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Traben John Moyer Signature Havoc 5-string Bass
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Traben's newest addition to its artist roster is also one of their most notable. When the prominent hard rock band Disturbed hits the road, bassist J...Read More
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Traben's newest addition to its artist roster is also one of their most notable. When the prominent hard rock band Disturbed hits the road, bassist John Moyer can be seen and heard laying down the foundation with his signature Traben Havoc Bass. This bolt-on, 5-string thunderous axe is made of paulownia with a rosewood fretboard and bone nut. The bass guitar features two Rockfield humbuckers, an Aguilar Amplification OBP-3 preamp, a 3-band EQ with volume and a 5-way switch which lets you toggle between coils for the sound that you want to pickup most.
- Paulownia body
- Rosewood fretboard
- Bone nut
- Chaos internal bridge
- 35" scale
- Bolt-on construction
- Two Rockfield humbuckers
- Aguilar Amplification OBP-3 preamp
- 3-band EQ with volume
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I have just received this bass and I must say, it is well worth the price. Beautiful, Light in comparison to other brands like Fender or Warwick and yet it has the tone, feel and professional aspect of a true bass. Honestly, I must say this is a true bass. Aguilar Pre amp, 18v, Rockfield Dual Humbuckers and a bridge that doesn't yell Bite me. I own a Traben Array and I've learned on that bass and love the feel, look and sound but the quality was quickly diminishing and I needed to upgrade. 6 years after picking up my first traben, I get my second. I love the neck, its smoothe and fast but not so small it feels like a toy. and the weight is perfect, not too light or heavy. Plus, the action stock is perfect, I tend to tap alot and this comes in handy. All in all, I love it. my only peev is the tuners. That 1 screw tuner installment always screams weak spot to me but oh well. I still give it a 5 for Value as it is the best at this price range without going for Warwicks, which take 5 months to come in.
This bass is gorgeous in both looks and sound. The two humbuckers are strong, and with the selector switch, they are the most versatile I've played. The only problem was the bass was picking up radio signals. I tried shielding but it didn't work, nor did taking it to other places. Even the folks at Traben were stupified. Needless to say I exchanged the bass for a new one which should be to me soon. Other than that annoyance, this bass is a tone monster. The aguilar obp-3 preamp is outstanding, even the slightest twist of a knob gives a noticeable change. It stayed in tune well through travel and play. I love this bass, the way it looks, feels, and plays. The radio problem should not be inherent to all of the havoc models, it was just a gremlin in the one I got. I'm sure it will not be a problem with the new one. Do not hesitate to buy this bass, it is the best under $1000. All the best to you, happy playing.
I will say one thing, I love my Schecter Studio - 5 bass. I do think this bass is a great bass too though.With the RockField pickups and the reverse head stock and this Traben provides great tone from what I heard from it. With it being a 5 string is amazing too, considering that I play a 5 string bass too!
This bass does hit it out of the park, but it fell a smidge short and bounced over the fence after landing in the outfield...This bass is a tone monster good for many styles of music. High output Rockfield dual MM pickups give the essence of the genuine MusicMan, and Aguilar preamp ('nuf said, right?!) sounds great with no noticable noise when plugged in. Wide string spacing at the bridge, but narrow nut at the top of the neck. This is a very comfortable bass to play. Right hand feels like playing a Jazz bass with an added B string grafted on, and left hand is not overextended by a huge neck. The paulonia wood body reminds my of swamp ash tonally; punchy, full, crisp tone. Sturdy bolt on maple neck.However, what this bass doesn't have (and the reason I bought the Traben Chaos Obsession 5-string instead of this one) is neck-thru constuction, more evenly toned soapbar pickups, and multi-lam maple/walnut neck.
The Traben John Moyer Signature Havoc 5-string Bass is certainly a lot of guitar: where some bass guitars can be compared to be the ?hard pulling diesel truck? or the ?retro van? I consider this Traben to be comparable to a ?sport-luxury SUV?. It has the versatility to do so much and go so many places while still doing it with the fast sport engine and the luxury-comfort interior.I bought the Traben John Moyer Signature Havoc 5-string Bass specifically because I could purchase on sale at almost the same price as the Traben John Moyer Standard 5 string at regular price. Comparing the Traben to other 5 string bass (like an ESP LTD) I can say that the Traben Chaos bridge really does create that bigger tone: it lives up to the hype. I find the design of the Traben Havoc body cut out allows easy use of the high end of the whole 35-inch scale, while still being short enough I was able to buy a guitar shaped hard case instead of a huge square box-style hard case. Unlike most guitar manufactures that put cheap strings on their guitars this Traben comes with D'Addario EXP170-5 EXP Coated Soft Bass Strings on from factory!I have found that some combo amps do not handle the active Rockfield humbuckers and/or the Aguilar Amplification OBP-3 preamp very well causing high pitched whining problems with high volume and/or high treble settings (Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo or Fender Bassman 150 Bass Combo Amp being two I know of). I bought my Traben John Moyer Signature Havoc 5-string Bass in a factory sealed box and opened it to find several bridge screws in the bottom of the box, a small pencil lead-sized dent in the finish and the action was so low the strings were touching the first fret: for as great as the guitar is their quality control department needs to be better.Due to a slight lacking in quality control I give it 4.5 for Quality and since I didn?t test it over a normally cheaper Standard version I give it 4.5 for Value. I am not sure if the active pick-up and preamp is really a problem, so Features and Overall get 5.0.