Artisan B5 Element are the completely revamped group of basses that combines only the best elements from the highly popular Artisan B-class basses, including roasted maple fretboard on 5pc panga-panga / walnut neck, Bartolini MK-1 pickups and Bartolini MK-1 preamp set, and Hipshot Ultra-lite tuners.
Bartolini's renowned MK-1 preamp provides powerful yet transparent boost along with its trademark crisp high-end. The MK-1 transfers the natural liveliness of the bass through a flexible 3-band equalizer for a variety of applications ranging from studio recording to large concert halls. It also provides a switchable active/passive mode for a powerful modern active sound or an organic traditional passive sound.
The emphasis of the Panga Panga and Walnut combination is on tight and defined midrange that complements the bright and expansive tonal nature of the Mahogany body for an ideally balanced sound to round out the bass spectrum.
The Artisan B5 Element features Hipshot Ultra-lite tuners as standard equipment for tuning accuracy and stability. By treating the Maple in an oxygen-free oven at a high temperature, the wood stabilises and develops a golden-brownish look for enhanced stability as well as a more vintage type of look and a big bolder tone.