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The O Bass is the brainchild of Orange Technical Director and lead designer Adrian Emsley, whose inspiration came from his self-confessed love of vintage gear. Having spent a lifetime modifying all manner of bass guitars, the O Bass brings together all of his know-how in a unique and truly charismatic instrument.
Aside from its impeccably sleek lines and shapely aesthetics, the O Bass delivers the goods where it really matters. Plugging in reveals a sound with buckets of personality – familiar, yet somehow all of its own. A custom-wound split–coil pickup bears a very distinctive sonic mojo, with a well-balanced bass response and a bold and defined mid-range. Players with a softer touch will immediately find themselves in Motown territory, with earthy overtones in abundance. Dig in a little more aggressively and the O Bass responds with an infectious harmonic grind that harks back to the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. As Emsley puts it, “It growls like a policeman’s dog!”
The O Bass first made an appearance in an early form as a demonstrator piece at the 2014 winter NAMM show, hidden from public view in the Orange booth. However, having been leaked on a number of videos on the internet, we were inundated with requests to put it into production.
FINISH OPTIONS: TEAR DROP SUNBURST ｜ OFF-BLACK ｜ ORANGE
CONSTRUCTION: 4 STRING FRETTED SINGLE CUTAWAY｜ BOLT ON
BODY: OKOUMÉ (AUCOUMEA KLAINEANA)｜TILIA BASSWOOD VENEER ｜ A.B.S. BINDING ON TEAR DROP SUNBURST & OFF-BLACK VERSIONS
NECK: MAPLE ｜DUAL ACTION TRUSS ROD ｜ EBONY FRETBOARD ｜A.B.S. BINDING & HEADSTOCK OVERLAY
ELECTRONICS: 1 X CUSTOM WOUND SPLIT-COIL HUMBUCKER ｜ MASTER TONE & MASTER VOLUME
HARDWARE: NICKLE TOP-LOADING 4 SADDLE BRIDGE & OPEN GEAR TUNERS
INCLUDED EXTRAS: PADDED ORANGE GIGBAG WITH PRINTED ORANGE CREST ｜ ALTERNATIVE 3 PLY SCRATCH PLATE (TEAR DROP SUNBURST/OFF-BLACK FINISHES – TORTOISE SHELL ｜ ORANGE FINISH – BLACK)
SCALE LENGTH: 864MM
RADIUS: R400 FINGERBOARD
WIDTH AT TOP NUT: 43*6MM NUT