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Bass of the Week: KD Basses Picasso

KD Basses Picasso Bass

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:

Scale:34″
Construction:Bolt-on
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
Fingerboard Radius:16″
Headstock:Burl MapLe Wooden Mosaic
Tuners:Gotoh
Bridge:Hipshot
String-spacing:17.9mm
Pickups:KD Hand-Made Humbuckers with Series/Parallel Switches
Width at Nut:45mm
Finish:Oil
Strap pins:Schaller locking
Hardware:Gold
Weight:11.5 lbs
Other:Copper shielding protects the entire electronic box and pickups

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