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Traben Phoenix 5-String Bass

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The burning looks start with a sleek contoured basswood body and mouth-watering quilt maple top that's topped off with a 5-piece maple and walnut bol...Click To Read More About This Product

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Makes a unique visual statement as it lays down block-rocking bottom end!

The burning looks start with a sleek contoured basswood body and mouth-watering quilt maple top that's topped off with a 5-piece maple and walnut bolt-on neck. Scale length is 35", with a 24-fret rosewood fretboard. The active Custom Combo pickups pour on aggressive tone, with a Traben T3 preamp to finesse the sound. The large chrome-plated "Inferno"-design brass bridge is tricked out with a stunning flame design and improves sound quality by enhancing resonance. The unique flame-inspired fingerboard inlays complete the outrageous visuals. For rock-solid tone that's got a lot of flash, fly with the Phoenix.

  • Basswood body
  • Quilt maple top
  • 5-piece maple and walnut bolt-on neck
  • 35" scale length
  • 24 frets
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Custom Combo pickups
  • Traben T3 preamp
  • Chrome-plated "Inferno"-design brass bridge
  • Flame inspired fingerboard inlay
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Awesome Bass!

By Phoenix

from Franklin, TN

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I played this bass in a shop near my town and I was amazed at the sheer awesomeness of it. At first glance, you can tell this bass is unique. As far as the bridge adding to its sustain... I don't think it's noticeable, but it does give the bass a unique tone that especially sounds good with bass distortion or overdrive. I won a special Sun model and I play it through a boss overdrive pedal and it is the best thing that's happened to me as a bass player. I'd recommend this bass for anyone seeking a unique bass that delivers exellent tone without having to sell your soul.

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It's a Head-Splitter

By SlamminDrums2000

from Mountain Home, Utah

I have just one word: SKILLET!!!! I wen to a Skillet concert 2 nights ago, and I was VERY impressed with this bass. So was the bass player; he played this guitar exclusively all night long. He was freaking out, looking like he was having a siezure on-stage, and this bass still performed amazingly. It shook the entire stadium all night long, had a huge, edgy tone, and had more rumble than the bass drum. This is an amazing bass. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to shake their audience right out of the clothes. I plan on buying one as soon as possible.

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Simply Awesome.

By Meh!

from Sacramento, CA

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I bought my Traben Phoenix 5 about a year ago. Its one of the earlier solarburst models, which is the same as this but in the solarburst color (check out the website). When I first got this, it took some getting used to. This is a picky bass, and has some fret buzz if you play sloppily. But when you play well, this bass does anything you can ask for and more. I play many different styles; I play mostly rock and metal live but jam on just about everything else with friends. The sustain on this thing is great- not sure if its due to the bridge or what but its there. The inlay is great- it does not hinder the playability of this bass at all and is quite level on the neck. Rosewood isn't my favorite fingerboard, but o well. The pups on this thing help with the fret buzz if you aren't being careful. The bass knob on the electronics is pretty much a second volume control, and you can't really change the tone much with the active EQ, but the pup selection pot does wonders for the ton you are looking for. Finally, this thing looks great, especially under the lights. I have had people ask how much it costed to have this thing built, and its amazing that this is not a custom job. The only complaint I have is how selective the neck is concerning the buzz, but it doesn't matter most of the time. Sounds great for slapping as well as fingertone, and the low B is not floppy at all. Great bass, great price for what you get. I am considering getting another Traben sometime soon.

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One of the Hottest Basses you'll ever own!!

By ElectroBaz

from Claremont, CA.

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Hey Hey!OK-Here's the low-down on this bass."It's HOT!" It's the best, most awesome looking axe's you'll ever own. I have both the Traben Array & the Phoenix 5- string & they both kick ass! In short, It's one of the best sounding, smooth playing & best value for the money you will get on this planet for what you will get!NO Bullshit! I play professional & do studio recording & this bass has all the hot sounds you'll ever want. I give it a 20 star salute & thank God for the Traben company & for their awesome designs & innovations in an other wise boring music world! Kudos & here's to you!"ROCK N' ROLL!" +;-)


This thing is sick!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Sick sounds and sick looks, everyone watches when this thing is goin'. Fretboard inlay work is surprisingly well fit and polished. This thing is solid as can be, and yes that big flamey thing is the bridge and it rocks. The bass is long scale 35" which takes some getting used to because the frets are farther apart. Only downside, it's heavy, and hard to find a case that fits. I recommend a traben one to fit it.It's an amazing deal for the price. And it suits just about any sound.


