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Bass of the Week: Mayones Elegance 5 Paper

Mayones Elegance 5 Paper Bass

Some basses are a piece of history, and then some are made from pieces of history. As part of their Master Builder Collection, Polish company Mayones unveiled the Elegance 5 Paper, a limited edition 5-stringer covered with reprints of newspapers, some dating back 100 years. The clippings are from all over the world: Poland, the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Mayones describes the bass as a “witness of the past telling its story with rumbling bass tones.”

The Elegance 5 Paper features neck-thru construction, coupling a profiled American ash body and flamed maple top with a 9-ply maple/mahogany neck. The ebony fingerboard has a 20” radius with 24 medium jumbo Ferd Wagner frets. A Schaller 2000 bridge and M4 tuners round out the hardware, while the electronics consist of a a pair of Bartolini Soapbar pickup and an Aguilar OBP-3 active preamp.

As with the rest of the Mayones Master Builder Collection, the Elegance 5 Paper is hand built and limited to 10 pieces. The builder lists its retail price as € 4,149 (~$5,732 USD). For more info, visit the Mayones website.

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Mayones Elegance 5 Paper Specs:

  • Construction: Neck-thru-body
  • Body: Profiled American Ash
  • Top: Flamed Maple
  • Neck: 9-ply / Maple-Mahogany
  • Headstock: Angled
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 20” (508 mm)
  • Scale: 34.25” (870 mm)
  • Frets: 24 medium jumbo Ferd Wagner
  • Markers & inlays: Mother of Pearl dots
  • Tuners: Schaller M4
  • Bridge: Schaller 2000
  • Pickups: H-H / Bartolini 72M45C-T (bridge) and Bartolini 72M45C-B (neck)
  • Electronics: Aguilar OBP-3 active preamp
  • Control 1xVolume,1xBalance,1xMiddle,1xTreble/Bass
  • Knobs: Standard metal dome knobs
  • Body finish: Paper
  • Neck finish: Paper
  • Headstock finish: Paper
  • Hardware color: BLK (black)
  • Strings: GHS
  • Additional equipment: Ebony nut, Switchcraft jack, Schaller Security Straplocks, Hardcase