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Brice Introduces Defiant 53437 5-String Multi-Scale Bass

Brice has introduced a new multi-scale version of their Defiant model. The 5-string Defiant 53437 stands out with a string scale that ranges from 37 inches on the B-string and 34 inches on the G-string with fanned frets to accommodate the adjustment.

Brice Defiant 53437 Natural Mahogany Bass front and back

The Defiant’s design includes slim, dual cutaway mahogany body wings attached to a five-piece maple and walnut neck. Contouring on the heel provides easy access to the upper register of the 24-fret rosewood fretboard.

Electronics include a pair of Cephius passive bar pickups with volume and tone knobs as well as a pickup selector.

The Brice Brice Defiant 53437 is distributed through Rondo Music and is available now for $559.95.

Brice Defiant 53437 Natural Mahogany Bass Details:

Construction:Neck-through
Scale:34″-37″
Neck:5-piece Maple/Walnut
Width of the neck at the nut:1 3/4″
String spacing at the bridge:2 9/16″
Body:Mahogany
Headstock:Matching
Fretboard:Rosewood
Frets:24 Jumbo
Pickups:Cephius Passive Bar Pickups
Bridge:Individual Saddles
Hardware:Brushed Nickel
Finish:Natural
Weight:9 pounds

For more information:
Rondo Music

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LeVar Roy

LeVar Roy

Looks like a really nice bass. Of course I’d have to hear it first and see reviews but looks promising. And at a great price as well.

ozzydante

ozzydante

What’s the reason behind the multiple scales? First instrument of this kind i’ve ever seen and i find it very intriging

    marc valero

    marc valero

    It allows for a tighter B string. It is like on a piano where the bass strings are not only a bigger diameter, but also longer compared to the higher notes. I think Zon made fanned fret basses. Yes, the price looks good if it sound good.

    Wooloughby McGregor

    A company called Dingwall has been making fanned fret/multi-scale instruments for a couple of decades. Not sure if they were the first but they were one of the first for sure.

      Ben

      Ben

      Novax in the US patented the multiscale fretboard. Dingwall basses are made under a Nivax license. However, I read somewhere that the patent recently expired, so now fanned frets can be made by anybody without license.

Alex Blanco

Alex Blanco

I’d like to know where I could get those pickups…

Joshua Hernandez

Seems like 34-37 would produce a nasally tone. 32-35 seems like a more usuable array.

    Rae Runge

    Rae Runge

    Having played a Dingwall fanned fret 5 string, I can assure you that the 37″ B string produces a thunderous, clear, gut thumping tone. Absolutely nothing nasally about it at all!

Galactic Wolf

Galactic Wolf

Id buy that

Craig Williams

Craig Williams

Would love to have it. I have an SX five string jazz fret less from the Rondo Gang and it’s as good or better than a lot of squiers out there.