Fast becoming a favorite

By Bass Loving Mutant

from Seattle, WA

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I own a number of basses, including some "classic", vintage instruments. When I got to looking at 5-string basses, a friend tipped me off to Traben. Until I played this bass, I thought the whole "big bridge" thing was a gimmick. Not so. The increased mass and contact points with the body give this thing monster resonance. The playability is magnificent--easily the equal of my instruments worth 4 times as much. It's feature-packed, great sounding and has looks-that-kill aesthetics. Just buy one and then check out US Masters, my other recent fave.


Hot sound, hot looks.

By Bloodless653

from Avoca, NY

This bass is amazing. I first saw and heard this bass because of John Cooper of Skillet. The sound is clear and beautiful The paint job is beautiful, ranging from almost black in low light, to the amazing red in good light. The Traben Bigger Bridge really does make a difference in the sound, and it definitely makes this one of the coolest looking basses out there. The flames in the fretboard are so smooth and beautiful. The only down-side to this instrument is that it's pretty heavy. I'd recommend buying strap locks.


best buy!

By phoenix-5-string

from philadelphia PA

I just got this for christmas-2005 and it sounds great. the pickup config is great and it is fun to play. i can get a variety of tone with the active pickup eq., also when i had my first band practice my friends were in awe, and so was everyone else i showed it to. it sounds better than any fender p/j bass i have played and is a great price, an must buy.


Can you feel it?

By Thunder Lizard

from Maryland

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I purchased a 4 string Pheonix in April 2004 - I had never heard of the company and took a chance. Now I can't put the bass down. It has replaced my Musicman Stingray as my primary gig bass and has the sound and playability that I could have only dreamed of when I first started out playing bass. I hate reviews that go on as if the thing is the greatest ever though so if I have a knock on it it's that the bass is weighty. Playing a standard punk, rock, or funk gig with this and about halfway through I feel like I have been in a fight but that's just me maybe. Either way I have put mine through several studio projects and numerous gigs and never been let down. The pick-up configuration and active system definitely add to this basses overall sound and the sonicart bridge is not only cool to see in person but seems to really live up to the hype. The neck inlay is amazingly well done. Most people assume that this mine is a custom made bass costing many more $$$ than it did. I couldn't be happier.If you can feel the look you'll love the bass. As a side note Traben is a very cool company - went to their place in FL, very nice people. They answered all my questions and gave me a few ideas for action adjustments. Traben should be able to make a real name for themselves. Buy one before they raise the price though! Thanks Traben for an great product keep up the great job!


Amazing sweet the sound!!


from Wadsworth, OH

I bought mine on a whim and am glad I did. This is an awesome bass for the price. It has replaced my 4-string Warlock. I hear lots of complaints about the weight...but after playing the Warlock, it isn't much different. The sounds I get out of this thing is awesome! I am in a metal band and this thing does everything I ask of it and more. I'm sure that in just a few years, Traben will be a household name for bassists.



By Nortjek

from New Windsor NY

Mine is 4 strings, I love it very much sound so good, nice neck low action, looks good, feels good. No complaints it's simply perfect instrument for me.


incredible bass

By ace5ja

from Evansville, IN

i special ordered this bass several months ago, and i can't say enough great things about it. the tone is great, regardless of what music you play, and it's easy to play. it plays like basses of twice the price. the one and only drawback of it is that it's a little heavy, but it's more than made up for in the high quality of craftsmanship and sound. and who can deny that it just looks incredible. all in all, i think it's by far and away the best bass in this price range and i would recommend it to anyone.



By Jake-OEDfq

from Deptford, NJ

I bought this about 1 year ago and i have never looked back since. The look catches everyone's eye and really comes to life with moderate lighting conditions. The tone is the best out of any bass i have ever played, and you can make it sound completely hollow or pound in the heavy lows. Even with a thciker neck, this thing craves speed. It will pull out the best that you have, and sounds beautiful with every playing style. From tapping to slapping, the Phoenix can do it all. My only "problem" is that the main volume nob likes to pop off, but that is nothing really. This is a must buy if you are looking for a 5 string!


My bandmates just stare in AWE..

By Ryman

from Allentown, PA

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A strikingly beautiful bass equalled in its bright, crisp tone. Love the "String thru" design that helps create amazing sustain. It is a very heavy bass, though. To me, it feels like playing an ESP or LTD "B" series bass. When played unplugged, it sound kind of "clacky", but have NO problems when plugged in. The crisp, clean tone stands out through the sound of the guitars pretty well, if you have the power to do so. Makes great clean recordings and has a Very Pronounced B string. (think: Primus-DMV)The wider fret spacing of the 35" scale neck allows easier tapping at the higher frets and the standard string spacing is good for slapping.Only real problem with the bass is that I don't get to really look at it while playing. I'm stuck looking at the top and not the front.

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