This is a rare made-in-China / Korea / Indonesia bass guitar. I think.
I bought the bass from the original owner, who told me he purchased the bass new at the US Masters shop in Wisconsin, around 2006.
US Masters was a company that for several years made guitars and basses in relatively small numbers best I can tell.
Was it a small small shop ? A small factory ?
Was this bass made here ? There is no “made in” attribution, no serial number.
I don’t think so.
Maybe a prototype of an import series contemplated by US Masters and Brian Bromberg ?
More questions that answers, I know, but please, if you know more about this bass than I do , please let me know
Here is what I do know
- 7 piece neck-thru , Maple with runners , 35″ scale
- Rosewood fingerboard with B2 inlay, 24 frets
- Mahogany body wings – 9.25 lbs
- Full Flame Maple top and headstock veneer
- 3 band preamp with a master volume, stacked pickup volumes, stacked bass and treble, mid range , piezo volume and piezo/magnetic blend. One the back panel are trims pots fopr bass , treble, and piezo trim. I WILL provide a road map
- Fishman piezos
- Dual mag pickups
- Full nut width 1.78″
- String spacing at the bridge is 17.5mm
I can count 5 different variations of this bass’ design, beginning at the beginning with luthier Bob Mick, who created a numbers of customs for Brian B. I am not sure who is responsible for this body shape, whcih I have always liked.
After Bob Mick came the Peavey B Quad , featuring a sleek graphite neck made by Modulus for Peavey. Perhapss Peavev’s BBE ? ( Best Bass Ever )
Add to these Dean and the current version by Carvin. I think there was one other – any help out there ?
The neck on this bass is certainly chunkier than that of the super sleek Peavey B Quad. Still, the bass plays well and sounds very good. It is a very versatile electronics package.