Bass of the Week: 5th Day Products Mallory Bass
This week we’re checking out a bass by 5th Day Products called Mallory, which takes its name from Juliette Lewis’ character in Natural Born Killers. Luthier Jeremy McDiarmid explains that everything about the bass is oversized, starting with its 39″ – 35″ multiscale neck that is a seven-piece laminate of bubinga, maple, and purpleheart. It also has some interesting features based on its namesake.
“The body wings are attached at offsetting 22.5-degree angles making the fretboard and playing area tilt up towards the player with the body held normally,” McDiarmid writes. “For support and adjustment, it features a 25″ two-way truss rod which is accessed by the tip of the headstock rather than under the nut. The 24 fret compound fretboard radius of 10″ to 22″ is marked with shell casings from a .22 caliber and the bridge extensions are Remington ultra mag 300 casings.”
Mallory also has a full-featured set of electronics with dual independent channels and controls going to two separate outputs. Channel/output A has a Warman Guitars Jazzbar pickup in a Musicman Stingray position with a concentric volume and tone pot recessed into the pickguard. A latching push-button coil tap lets you toggle between humbucker and single-coil operation.
Output B is the “Split, Split Coil” effects output channel. “It has Fender P-Bass pickups (completely stripped and having their bobbins ground down as close to the windings as possible for size) wired like a Les Paul with neck or bridge selection and separate volume controls,” the builder explains. “Neck single coil is positioned under D & G strings, bridge single coil is positioned under E & A. No tone pot on this circuit providing a very bright raw signal to output B which is intended for effects pedals or with A/B/Y pedal combination.”
That’s a whole lot of firepower for one bass.
5th Day Products Mallory Bass Specs:
|Scale:||39″ - 35″ multiscale|
|Neck:||7-piece Bubinga, Maple, Purpleheart|
|Fretboard Radius:||10″ to 22″ Compound|
|Pickups:||Warman Guitars Jazzbar, Fender Split Coils|