High On Fire’s Jeff Matz has a new signature bass from Dunable Guitars. The JM Bass is the product of several years of custom builds for the bassist, leading to an instrument with his exact specs.
“Basically, [Matz wanted] what would be his dream instrument, fit for both tracking a High On Fire record, as well as touring on it for years to come,” Dunable writes. “In our opinion, Jeff has done the research and development necessary to know what will work and what won’t. He is an avid collector and tinkerer and has tried infinite combinations of gear, so he knows what he likes, and what sounds good.”
Featuring a 35-inch scale, the bass is built with a maple theme: maple neck, maple fingerboard with black binding, flamed maple top and flamed maple headcap. Its roasted swamp ash body is fitted with a custom set of Avedissian “Silver Machine” pickups that were designed by Jeff Matz with Alex Avedissian. The pickups are single coils with the middle being RW/RP, or reverse-wound/reverse polarity. “After much experimentation, we arrived at a single coil set that delivers the cutting tone I’m after, with a big, punchy bottom end and sweet, creamy mids. These pickups deliver crisp, open clean tones, and absolutely crushing overdriven sounds,” Matz writes.
The unique set of pickups have an equally unique set of controls. A five-way rotary acts as a pickup selector, while each pickup also has its own volume knob. The JM Signature has two outputs – one for mono and one for stereo – where the stereo jack sends the bridge pickup to one side and the neck and middle pickups to the other. The tone knob is a push/pull that engages the bridge pickup in any switch combination on the mono jack and turns the stereo mode on for the stereo jack.
Other features include a charcoal stain on the whole instrument, Hipshot Ultralite Clover tuners, a Hipshot A-Style bridge, and Dunlop Strap Locks. The Dunable Guitars JM Bass is available for pre-order for $2,550. It will be only open to pre-order until January 2, 2018.
Dunable Guitars Jeff Matz Signature Bass Specs:
|Body:||Roasted Swamp Ash|
|Headstock:||Flame Maple Cap|
|Fingerboard:||Maple with Black Binding|
|Stain:||Charcoal stain top and fingerboard, black back and sides|
|Finish:||Nitrocellulose Lacquer Satin|
|Pickups:||Avedissian “Silver Machine” pickup set (Bridge: 10.5k output with ceramic magnets, Middle: 10.5k output a ceramic/alnico combination (RW/RP), Neck: 10.5k output with alnico magnets)|
|Controls:||3x Volume, 5-way rotary pickup selector, Tone control with push/pull function for Bridge P/U|
|Outputs:||Mono and Stereo Jacks|
|Tuners:||Hipshot Ultralite Clover|
|Case:||Ships in Hardshell Case|