This is a great bas from Barcelona based Polish luthier Jerzy Drozd.
This is a "Basic" model, one of the most affordable in Jerzy's catalogue. It is a bolt on, but the neck actually extends up to the neck pickup.
The neck is joined to the body using 7 bolts. Every aspect of this bass is designed for the most confortable playing experience ever. The small and ergonomic body rests easily on your lap, and the extended upper horn reaches out until the 12th fret, so the bass balances perfectly with a strap and your left arm does not have to stretch as in some other small bodied bass with shorter upper horns.
The body is made from etimoe and there is a matching headstock. The maple neck sports a beautiful piece of ebony for the fingerboard.
The pickups might look unnusual, and that's because they are unnusual. Jerzy makes his own pickups in house in order to make sure that he can control every aspect of the bass from wood selection to the final sound. The pickups are quite flat sounding (these are single coil, split type, hum-cancelling), and will just reproduce what the bass is doing acoustically, which makes perfect sense in a bass like this. There's a familiar Jazz Bass type of sound to them, with enough midrange to cut through. Actually, the brdge pickup is one of the best we've heard for a long time. The onboard Aguilar OBP-3 3 band preamp is powerful enough to make the bass cover any style you might need.
This bass was ordered by us with some custom specs like:
- Ebony fingrboard
- Push/Push Volume (for Ative-Passive operation) instead of Push-Pull
- Miniswitch for midrange selection (400/800 Hz)
- Custom EQ layout: stacked Bass & Treble with Bass on top (more handy in real life as you rarely reach for the Treble in the middle of a performance)
- Special Tone Pot that works both in Passive and Active modes and comes with a special capacitor to get that "barky" sound when you roll it doen completely. Perfect for soloing using the bridge pickup.
This bass produces a direct and aggresive sound thanks to the bolt-on construction and lack of top, but this does not mean it lacks bottom end. Quite the opposite; you can go from a tradicional quasi Fender tone to a more extreme one that will fit right in with the most demanding modern music.
The pickps are also an excellent thumb rest.
As always, this bass has one of the best low B's in the market: strong, loud and clear. This is in part thanks to the 35" scale, but also due to Jerzy's expertise on ERB's (Extended Range Basses)
Please note: this is a new bass that's been in our shop for some years. Our intention was to keep it forever along with some other basses but we have decided to let some of these go so here's your chance to buy a New Jerzy Drozd Bass for a great price. There are some minor dings (we can send pics) but nothing serious really. Even the strings are stock (La Bella Supersteps) and they still have a lot of life ahead, so you can get an idea about the excellent condition of this cool bass.
Jerzy Drozd Basic Custom 5