Master luthier Gerald Marleaux unveiled a brand new model at the NAMM Show this year called the Tiuz. Named after the mythological German god, the bass is designed to be lightweight, customizable, and flexible. That flexibility is due in part to Marleaux’s new pickups and preamp.
“The heart of the TIUZ lies in a brand new electronics package,” the Marleaux Basses website explains. “Two newly designed Marleaux pickups are matched to a new 4-band active preamp. Along with volume, balance and passive tone controls, the new preamp boasts bass, low mid, high mid and treble boost/cut knobs. On top of that, the mid frequencies themselves can be selected using trim pots on the preamp!”
The bass is made with a choice of woods with a five-piece body and three-piece, carbon-reinforced neck. “We’ve spent 25 years collecting and preparing the woods, with some pieces being well over 100 years old,” they write. “We hand select each piece for its tonal characteristics and for its beauty.” Its fingerboard is fitted with 24 frets with a zero fret. Hardware includes Schaller tuners and a custom Marleaux Tiuz bridge by ETS.
As with all Marleaux basses, the Tiuz Bass can be custom ordered to your exact specifications. It’s available for order now with prices varying on options.
Marleaux Basses Tiuz Bass Specs:
|Construction:||7-bolt neck joint|
|Body:||5-piece body crafted from premium, aged tonewoods|
|Neck:||3-piece maple neck with carbon reinforcement|
|Frets:||24 fret fingerboard with zero fret|
|Electronics:||Marleaux Custom 4-band preamp (BC4)|
|Controls:||Bass, low mid, high mid and treble, passive tone control mid frequency trim pots to dial in personalized frequencies for boost/cut points pickup split switch for single coil, humbucker operation|
|Bridge:||Custom Marleaux Tiuz bridge by ETS in black|
|Tuners:||Schaller custom tuner and security locks|
|Other:||Tools, Gigbag, Marleaux folder with certificate, information and electronic instructions, Security Locks Included|