Andy Irvine of The Daily Funk Club shared some pictures of this bass on Facebook and it made me stop scrolling. The Picasso by KD Basses is a colorful, artistic take on the instrument made in Bulgaria.
The bass’s body is built with an Elm core, but luthier Kostadin Dimitrov covered it with an irregularly-shaped piece of maple burl in 10 different colors. The mosaic also extends up the fingerboard and headstock. Its neck is a seven-piece laminate of flamed maple, ebony, and purpleheart.
The Picasso’s pickups are handmade KD humbuckers that blend into the top’s artistic pattern. Electronics include a passive/active 3-band EQ with mini-switches to toggle each pickup between series and parallel operation.
KD Basses Picasso Bass Specs:
|Body Core:||Elm tree core|
|Top and Back:||Irregularly Shaped Maple Burl Pieces in 10 Colors|
|Neck:||7-piece Flamed Maple, Ebony Stripes, Purple Heart Core and Maple Veneer Lamination|
|Fretboard:||Burl MapLe Wooden Mosaic|
|Frets:||24 Evo Gold Medium Frets|
|Side Position Markers:||“Hanging Dots” Original KD Design|
|Headstock:||Burl MapLe Wooden Mosaic|
|Pickups:||KD Hand-Made Humbuckers with Series/Parallel Switches|
|Width at Nut:||45mm|
|Strap pins:||Schaller locking|
|Other:||Copper shielding protects the entire electronic box and pickups|