Caparison Guitars Introduces the Brocken 5-BASS

Caparison Brocken 5-BASS Natural Matte

Japan’s Caparison Guitars has announced a new bass model called the Brocken 5-BASS, a five-string and 27 fret instrument they say is the most comprehensive bass they’ve ever developed.

“A perfect balance between functionality and exuberant design, precise engineering and cognitive creativity,” Caparison writes. “The unique and carefully considered quadripartite body construction, featuring a Maple core – flanked by two wings of Australian Black Wood, crowned with a select Black Walnut top, gives a full and well-rounded sonorous quality. The fundamentals are strong and defined and the clear harmonics ring out with a bell-like quality.”

The neck, which is reinforced with titanium support rods, is a five-piece maple and walnut laminate topped with a Kalimantan Ebony fretboard. For electronics, the company loads the Brocken 5 with a pair of Fishman Fluence soapbar set. The pickups offer three voicings as well as a single-coil mode for flexibility. The setup also includes a 2-band EQ and blend pot.

The Caparison Brocken 5-BASS carries a price of $3,499.

Caparison Brocken 5-BASS Specs:

Neck Joint:Bolt-On
Body:Australian Blackwood & Maple
Top:Black Walnut
Neck Material:5-Piece Maple/Walnut, Twin Titanium Supports
Neck Grip:Caparison
Fingerboard:Kalimantan Ebony,Luminous Side Dots
Radius:Compound R350 to R400
Nut Width:48mm
No. of Frets:27
Fret Type:Jumbo, Nickel Silver
Depth, 1st Fret:Approx. 22.0mm
Depth, 12th Fret:Approx. 23.0mm
Nut:Graph Tech Black TUSQ
Position Inlay:Caparison Clock
Headstock:Devil’s Tail, Brocken Logo
Head Angle:15 Degrees
Pickups:Fishman Fluence Soapbars
Pickup Voicing:Voice 1 (Passive): Classic, fat and round; Voice 2 (Active): Full frequency, full dynamics; Voice 2 (Active + mid contour): Funk, Hi-Fi scooped; Single Coil Mode: Same voices + Jazz Bass string window
Controls:Master Volume (Push-Pull), 1 Dual POT for blend, 1 Treble control, 1 Bass control, 3-way mini toggle Switch
Power:Fishman USB Rechargeable Battery Pack
Tuners:Gotoh GB350
Bridge:Hipshot 5A-100
String Spacing:18mm
Case:Reunion Blues

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