Chapman Guitars has teamed up with Dave Hollingworth to launch a new signature bass. The MLB1 DH was created with the Dorje and Toska bassist to deliver what he considers the perfect bass. A four-string player, Hollingworth’s model doesn’t have a five-string version. Instead, it comes in either regular or fanned fret versions.
“I’ve always been a 4-string player and so the MLB1 DH is home for me but often the music I play finds me needing that extended range of a 5-string,” he writes. “So the addition of the fan fret version gives us exactly that; 26 fanned frets allows the scale length necessary to delve in the to the 5-string world with all the feel of a 4-string.”
The neck-through bass is built with ovangkol body wings topped with mapa burl matched to a wenge neck with ovangkol pinstripes. Its wenge fretboard has rolled edges and a 12th fret gold infinity inlay. Glow-in-the-dark side dots allow for better visibility on dark stages. The bass is set to have a pair of Chapman Jazz single coil pickups matched to a 3-band EQ.
Check out this walkthrough and demo Dave Hollingworth gave to Thomann Music:
The Chapman Guitars Dave Hollingworth MLB1 DH and MLB1 FF DH Signature basses was debuted at the NAMM show anda are expected to ship this August with street price around $1,549 and $1,599.
Chapman Guitars Dave Hollingworth MLB1 DH and MLB1 FF DH Signature Bass Specs:
|Scale:||34″ for Straight Fret, 32.76″ to 35″ for Fan Fret|
|Neck:||Wenge With Ovangkol Pinstripes|
|Fretboard:||Wenge with Rolled Edges|
|Frets:||26 Jumbo Bell Bronze Frets|
|Inlays:||12th Fret Gold Infinity|
|Fret Markers:||Glow-in-the-Dark Side Dots|
|Pickups:||Chapman Jazz Single Coils|
|Controls:||Volume and Blend (Balance) on Stacked Rotary Pot, Treble and Bass on Stacked Rotary Pot and Mid’s on Rotary Pot|
|Bridge:||Chapman Single String|
|Case:||Chapman Pro Hard Case|
|Other:||Chapman Strap Locks|