Bass of the Week: Kohlman Bassworks RetroMod 4
This week we’re checking out an amazing RetroMod 4 from Kohlman Bassworks. This particular bass was built by luthier Chris Kohlman for bassist Mike Gardner and features an intricate matching top and fingerboard. The builder utilized purpleheart, flamed maple, quartersawn maple, and walnut to create the patchwork design.
The core of the bass’s body is maple and purpleheart while the back is ambrosia maple and purpleheart. Its neck is solid purpleheart that is reinforced with a pair of carbon fiber rods. For electronics, Kohlman and Gardner picked a pair of Bartolini 9S Jazz pickups matched to a Bartolini XTCT preamp with an MCT3MC Mid module. Hipshot hardware rounds out the instrument.
Kohlman Bassworks RetroMod 4 Bass Specs:
|Body Core:||Maple and Purpleheart|
|Body Back:||Ambrosia Maple and Purpleheart|
|Top:||Purpleheart, Flamed Maple, Quartersawn Maple, and Walnut|
|Neck:||Solid Purpleheart with Double Carbon Fiber Neck Stiffeners|
|Nut:||Hand Cut Brass|
|Fretboard:||Purpleheart, Flamed Maple, Quartersawn Maple, Walnut|
|Frets:||24 Medium Nickel Frets|
|Pickups:||Bartolini 9S Jazz|
|Electronics:||Bartolini XTCT Preamp with MCT3MC Mid Module|
|Tuners:||Black Hipshot HB7|
|Bridge:||Black Hipshot A style|
|Other:||Full Copper Shielded Control Cavity|