S c h a lle r t u n e r s a n d f iv e
i n d i v i d u a l b r a s s A B M b r id g e s
a r e p r e c is io n - e n g in e e r e d , t h e
b o d y f i n i s h - a n a t u r a l o il
t o n e - is b e a u t i f u l l y c o n s is t e n t ,
a n d e v e n t h e n u t is m a d e o f
m a m m o t h iv o r y , i t s a y s h e r e .
( W h e r e y o u g o t o b u y m a m m o t h
i v o r y is im p o s s ib le t o g u e s s .) A s
f o r t h e m a p le a n d w a l n u t w o o d s
u s e d i n t h e b o d y , t h e y ’v e b e e n
s e le c te d f o r t h e i r h a r d n e s s a n d
t h e r e f o r e t h e i r to n e . D o n 't d r o p
i t t h o u g h , f o r G o d ’s s a k e .
T o n e - w is e , t h e D a S a lo h a s
p r e t t y m u c h e v e r y t h i n g y o u
n e e d , a s lo n g a s w h a t y o u
n e e d is im m e n s e l o w e n d . G o
e ls e w h e r e f o r t r u e , w i n d o w -
s h a t t e r i n g t r e b le : t h i s b a s s
is l a r g e l y a b o u t m id s a n d
b o t t o m , a l t h o u g h t h e t o p e n d
is a m p le . F l i p i n t o a c t i v e m o d e
a n d y o u ’l l s e e w h a t w e m e a n :
t h e b a s s w i l l b l o w y o u r m in d ,
a n d p o s s ib ly y o u r c a b , w h e n
y o u m a x i t o u t v i a t h e E Q .
T h e c o m b i n a t i o n o f p r i m e -
q u a l i t y c o m p o n e n t s - t w o o f
N o r d s t r a n d s d o u b le - c o il D C S h u m b u c k e r s . h o o k e d u p t o a D e lu x U n i
p r e a m p f r o m t h e g r e a t J o h n E a s t - is r e s p o n s ib le f o r t h i s h u g e o u t p u t
( a n d n o d o u b t a p o r t i o n o f t h e h u g e p r ic e ) . Y o u c a n c u s t o m is e t h e
m a j o r i t y o f t h e s e f e a t u r e s , o f c o u r s e , s o t a i l o r - m a k i n g y o u r d r e a m
b a s s is d o a b le .
S o , l e t ’s p la y it . Y o u ’d e x p e c t t h e D a S a lo t o b e r e s p o n s iv e , s lic k ,
v e r s a t ile a n d s o lid , a n d in d e e d i t is a l l t h o s e a d je c t iv e s a n d m o r e . W i t h
t h e E Q f la t , t h e r e 's a l o v e l y l i q u i d t o n e t h a t w o u l d u n d e r p i n m o r e o r
le s s a n y m u s ic a l e n v i r o n m e n t w i t h e a s e . N e e d m o r e c u t? I t ’s t h e r e :
s la p t o n e s a r e e a s y a n d f u n t o a c h ie v e . F o r c o lo n - lo o s e n in g l o w to n e s ,
t h e r e ’s p l e n t y o n o f f e r , a s w e 'v e s e e n .
T h e p r e d o m in a n t im p r e s s io n is o n e o f g r e a t e a s e . I f y o u ’r e a f o u r -
s t r in g p la y e r w h o e x t e n d s t o f iv e f r o m t i m e t o t im e , b u t r e a lly p r e f e r s
a l o w E t o a l o w B , y o u ’l l e n jo y p la y in g t h e D a S a lo . I t ’s o n e o f th o s e
r a r e f iv e s w h i c h is a s e a s y t o p la y a s a f o u r . T h e s y m p a t h e t ic s t r in g
s p a c in g - 9 m m a t t h e n u t , 1 8 m m a t t h e b r id g e - is e a s ily m a n a g e d b y
e v e n t h e m o s t s a u s a g e - lik e fin g e r s , a n d t h e l o w В is a s f i r m a s a n y o n e
c o u ld w a n t , w i t h o u t a t r a c e o f f la p . H e lp e d a lo n g e n o r m o u s ly b y t h e
n e c k - o n e o f t h e s lic k e s t, s h r e d d ie s t b it s o f w o o d w e ’v e p la y e d i n a
w h i l e - y o u r p la y i n g w i l l f e e l b e t t e r , e a s ie r a n d m o r e im p r e s s iv e . T h a t 's
t h e p o w e r o f a h ig h - e n d i n s t r u m e n t f o r y o u .
Y o u d o n ’t a c t u a lly h a v e t o p a y f iv e g r a n d f o r a D a S a lo . O u r r e v ie w m o d e l
h a s a ll t h e b e lls a n d w h is t le s , t a k in g i t t o t h a t p r ic e p o in t , a n d it 's b e e n
a b la s t p la y in g it , b u t t h e b a s ic f o u r - s t r in g c o s t is ‘o n l y ’ £ 3 ,3 0 0 . A d d t h e
q u ilt e d m a p le , w a l n u t a n d / o r f la m e d m a p le o p t io n s (£ 5 0 0 ), p lu s a n e c k -
t h r u j o i n t (£ 7 5 0 ), t h e E a s t p r e a m p (a m e r e £ 1 0 0 !) a n d t h a t ’s w h a t y o u h a v e
h e r e , a s w e l l a s t h e ju m p f r o m f o u r t o f iv e s t r in g s a t a n o t h e r £ 3 0 0 . I n
a n y c a s e , y o u 'r e g o in g t o e n jo y w h ic h e v e r o p t io n y o u g o f o r : t h a t c a n b e
s ta te d w i t h o u t r e s e r v a tio n . F it t in g ly , t h e b a s s is n a m e d a f t e r G a s p a r o D a
S a lo , a r e n o w n e d 1 6 t h - c e n t u r y
d o u b le b a s s p la y e r . I t ’s s a fe t o s a y ,
h e w o u ld h a v e b e e n p le a s e d w i t h
t h is s p le n d id in s t r u m e n t .
Ш Ш
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
PRICE I £4,950 inc VAT
MADE IN I UK
BODY I French quilted maple, English
walnut and flamed English maple
NECK I Flamed English maple,
English walnut, 35" scale
FRETBOARD I Rosewood
NECK JOINT I Neck-thru
FRETS 124
PREAMP I John East Uni Pre Delux
PICKUPS 12
X
Nordstrand DC5
MACHINEHEADSI Schaller M4
BRIDGE I ABM individual
WEIGHT 14.3kg
PLUS I Superbly designed and
engineered instrument
MINUS I Single cutaway may not appeal
to all bassists
OVERALL IA mighty debut on the bass
market by a new, high-spec brand
BGM RATING
BUILD
QUALITY
SOUND
QUALITY
VALUE
0 5 8
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