The X3M takes the Miezo to the next level: five different necks for five scale lengths which fit the same body and are über-easy to disassemble and reassemble.
Scale length available are: 27", 25.5", 22.75" and 18". Take your pick. The 18" scale neck bolted onto the body fits right inside the X3M gig bag. The other two necks fit inside individual pockets in a separate compartments. And that is all within maximum hand-carry size allowed by our beloved airlines.
A 30" scale length neck will marginally exceed the maximum allowed length by a mere 2" and would need a custom gig bag. Lastly, a 34" scale is available as a custom order. Both fit inside a guitar gig bag. Those who do not travel often will find in the super light 6.5lbs (3kg) 34" long X3M the best companion for long gigs.
The X3M is a serious bass and not a scaled down, tamed MüB. Plug it in and you will wonder how such a light, nimble bass can sound so big: tight lows, even response across the board, well balanced tonal range and a B string so tight you won't believe you're playing a short scale bass.
Explore the inherent tonal differences of up to five scales, different tuning, string gauge. A creative approach that opens up a universe of tonal possibilities.
Take a 5 string X3M for example:
The 30" scale strung with standard .125/.45 is tuned to a standard B0/G2 and gives you a tight low B.
The 27" scale can be tuned to E1 when strung with .105/.35.
The 25.5" can be tuned to E1. You can use different gauges to test this scale's remarkable clarity with different open tuning.
The 22.75" can be tuned to E1 and works well with different tuning.
The 18" scale is tuned one octave higher B to G, like on the 12th fret of a standard bass.
Whichever way you look at it, the X3M is an amazingly flexible design, built by the same people who build your MüB, with the same tools and the same uncompromising passion,
Body: Mahogany or Raintree. One Bartolini Single coil p-up, passive V, T controls; Hardware: individual string bridge/tuners by ETS. Three strap buttons for added playing comfort.
4 string: $800
5 string: $850
6 string: $900
Neck: One piece maple neck. Fretboard: Ovangkol, ironwood (only 4, 5), maple (+$70/$100 for satin or gloss lacquer finish). MüB brass string anchor piece. Side dots. Truss rod on all necks 22.75" and above.
4 string: 18" scale $250 - 22.75" $325 - 25.5" $450 - 27" $550 - 30" $650
5 string: 18" scale $350 - 22.75" $425 - 25.5" $550 - 27" $650 - 30" $750
6 string: 18" scale $450 - 22.75" $525 - 25.5" $650 - 27" $750 - 30" $850
X3M 7 strings and above are priced at $150 per string.
The X3M two top screws double up as strap buttons, offering superior playing comfort with slick looks.
In principle, the upper button works well with 27" and 30" scale necks, the lower one with shorter necks.
There are another ways of looking at it, though.
For instance, the lower button used with a 27" scale neck pushes the nut away from the player, ideal for those who like to slap clear of the fretboard and play finger style right at the p-up bridge. It also recreates more closely the feel of a long scale bass.
Conversely, the upper button coupled with the same 27" scale neck makes the X3M perfect for those who like to play between p-ups, slap on the board and prefer a more compact feel.
You will also find that either option can increase the comfort level for right or left hand and can be quite a relief for a sore wrist.
Of course, should you prefer a traditional strap button placed where it works for you we will gladly oblige.
The MüB Clever-Key.
Airport Security - Sir, is that an Allen Key in your gig bag?
You - Yessir.
AS - I'm afraid you have to throw it away.
You - But, sir, how the &$%# am I supposed to assemble my X3M when I get to the &$#@*¢¥§ gig?
Introducing the MüB Clever-Key, a handy tool that drives both neck and string anchor screws. With it attached to your key ring all airport security might say is - cute!
Simple, when you think about it.
The MüB Clever-Key costs only $25 and it's free of charge with full specs X3M custom orders.