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let the player pinpoint exact
frequencies to emphasize. As
beautiful as this Essence is to
look at, one has to marvel at
the beauty of its preamp and
pickups. - Pete Prown

Xotic ProVintage
5-String
Over the last few years Xotic has
grown its rep thanks to top players
who have endorsed its Leo-inspired
guitars and basses. Now Xotic's new
import ProVintage series endeavors
to bring the company's noted build
quality to a mid-price segment.
Built in Indonesia, the ProVintage 5-String has its pickups
installed, its neck Plek'd, and
the whole works run through a
final setup and inspection at the
company's California facility.
Inspired by Xotic's popular XJ
series, this bass is descended from
the classic Fender Jazz design with
a double-cutaway ash body, a
34"-scale maple neck and 22-fret
maple board, and a sunburst finish with tortoiseshell
pic k g u a rd . It s
fingerboard has
a nut width of
1.75" that tapers
to 2.625"at the
12th fret. And it
all supports that
low B string.
Things get even
more interesting
with the electronics, starting with
two single-coils with
elegant wood covers. There are the
familiar chrome
knobs for volume, tone, and
a balance that
pans between
the pickups.
The push /
p u l l Vo l ume k nob
ju mps between active
a nd passive
systems. The
active side brings
online a powerful
three-band EQ and a

Kiesel JB5 Classic

Price: $1,069 (base)
Info: www.kieselguitars.com

Supro Huntington

Price: $999-$1,299
Info: www.suprousa.com
Contact: www.xotic.us

substantial volume boost
that lets the player fine-tune
their tone; the active circuit
can also serve as a sort of lead
channel for solos and louder
sections - all without a footswitch.
Other amenities include Hipshot
Ultralite tuners and B-style bridge,
and two battery compartments
to provide 18 volts of power for
increased headroom.
The ProVintage 5-String's flat Dprofile neck is beautifully set up with
low action and excellent tones. The
bass weighs in around 9.5 pounds
and its construction is rock solid.
If you've been jonesin' for an Xotic
but don't have the benjamins, you'll
dig the ProVintage line - it's a lot
of bass for the money, and it more
than lives up to the Xotic name. -
Pete Prown

Kiesel JB5 Classic
The look and feel of Kiesel's JB5
Classic align well with what a bassist
expects when they gaze upon it -
modern take on a Fender Jazz, with
similar cuts and contours. Unless
you're that last bassist on earth to
have picked up a Jazz (or one of
the million clones), you know it.
Sitting or standing, the JB5 is
beautifully balanced. With an
average weight under nine pounds,
its 44.5" x 13.25" x
1.65" body (built
using one of several
wood options) will
spare you that kink
in the rhomboids
after a gig or long
rehearsal. Its oiledmaple bolt-on neck
is nicely shaped
- 0.78" thick at
the first fret
up to 0.88"
at the 12th,
i t 's t h i n
enough to
keep notes
in easy
reach for
the typical
adu lt-ma le
hand right on
past the nicely
c ontou re d ne c k
heel at the 17th fret (but

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