Kd / Saturn / 2020 / High Gloss Polyester / Bass For Sale
KD Saturn Stabilized Wood 5-str, Serial Number #006
This is quite a conceptual bass which I created under strict criteria, following a certain purpose/aim. I wanted to unite the knowledge and information I’d gained to this point to define, unite and create a Universal bass. Universal for me means a wide range of sounds, blends, playability; a bass on which you can easily play solo, rhythm, slap; one with easy access to the last frets and a comfortable and durable neck. It had to be lightweight and of course – have an impressive and elegant appearance.
Saturn Stabilized Wood 5-String - I built this model under Serial Number #006. It is completely handmade with CNC-free technology. It comes with many features that I intentionally invested in it. Using stabilized wood for the top and fingerboard is one of the main and most crucial investments. This stabilized wood material not only looks incredible, it has additional properties that improve and make the entire bass more durable and stable when exposed to dry or humid environments.
For those interested in stabilized wood benefits and properties: Stabilized Balkan Maple is a special feature that gives stability to the fingerboard. It reduces by 90% the contracting or expanding of the fingerboard when exposed to dry or humid conditions. No more sharp fret edges, no more need for frequent adjustments to the neck truss rod. Sounds exactly like wood and refrets like all other wood. The beauty of the wood is preserved and even enhanced due to the stabilization process.
Another important feature is the Chambered body. The use of quality and specific hard woods adds weight to the bass. The only way to relieve this issue is by chambering.
Of course, the 25-year-seasoned Bulgarian Elm combined with the 13-year-seasoned Balkan Maple bring significant sound quality value on the bass.
Body: 25-Years-seasoned Bulgarian Elm wood plus unique multicolor stabilized Maple burl top. Walnut veneer lamination in between the top and the body.
Neck: CONE CORE neck construction. 3-pieces 13- years- seasoned Bulgarian (Balkan) Maple plus two stripes Purple Heart reinforcement. Red stained Maple veneer between the fingerboard and the neck.
- Matching headstock- Stabilized wood plate
- 34" (863.6mm) scale
- Side position marks – Specially made Hornbeam center wood, integrated in thing Ebony ring.
- 16" (406.4mm) fingerboard radius
- 20mm (0.787") thickness at 1-st fret
- 22mm (0.866") thickness at 12-th fret
- 45mm (1.771") nut width
- 24 medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
- The nut is made of Indian Water Bull horn
- Saturn planet Inlay on the 12-th fret. The inlay is made of Stabilized wood and Ebony. This is not a sticker, nor a decal!
Fingerboard: Blue stabilized Bulgarian Maple.
Bridge: ABM MKII, 17mm (0.669") spacing. The spacing of the bridge is variable – from 16,3mm to 17,5mm.
Pickups: Haeussel BassBar set – Neck + Bridge
Finish: High gloss Polyester
Strap pins: Schaller S-locks
Hardware color: Chrome
- VOLUME Push/Pull, Active/Passive
- MID (250Hz down, pull up for 800Hz)
Onboard preamp: Noll TCM 3, 9V
Weight: 4,200kg (9.2lbs)
Stainless steel electronic box cover plate.
Copper shielding protects the entire electronic box and pickups.
Custom options and price are available upon request!
The bass comes with:
- Gigbag Canto premium;
- Certificate Of Authenticity
- Set of Two KD Cleaning Towels:
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
We pay very special attention to how we pack our instruments for shipping. We use a 5-layer cardboard box. The instrument is wrapped with stretch foil (all around the gig bag or the hard case), plus Air foil on top. We insulate the entire interior of the cardboard box with 1.181 inches of thick foam (30 mm) – on all sides. The safest possible combination of packaging materials!
Free shipping to EU!
To the rest of the world, contact me for getting a qutation.
"KD Guitars speak your music!"
I see you have found your way to my VnR shop, which tells me that we share a passion for music and for hand-crafted boutique guitars and basses.
Let me tell you a bit about myself and my instruments.
I have been making electric guitars and basses in limited series for more than twenty years. I do this only by hand. I do not use a CNC router and I believe that this adds to the uniqueness of my instruments. Each guitar and bass is made with extreme care and love in contrast to mass produced instruments. Because of this, I am able to breathe life and character into each guitar I make and each one is individual and distinctive from the others. Diligence and care go into the crafting of each individual instrument and they are all backed by a lifetime warranty.
The fundamental factor owing to the quality of KD guitars is the special selection of the wood I use. Most of it is local to Bulgaria and I gather it myself. Before using the wood, I dry and season it for a minimum of five years. It is proven that the natural drying of wood rids it of stresses/inner pressure and guarantees a high quality instrument. I do not use artificially dried wood - except in cases when the customer wishes to use a wood that is found on a different continent or in a different geographical region. In these situations I buy wood only from licensed dealers of tonewood.
An interesting fact is that the wood varieties considered to be the ultimate tonewood grow right here in the Balkans. Due to the specific climatic features of this region, wood such as Alder, Spruce and Balkan Maple acquire different structures and mechanical properties in contrast to the same species of wood grown in other parts of the world. It is precisely these differences that give my guitars and basses their unique appearance and sound.
Legend says that Stradivari collected the wood for his legendary violins from the Rhodope Mountains, a mountain range in Bulgaria, where I live. As a luthier, I feel privileged to live in Bulgaria and to have the opportunity to use this unique gift of nature by investing it in my own production of guitars.
For some of my more elaborate guitars and basses, I use hardware and electronics that I also make myself. In most cases, however, I use quality products made by proven brands and producers like Gottoh, Bare Knuckle, Haeussel, Hipshot, Schaller, etc.
Regarding the design of my instruments, I try to follow a line that significantly differentiates them from the looks of the more popular mass-produced models. The feedback I receive from my customers tells me that I am doing quite well in this endeavour. In addition to crafting my instruments traditionally by hand and holding to the unique appearance and character of each one, I also enjoy experimenting with new materials and technologies. For years I have been experimenting with stabilized wood and to date I’ve got a few successful projects made with it. Stabilized wood is extremely useful to musicians who often travel in and out of wet and dry climates.
Besides the instruments I have in stock, which are ready for purchase, I also welcome special orders. If you are looking for a custom-made guitar or bass, feel free to contact me so that we can discuss your options, desired materials, construction and all other details that are important to you.
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For shipping within EU we use DPD shipping company. Time for delivery - 5-7 working days.
For US clients we use EMS or Bulgarian National Postal Services, time for delivery varies from 10 working days to 21 working days.
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