Designed in collaboration with Freekbass, his Signature Model instrument is based on our Model 1-4C with tweaks and modifications requested by the funkmaster himself. The striking appearance of black timbers with red fine lines on the fingerboard bindings and our red hardware option are inspired by a direct request from Freekbass: "Build me the Batmobile."
Using the dense and somewhat brittle African wenge for the top wood and Solomon Island ebony for the fingerboard, nut and floating bridge adds a bite to the tonality of the instrument. Perfect for snaps, pops and other percussive elements.
The inclusion of the Funk Plate between the pickup and fingerboard aid in double thumbing and other thumping techniques. It's also a great extension of the pickup for use as a thumb rest when playing fingerstyle.
For the volume control, we've used a smaller control knob and a six position rotary switch with true bypass, four preset volume drops and an off position. The combo of the small control knob and rotary switch caters to Freek's personal choice of always having the volume wide open while still offering predictable drops at each setting. The choice reduces the likelihood of accidentally changing the volume when the funk heats up and things get a bit wild with the true bypass giving the least interruption to the signal path, adding a bit of strength and eliminating the slight tonal colouration that potentiometers naturally impart.
We've chosen to fit out the hardware with our titanium option to take off some weight and with a four colour burst on the back that fades from natural through amber and red to black, resolving with red highlights on the headstock tips and high points of the through-body core, the Bat request is complete.
Please note that these images are of Freekbass's own bass M1-4C/FB 160001, not our current stock bass, which is serial number 160002. The only discernible difference is the graining on the back of the body; not quite as wild as on 160001 but very similar and also hand picked by Freekbass for use on the instrument.
Make sure to swing over to Eden Amps and have a look at the Eden gear that Freekbass endorses.