A few months ago, Jordan Brown sent us some pictures of a bass he was having made. I knew even before it was finished that it was going to be a killer bass, and it looks like I was right.
Brown, who is an active player in London, reached out to Italian luthier Matteo Rufini to build an instrument that would be versatile enough to cover all his gigs. “I saw one of his instruments on his Facebook page and was captivated by the sheer beauty and perfection of his craftsmanship. It was not my kind of bass, but it radiated that special energy that only those instruments made with love and an obsessive attention for detail have. He was the man to make my dream bass a reality. I got in touch with him and we teamed up. We started throwing around ideas, discussing design and in general having loads of fun.”
The end result is the Rufini Precision IV Custom Vintage Series bass. The bass is built around a 2-piece alder body that’s covered in an aged Fender Daphne Blue nitro lacquer finish. Rufini rounded the bass’s aesthetic out with a Fender vintage aged and Schaller aged tuners. Its neck is a single piece of quartersawn flame maple that holds 24 frets with custom abalone inlays. The bass has an interesting P/MM pickup configuration featuring Tesla Pickups.
“The pickup configuration was actually the original reason why I wanted a new instrument,” Brown writes. “The layout is pretty straightforward: I have a P bass pickup in the traditional neck position, so I can cover the classic rock and Motown tones and then a beefy Music Man humbucker near the bridge, when I need some funk / modern (ish) / heavy rock gnarl. The humbucker comes with a three position switch that gives further tonal options: I can run it in parallel, series or single coil mode. Pair that with the option to blend the front and back magnets and you end up with a tone monster!”
Matteo Rufini Precision IV Custom Vintage Series Bass Photos:
Matteo Rufini Precision IV Custom Vintage Series Bass Specs:
|Neck:||1 piece Quartersawn Flame Maple|
|Fretboard:||“Curved board” flame maple|
|Finish:||Nitro laquer “Fender Daphne Blue” aged|
|Bridge:||Fender vintage aged|
|Machine heads:||Schaller aged|
|Pickups:||Tesla pick-up, Precision PU & MM PU with series-split-parallel|
|Electronics:||Passive wiring with 3 way switch, Vol, Tone, series-split-parallel miniswitch for MM pick-up|