abalone Purfling|
|Center Block Material:||Mahogany|
|Bridge:||Rick Turner Design w/ 7 degree saddle tilt – Strings through body|
|Electronics:||USA made Seymour Duncan/Rick Turner D-TAR System|
|Finish:||High Gloss Sunburst|
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Michael Kelly Guitars