G&L Kiloton Bass
G&L unveils the Kiloton Bass, a surprisingly versatile single humbucker pickup equipped bass, thanks to its split/series/parallel switching.
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This bass guitar features Leo Fender's Magnetic Field Design bass humbucker, packed into G&L's SB-2 model, and routed to a modern circuit that allows for various combinations of the two coils within the humbucker.
The Kiloton Bass starts off with the familiar double cutaway body shape that Leo developed further for G&L. The wood used for the body will depend on the finish, solid finish versions will have an alder body, while the premiere finished models will feature a body crafted from swamp ash.
For the neck, G&L went with the familiar, using hard rock maple carved into a medium C shape. The company will let you pick between maple or rosewood for the fingerboard, but the measurements will follow standard specs, including a scale length of 34", 1.5" nut width and 9.5" fingerboard radius. It has a total of 21 medium jumbo frets that are made from Jescar 57110 18% nickel silver, while the headstock follows G&L's subtly different shape.
The most interesting feature of this bass guitar is its MFD (Magnetic Field Design) bass humbucker pickup and its 3-position series/split/parallel toggle. Together with the straightforward volume and tone controls, the Kiloton bass allows for a wide variety of tones as showcased by the demo video that the company released. Check out the new G&L Kiloton Bass in action below:
I have to admit that the video is quite convincing, showcasing the substantial differences in tone that the switches allow for. Add to that the variations of pick attack and the various combinations you can do with the volume and tone knob, and you have a very versatile one-pickup bass guitar.
Other noteworthy features of the G&L Kiloton include its 6-bolt neck joint, which increases structural stability and reliability, and it comes equipped with the Leo Fender designed Saddle-Lock bridge that is designed to transfer all the energy of the string vibrations straight into the body of the bass, for increased resonance.
The new G&L Kiloton bass has an MSRP of $2,000, but it will have an expected street price of about $1,399. For more information and other details, you can head over to G&L Guitars.
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