There is enough acoustic tone for practising at 3am and the sound is even over the whole bass. Plugging in, it does not disappoint. The bridge pickup is bright and articulate, its volume controlled by the middle of the three control knobs like a Fender Jazz bass. The tone control is well judged to remove fret clank, and played aggressively near the bridge the Big Sister produces an energised throaty bark. Played softly, this pickup also adds a subtle feathery quality.
Soloing the neck pickup produces a bigger and rounder sound, which is as expected, with the tone control adding the option to make things more mellow. It gets dark enough for Bob Marley-type tones without ever getting truly dubby. I spent a long time rolling one volume up and the other down to alternate between these two settings, and experimenting with the tone control.
There’s a great deal of versatility here without the need to go anywhere near the amp. The ability to easily mix both pickups is the secret weapon of basses with this control layout. If you max the neck pickup and blend in a little of the bridge, the sound broadens – along with that smile that might have been forming at the corners of your mouth – as a subtle emphasis in the low mids is introduced, adding sustain, power and a refined liquid quality.
Body thickness: 1.75" / 4.45cm
Body length: 17.3" / 44cm
Body width: 13.3" / 34cm
Back wood: One-Piece Old Growth African Mahogany
Top wood: Figured Maple
Bridge: Full Brass B&G
Tuners: Gotoh - GB528
Nut width: 1.62” / 41.3mm
Fret 1 Thickness: 0.87” / 22mm
Fret 12 Thickness: 0.95” / 24mm
Scale length: 34”
Neck Joint: Fret 15
Fretwire: 155 / 154 (Narrow Tall / Medium)
Potentiometers: cts500k / cts250k
Pickups: Aguilar Humbuckers (AG 4SD-D1) / Aguilar Single (AG 4SS-D1)
7 - 7.7 lbs / 3200-3500 gr
44.88” / 1140mm