A better bass is the best teacher you're ever gonna get.
There is no such a thing as The Best Bass. All there is is the best bass for you. A bass built with you in mind and you alone, that makes you want to pick it up and practice for hours because it feels so right. In the end, hand-built becomes soon irrelevant if a bass doesn't get you. The one that does get you though, now that is the best bass in the universe.
The MüB Hybrid Headless: Modern tuning with classic looks. Strings are secured to individual anchors behind the headstock. Standard strings of any type and gauge can be fitted - except for double ball end strings. Brass string anchors are an original MüB design, available in black, chrome, gold and natural brass.
Classic never loses its appeal. All the clever tweaks of a MüB with traditional headstock tuners. It's as smart as it looks.
A headless MüB is compact, light, offers reliable tuning and a clever even more reliable sting anchor system. But MüB has pushed the envelope as usual: check out the Airborne X3M, the preferred hand carry bass of most airlines and spaceships in the known Galaxy.
MÜB vision is built around excellence, creativity, dedication to quality, appreciation for details, keen sense of aesthetics and a tendency to dare. All very human qualities a machine can only envy.
There shouldn't be such a thing as standard in a custom bass. At MÜB, there isn't. Each bass matches and enhances the unique playing style and personality of its owner. It's a creative process quite akin to that of fitting a custom motorbike or a racing car to the pilot.
The neck is by far the single most important part of a bass. Probably 90% of a bassist's life is spent playing on and dealing with it one way or another. Pretty amazing when you think of it. Which is why each MüB neck profile is done by hand and feel. What does it matter that a neck is right if it doesn't feel right?
At MüB we are convinced that a lot of our basses tone comes from the neck. All that snap, articulation, attack and nearly infinite sustain? All in the neck. So we put a lot of thoughts and money inside each and every one of those little buggers. And to make sure they fully deliver we extend the neck pocket all the way to the first p-up, however deep into the body that might be.
The perfect bass should adjust to the player and not the other way around. Observe the way you play and you'll notice a lot of little things that you do to adjust to your bass. Imagine how much better you could play if you didn't have to.
Bassists. Some want it heavy, some want it light. Some want a small body, some a big one. Thin, thick, flat, D, C, ( , X, Y, W, T, F, Z neck profile. Edgy, classic, Spartan, extravagant, aggressive, smooth. Why can't we just get along? But we can't. Great!
Bass players have forever considered well balanced a bass that sits at the right angle to play traditional finger style. This level of well balanced doesn't cut it any longer. With so many different techniques now available a bass should be able to sit at quite a few angles. Welcome to the Neutrally Balanced Bass.
Each one of us bass players has more than one ideal angle for our bass. Take me for instance: I like my bass at about 20 degree angle when I play finger style, almost horizontal when I slap and at about 45 degree angle when I play chords. Mood matters as well. Grooving, soloing, excited, bored: emotions have their very own angle.
Weight distribution is more important than weight per se. A MüB feels much lighter than it is when you strap it on. That's because its centre of gravity is closer to the player's body so the bass doesn't sit solely on his left shoulder. Strap one on and you'll know what we mean.
A four string MüB can weigh less than 7lbs. A fiver, 7.3lbs. A six string MüB? Less than most fivers out there. To achieve that and tweak balance and tone, one of the tools we use (but not the only one) is our very own Constellation Chamber system. It works beautifully and, uh... it looks pretty cool too. Hiding it is almost a sin.
Right off the bat, every MüB sounds clear, articulated, with great attack and sustain regardless of p-ups and electronics used. That's the perfect foundation upon which one shapes a signature tone being sure that, it will never sound muddy.
Finish has to be hard, feel thin. A MüB is finished to stand humidity and the usual roughness of a musician's life. Über gloss, satin poly-urethane, hand rubbed oil-urethane for a very organic feel. Or a bit of both.
Creativity is the art of disagreement. When a bass takes shape ideas roam free. Specs and colour combinations are mixed and explored with no restrains. It's a fun job. Wait, it also sounds like the correct definition for 'custom', doesn't it?
We like doing things the way others don't. Like turning the back laminate concept on its head by using same core and laminate wood with continuous grain. Hardly anyone was doing it back then. They are now.
At MüB we don't think different. Or big. Or whatever. We just think. A lot. And find more sensible ways to do things. Like our Built-in Tool Compartment. No more "Dude, have you got a key?". All the tools you'll ever need are stored inside the electronics cavity. Secured with magnets. Just like the cover. Neat. Hassle free.Think about it.
Custom is a state of mind. Say, you wanted a metal cavity cover. Brass. No, aluminum. Black. Wait, gold plated. Naaa, chrome is way cooler. Engraved with anything you fancy. Yes, your very own poem is fine too. If we can see it, we can do it. If we can't see it, we look again.
My two personal MüB are both four string Über-Jay. They are custom fit to my tone preference and playing style which spans from finger style to classical guitar arpeggios and some slap tweaks of my own. Action is very low on both basses because I like to get carried away.
I'm a striking looks and contrast kinda guy - there are pictures and specs of both basses below if you wish to verify that statement.
I like a lot of snap and growl with a P-bass kind of bottom thrown into the mix. But that's just the way I like it. Most likely you will want something completely different.
Über-Jay Numero Uno. This is one of my very own basses and first MÜB prototype. It's a 34" scale, 22 frets 4 string bass. 14" radius. Flamed Asian mahogany body. Macassar ebony top. Matching headstock plate. Maple/ebony/maple neck with birdseye maple fretboard. Gold hardware. Bartolini split coil p-ups. Weight: 7.5lbs.
Custom fitting: Arched body front and back • Lower horn scoop at the back • 17mm string spacing at bridge with individual string tuner units • Custom p-up position • Jack input and tuners recess • MÜB Über-Tone preamp • Controls lay out: Bal, Hypertone, Volume • Brass cavity cover • Truss rod access at headstock • Input jack and tuners recess.