Mayones Comodous 5-String bass
Review Date: Monday 4th of January 2010 04:37:17 PM
Last Updated: Monday 4th of January 2010 04:37:17 PM
All the way from Gdansk in Poland, a weighty but handsome five-stringer.
Mayones has been building basses since 1982, and the original two-men-in-a-garage operation has now expanded to a team of 25. They offer four basic templates, and this chic and funky Comodous is part of the Custom range. It's got a body of zebrano and ash plus a through-neck of maple and mahogany; at 4.95kg/10.9lbs it errs on the heavy side, but it looks good. The slim neck has a rosewood fingerboard with red LED inlays that light up at the flick of a switch. The all-black hardware includes Schaller tuners, a Mayones X2 bridge and two Bartolini pickups coupled to an Aguilar preamp with Volume, Balance, a three-band EQ and a Presence control. The Comodous arrived with an ultra-low set-up and fairly light strings - not to everyone's taste, but definitely an easy, speedy player.
Earthy rumble to snappy twang, with plenty of dark, rubbery punch or barking gurgle available by boosting Middle in the various pickup settings - there's much to like here, and the EQ is potent and musical rather than powerful and overbearing.
It's expensive and a little bit heavy but the craftsmanship is superb, there's plenty of tonal variety on offer, and many of the features (wood, electronics, hardware) can be tailored to your individual requirements. So go buy that comfort strap, and check out a Mayones.