Bass of the Week: BL Design Marozi #014

One of the first basses we featured in the Bass of the Week series was the redwood themed BL Design Barbary. After revisiting the BL Design website I found this unbelievable 5-string Marozi that centers around a stunning spalted myrtle burl top.

BL Design Marozi #014 Bass Full, Angle view

The Marozi is one of luthier Beau Leopard’s double cutaway designs. This particular instrument was built with a mahogany body accented with maple and wenge. Its 5-piece neck is built of center strip of curly maple, two wenge strips, and two more layers of maple. The fretboard continues the pattern and is wenge with curly maple binding. It’s inlaid with mother of pearl cat eye fretboard markers and mother of pearl side dots.

BL Design loaded the bass with a pair of Nordstrand Fat Stack pickups as well as piezos in the ETS Tuning Fork bridge. Electronics include a Bartolini magnetic/piezo pickup buffer and an Aguilar OBP-3 preamp. Other features on the bass include continuous pickup covers, a gold mother of pearl “B-logo” and bass clef inlay, and matching wooden knobs.

BL Design Marozi #014 Bass Photos:

BL Design Marozi #014 Bass Details:

Scale Length:35″
Weight:8 3/4 lbs
Nut Width:1 7/8″
Bridge Spacing:19mm
Body:Mahogany with Maple and Wenge Accents
Top:Spalted Myrtle Burl
Neck:5-piece Maple & Curly Maple with Wenge veneer, Wenge & Curly Maple heelblock
Fretboard:Wenge with Curly Maple Binding
Inlays:Mother of Pearl “Cat Eye” Fretboard Markers and Mother of Pearl Side Markers
Pickups:Nordstrand Fat Stacks with a humbucker/single coil switch, Piezos in Bridge
Electronics:Bartolini Mag/Piezo Buffer, Aguilar OBP-3 Preamp With an Active Bypass Switch
Tuners:Hipshot Ultralite
Bridge:ETS Tuning Fork Bridge with Piezo Saddles

For more, check out the BL Design website.

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