We are glad to introduce these products that represent excellent value for money and come from the great bass player Adrian Maruszcyk. Here are some words from Adrian:
For 30 years and counting, I've been putting my heart into music and everything related with it. I've had the opportunity to use a variety of different instruments, amps and other gear during live shows and studio work. Thanks to extensive testing and research, I collected a great deal of experience in the areas of tone woods, pickups, hardware and strings.
The knowledge I collected during those years allowed me to create musical instruments, amplifiers and accessories for the working musician whose functionality, tone and price/performance ratio are second to none. The constant development and improvement of my products will always remain my top priority.
We've met Adrian several times at International Trade Shows like the Frankfurt Musikmesse, the European Bass Day (Germany), etc. His slogan "from player to player" seems to perfectly reflect Adrian's approach to business.
With Adrian at the Frankfurt Musikmesse 2009
Maruszcyk basses are professional tools for the working bass player who doesn't want to spend a fortune on a new instrument, neither he needs an "exotic" bass. You actually get more than what you pay for, and that is great news. That is why we have decided to add Maruszcyk basses to our stock. We think they fit really well in this price range.
MARUSZCYK Frog 5S
This is the flagship model, and it is called the Frog model.
The main feature is that the neck is not bolt on, but set in. This gives not just perfect access to the upper frets, but also a smooth, even tone. The finish is also quite special, as the thin polyurethane coats let the wood "breathe", making for a bass with a very lively acoustic sound and also more than enough protection from environmental issues.
The body shape and neck profile are also quite different from any other bass, but there's a reason for this, and it is playability and ergonomics. Play this bass for 5 minutes and you'll understand what we are talking about.
Two truss rods are used, which allows the player to set his favourite neck relief depending on his playing technique, string gauge, etc.
The ash body comes with flamed maple top and back with 2 layers of mahogany in between, and a matching headstock. The maple neck has a maple fretboad with 24 perfectly polished and shaped frets.
Two Bassculture soapbar pickups effectively caputure the lively tone of the strings, and the active/passive 3 Band EQ is handy for sonic shaping if so you need. The bass is quite light to hold, something you'll love at long sessions.
It's worth mentioning the excellent performance of the low B, and also the med-low weight of the instrument.
Note: Maruszcyk bases use an English truss rod, so neck adjustment works the opposite way as standard (clockwise to tighten the neck).