Bass of the Week: Jerzy Drozd Atmospheric Refraction
Every Jerzy Drozd bass I’ve ever seen has left me in awe. The luthier’s elegant shapes and unreal finishes capture the imagination, and his newest creation is no exception.
The “Atmospheric Refraction” five-string is a version of his Excellency V 24 model that is inspired by the polar lights in its stunning finish. A Drozd uses Fraxinus pennsylvanica (ash) for the body, populus nigra (black poplar) for the top, a three-piece acer saccharum (sugar maple) neck, and Bird’s Eye acer saccharum for the fretboard. He adorns the front of the bass with “Painting in the light” artwork, while the back is called “Dispersive Refraction.”
For electronics, the Atmospheric Refraction is fitted with a pair of Drozd’s JeD5XS neodymium interchangeable single coil split type pickups with fast connectors. The 3-band preamp is also interchangeable and part of the builder’s Copperstone series. It has a low battery indicator, passive tone, and a mid-frequency selector switch.
Jerzy Drozd Atmospheric Refraction Bass Specs:
|Body:||Fraxinus Pensilvanica (Ash)|
|Top:||Populus Nigra (Black Poplar)|
|Neck:||3-piece Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) w/Carbon Fiber Reinforcement|
|Fingerboard:||Bird’s Eye Acer Saccharum (Bird’s Eye Maple|
|Pickups:||2 Jerzy Drozd JeD5XS neodimium interchangeable single coil split type pickups with fast connectors|
|Pickup Covers:||Acer Saccharum With Jerzy Drozd “Sorolla White” High Gloss Finish|
|Electronics:||Interchangeable State Of The Art Jerzy Drozd Copperstone 3 Band Preamp|
|Finish:||Jerzy Drozd “Painting the light” Artwork on the body and headstock tops, Jerzy Drozd “Dispersive refraction” Artwork on the body back|