Federico Malaman has been impressing us with his playing for years. Now he’s teamed up with Laurus to create the new Federico Malaman Signature Quasar Bass. Based on the company’s Quasar, the instrument is a 5-string fretless with its tuning machines at the bridge.
One of the most striking features of the model is its chambered body, which has three vibrating boards above the tonal chambers. Laurus says this contributes to “superb harmonics and great sensitivity.” The body is created with mahogany Kaya and topped with maple, rosewood, olive, and ash woods, while the neck is made from five pieces of maple and purpleheart. Its finger board is a phenolic resin, which Laurus points out offers higher resistance to string resistance and eliminates dead notes.
The bass is rounded out with a Nordstrand Dual Blade pickup and Laurus bridge, which has been upgraded to a new style. “Every saddle, just over the string contact to the bridge, is built so that the upper part is separated by the bottom,” the company writes. “The top of each saddle is then free to vibrate along with the string, improving tone and sustain.”
Check out Malaman playing “Aramduk” on his new signature model:
The Laurus Federico Malaman Signature Quasar Bass is handmade in Italy. It carries a street price of approximately $5,423.
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Laurus Federico Malaman Signature Quasar Bass Details:
|Construction:||Neck-Through with Chambered Body|
|NECK:||5 or 7 section Maple/Purpleheart laminate|
|Neck Support:||Steel dual-action truss-rod, reinforced structure in graphite|
|TOP:||Maple, Rosewood, Olive, Ash|
|Headstock:||Tilted back style, with construction rigorously based upon vintage italian “art-of-marking-stringed-instruments”|
|Hardware:||Laurus bridge with with tuning machines for headless basses (accepts any type of string)|
|Pickups:||Nordstrand “Dual Blade”|
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