This model is called Elwood L and it is one of Maruszczyk's most successful designs. Obviously this bass is based on a classic design but with some modern appointments. The L in the name stands for Lightweight and you can bet this bass is such thing!
As you can see in the pictures this is a 4 string bass and apart from being really nice (we love the flamed maple top), it is also lightweight (weighs in at just 3.5kg). The body is made from lightweight alder. On top of that there are resonance hollows for added resonance and even less weight.
Scale is 34" which coupled to the 39mm nut and 19mm spacing at the bridge make this one of the most comfortable string in the market.
The beautiful maple fingerboard adds definition and punch and we love the vintage tinted finish.
The neck sports 24 frets and there's unrestricted access up to the last one.
Following the German Tradition (Höfner, Framus, Marleaux, Sandberg, etc.) there's a zero fret. There are two main advantages for using this: first of all, open strings will sound the same as fingered ones. But most importantly, a zero fret means perfect string height at the nut. A poorly cut nut can either damp the string's vibration and even cause buzz if the grooves are too deep or it can make the nots up to the 5th fret (aprox)sound sharp if the strings sit too high on it as you have to press harder than needed to make the note ring.
Maruszczyk basses always use top notch electronics. In this case we get a set of Delano Single Coil pickups which sound great. Deep and clear and completely noise free. We also love the new Maruszczyk Toneformer preamp which performs flawlessly and offers 3 bands of EQ. To top it all, the Treble Pot acts as a Passive Tone in that mode so you can also get that traditional treble cut that you'd find on a passive bass.
String to string balance is exceptional.
To sum up: a High End 4 string bass that is gorgeous, lightweight, versatile, powerful and has an amazing low price tag.
This bass comes with a quality padded gigbag, tools and documents.
Maruszczyk is one of the brands that we've been exclusive dealers for in Spain for a longer time. We've always loved these instruments and it is great to see that they do not just sit on their laurels but keep improving and growing. Every year we get a lot of new Maruszczyk basses and it is great to see that the quality and number of options just keep improving but the price tag remains incredibly affordable.
Adrian Maruszczyk is a professional bassplayer and a true visionary when it comes to bass designing. The headquarters of his brand are in Aldenhoven, Germany. Maruszczyk's moto is "From Player to Player" and it basically means that they are bassplayers who really understand what bassplayers need and can react to those needs really fast. Just check Public Peace's Youtube channel and you'll find Adrian himself doing most of the demos of his basses. We love this personal approach.
The basses are built in a small factory in Poland and Adrian Maruszczyk is really on top of the whole production system. For him it is simple: "if my name is on the bass, it has to be good".
Right now these instruments are already considered as some of the best European made basses.
What other brands call "Custom Shop", "Custom Built", "Masterbuilt", etc., means just standard at Maruszczyk basses. This means you won't be charged extra money just because a paticular component of piece of wood is a bit different. You just pay what you get for, We love this honest attitude. Also each bass is made to order, meaning they are actually all Custom Shop Basses. No standard series here or runds of dozens of similar instruments. In short: these are Custom Shop basses at Standard series pricing.
Maruszczyk Elwood L4a Flamed Maple