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Anaconda Basses Introduces Super J Basses

Anaconda Basses Super J4 and J5 Basses

Anaconda Basses has expanded their range of basses with the Super J, which luthier Andrew Taylor-Cummings calls his take on a classic J-style. “I didn’t want to do yet another straight copy, but rather build and improve on a classic,” he writes. “The body is downsized and more sculpted, allowing for better ergonomics and comfort. I wanted to add a whole new tonal spectrum to what Bass players have come to expect from a Jazz, whilst still having access to the much loved classic ‘Jazz’ tones.”

Available in 4- and 5-string versions, the Super J comes standard with passive electronics incorporating the Stellartone Tonestyler control, which gives a wide range of tones with 10 selectable mid-frequencies. The 4-string version has a pair of Woodhead/Anaconda design hum-canceling pickups in a standard ’60s “Jazz” configuration with independent series/parallel switches for each pickup. Its neck width at the nut is 40mm, which Anaconda says is slightly wider than the classic style but narrower than a P-style.

The 5-string version has its pickups in Anaconda’s own ToneZones positions. Its bridge pickup unit is two separate hum-canceling pickups that can be used together at once or separately, while the neck pickup has a mute switch that allows for soloing the bridge pickups. The fiver is also set apart by a 34.5″ scale to accommodate for a more taut B string.

Both versions are built with an alder body, a maple top, and a 5-piece maple neck with wenge stringers. Hardware includes Hipshot Ultralite tuners and a Hipshot B-style bridge.

Anaconda Basses are fully handcrafted instruments, built in Great Britain. The Super J4 has a base price of $2,437 (£1550) while the Super J5 starts at $2,637 (£1700).

Anaconda Basses Super J4 and J5 Bass Photos:

Anaconda Basses Super J4 Bass Specs:

Construction:Bolt-on, 5-bolt Neck Joint
Body:Alder
Top:Maple
Neck:5 Piece Maple Neck with Wenge stringers
Scale:34″
Fingerboard:Maple
String Spacing at Bridge:19mm
Electronics:Passive with Stellartone Tonestyler control
Pickups:Woodhead/Anaconda design humcancelling pickups, Ebony covers
Tuners:Hipshot Ultralite
Bridge:Hipshot B-style
Nut:Brass
Finish:Satin Black

Anaconda Basses Super J5 Bass Specs:

Construction:Bolt-on, 5-bolt Neck Joint
Body:Alder
Top:Maple
Neck:5 Piece Maple Neck with Wenge stringers
Scale:34.5″
Fingerboard:Ebony
String Spacing at Bridge:19mm
Electronics:Passive with Stellartone Tonestyler control
Pickups:Woodhead/Anaconda design humcancelling pickups, Ebony covers
Tuners:Hipshot Ultralite
Bridge:Hipshot B-style
Nut:Brass
Finish:Satin White

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