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Bass of the Week: D’ARCO Shakti 5-String Bass

D'ARCO Shakti 5-String Bass

This week we’re checking out the D’ARCO Shakti 5-string bass by French Luthier Clément D’Arco. The striking bass has a host of beautiful, exotic woods to create a rich visual appeal.

Its body is crafted from lacewood, purpleheart, wenge, and flamed maple while the 13-piece neck is made of flamed maple, wenge and a bubinga/wenge veneer. The neck is reinforced with a pair of carbon fiber rods and toped with a premium Macassar Ebony fretboard.

D’Arco opted for a headless design with a Hipshot Headless bridge at 19mm string spacing. Electronics include a pair of Aguilar DCB pickups matched to a Bartolini NTMB-918F preamp. The controls are volume (with an active/passive push/pull function), blend, bass, mid, treble, and a mid frequency switch. For an added touch, the bass has an aluminum and brass D’ARCO logo as well as a magnetized preamp and battery cover.

D’ARCO Shakti Bass Specs:

Body:Lacewood, Purpleheart, Wenge and Flamed Maple
Neck:13-Piece Flamed Maple, Wenge and Bubinga/Wenge Veneer
Neck Reinforcement:Dual Action Truss-Rod With 2 Carbon Fiber Rods
Fretboard:Macassar Ebony
Frets:26 with Bronze Bell Zero Fret
Inlays:Glow in the Dark Dots
Pickups:Aguilar DCB
Electronics:Bartolini NTMB-918F
Bridge:Hipshot Headless

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