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Exotic figured wood meets up with stunning style and tone!
Using exotic woods normally reserved for high-end or custom basses, the Traben Array Limited 5S brings a striking spalted maple top to the Traben style and sound. Combine the custom looks with a modern soapbar and humbucker pickup combination with 3-band active EQ and you've got one hot bass. The pickups are also controlled by volume and blend knobs. The solid brass bridge provides a sonic benefit that you will hear and feel. The Array body is slightly smaller and perfectly balanced for lighter weight and modern feel.
Traben's unique philosophy for building electric basses centers around their large bridges for bigger, badder tone. These bigger bridges are designed to have more mass and more bridge-to-body contact for added resonance in the body.
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I'd like to begin this review with a compliment. This bass is beautiful. The beauty of the red spalt was part of my choice to purchase this bass over other competitors, not to mention the exotic shape, stand-out bridge and great price.I compared this to a epiphone t-bird V, a handful of schecter basses and a spector legend classic. This beat them out. The number of tone knobs gives me great control of my sound. great for switching genres quickly. the size of the humbucker on this baby was another deal breaker. this will growl like a beast. on the flip side, the soapbar pick up gives it the ability for a nice warm tone. the long scale makes playing in drop D and drop C a pleasure, the strings stay taut and playing is still quite easy.My one and only complaint is the neck drop. i have a leather and plastic strap, which tends to slip around on my t-shirts. if you stay conscious of manualing fixing the drop, you're golden.
PROS:35" scale neck makes the B less "floppy" than others. PUPs are hot and the preamp sounds better than some $2k actives I've played. Very versatile sound. Red spalt is gorgeous. Brass nut and very resonant bridge/ thru body feeling. I got mine elsewhere on DEEP discount but would consider buying it again if it walked off.CONS:Neck dive is significant with most straps. I wish the neck PUP was actually next to the neck instead of in the middle - watch playing a pick. If you "hard finger" over the bridge PUP, your fingertips will catch one of those sharp metal edges on the tribal bridge plate. My bridge saddles rattle and the set screws are easy to strip. The fretboard feels very cheaply made to me when I swap back to my J bass. Some frets buzz even with proper relief. The bridge saddles could use a little more adjustment headroom and the truss is abnormally stiff even at the rest position.Overall great bass, but at this price it's worth considering other options (Yamaha, MIM Fender, used, etc.)
Like the title says. This thing defeats every other bass I've played on almost everything, and I've played some good ones. Turn the balance nob clockwise, and it growls enough to intimidate a Rick. Turn it counter, and you get a really deep sound, like a jazz bass on heroine, perfect sound for the low B string. The active eq gives you alot of tone flexibility, and, combined with the balance, can make some quite cool sounds come out of this bass. Do I really even need to say a thing about how it looks? Maybe so; the red is better, but both are beautiful. The neck isn't very fast-feeling on the very upper register notes, like the F Gb and G only, the lower part of the neck is a big difference though, maybe because it gets thinner going to the headstock. I've owned this thing for 2 years now, and remains my favorite out of every other bass I have played yet.
When I recieved this bass as a gift a year ago, I was blown away by the stunning beauty of the Red spalted finish. I was however dissapointed when I found out the main body wood was basswood. Over the time I have owned it I have quickly found that my dissapointment was misplaced! I run it through an ampeg 4X10 and a Carvin head, and this thing Growls! the only complaint I have is that the Pickup blend pot is Very frgaile, but thats Most likely because it was a faulty part. Overall I would Reccomend adding this bass to any collection, you wont regret it!
I already own a Traben Chaos Obsession 5-string, but saw this bass at a local guitar shop and couldn't resist trying it out. I'm not typically a fan of basswood (the body wood this bass is made of), but there's something about the way the wood comes together with the finish, the hardware, the pickups and electronics... This bass sounds GREAT!! I thought the combination of the soapbar and MM style pickups was odd, but it works surprisingly well. The smaller than usual body is comfortable, and the neck is slim and fast. The only thing that I noticed was that the bass takes a dive when playing with a strap standing up because of the lightweight, soft basswood body. It isn't bad, but its there.
I first saw this in a Guitar center down in monroeville, the red version, and was just blown away. I had never played with a 5 string, but I instantly fell in love with this thing. I realised one thing when I got mine with the spalted maple, the pictures just don't even come close to doing it justice. Its beautiful. the pickups sound great, and with the blend and active eq I can get such a beautiful funky tone out of it. The only problem with mine, is the truss rods could be adjusted a tiny bit to make it absolutely perfect, but other than that, the bridge gives it unmatched sustain and clarity. I am telling you that if you are looking for a bass, go Traben, if you want a 5 string, this is it. Compared to some ibanez, warwick, and musicmen bass' this is the BEST!!!
This bass is pretty good. The biggest problem with it is that the looks are a bit "extreme" for a lot of people, but the sound is very versatile. I've found that the giant bridge gives great sustain, and the EQ on this bass is superb, a little tiny nudge goes a noticeably long way. The 35" scale is really nice, and the red spalted finish, if you can get it, is absolutely worth it. It has a great tone, but I recommend trying it out before you buy, as with any instrument. Overall, kills anything else I have played in this price range.
I have just received this bass last week (lefty version,) and it is an excellent bass! It is already my favorite piece of gear I have ever bought...the neck rocks, the pickups are sweet (the neck soapbar being very warm while the bridge pickup is excellent! I can get a "picked" tone from the bridge pickup when using my fingers, which is totally what I was looking for!) and the spalted maple top is unique! The strings that came on it weren't long enough to be re-strung thru-body, so be warned (check D'Addario or DR for strings that will fit) and when I re-strung the bass, the tuners were loose in the drilled holes in the headstock (easily tightened). Other than that, give Traben a try, they really do have a bigger, badder tone...check that bridge!
I have been watching Traben for a while now and when I finally went to test it out at a store I fell in love with this bass. It can pack a nice "growling" sound which is something that truly I love. But the bass can fit any other style rather well. Its a very versatile bass. It has great sound and looks,personally what more could you ask for?
This bass rules. I've been looking for a new bass for a while, and when I saw this, the looks made me consider. When I got it, I was amazed at the tone. The three band EQ is way better (although a little more complex) than a single tone control. The humbucker/ jazz combination is unbelievable.I got creeped once, becasue I wasn't expecting the battery (the bass is active) to give out for a while, but it did and I didn't know it, and it had a tone of clipping. But the active part makes it sound a lot better than average passive basses, as long as the battery works.