Bass of the Week: Jerzy Drozd Barcelona
Luthier Jerzy Drozd’s Barcelona design was made in collaboration with famed flamenco bassist Carles Benavent, who spent time playing with Paco de Lucia, Chick Corea and Miles Davis. The bass, named after the city they both live in, is built after Benavent’s unique playing style.
“With the help of Carles, I tried to design the instrument according to his previous basses and his very personal playing style,” Drozd explained, “but it also had be different from what he played before now, so I blended it with my own philosophy and that bit of Neo style look.”
The semi-hollow body is built of Spanish cedar with a Sitka spruce top. It features set-neck construction, with a three-piece maple neck and a flat ebony fingerboard. In addition to a truss rod, the neck has dual graphite bars for reinforcement. The instrument’s scale is 33”, just below full length.
Pickups on the Barcelona are custom-made, with a humbucker in the neck position and a single coil closer to the bridge. Both pickups have wood covers to match the wooden bridge. The tuners are Hipshot Ultralites with a chrome finish.
The Jerzy Drozd Barcelona comes with many options: 4, 5 or 6-strings, left-handed, fretless, custom inlays, and more. For more info, visit the Jerzy Drozd website.
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Jerzy Drozd Barcelona Specs:
- Three-piece maple neck
- Set-neck Construction
- Spanish cedar semi-hollow body
- Sitka spruce top
- Flat (no radius ) ebony fingerboard
- Scale 33” (838,2mm)
- Pickups: Neck- Custom-made humbucker with wood cover; Bridge- Custom-made single coil with wood cover
- Passive electronics
- One truss rod, two graphite bars for reinforcement
- Wooden cover back plate
- Wooden bridge
- Hipshot ultralite tuners
- Chrome hardware
- Polyurethane satin finish
- Custom-made gigbag included