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Godlyke has announced the release of the
new Maxon BD10 Hybrid Bass Driver,
which works equally well with guitar and
bass when it comes to delivering crunch.
The BD10 can cover a wide variety of
distorted tones, from semi-dirty boosts
all the way to super-saturated shred, they
tell us, and the unit also comes with a
symmetrical clipping circuit, dedicated
level controls for clean and overdriven
sounds and buffered bypass switching.
They're selling at $189.
We're delighted to be the first to announce that Jools Holland bassist Dave Swift has a
new signature bass guitar on the way from the renowned American luthier Pete Skjold. The
Dave Swift Drakkar 5 is handmade in the USA from top-spec materials. The body is white
limba, the top and back are made of English walnut burl and English walnut respectively,
both exhibition grade. The neck is one-piece quartersawn maple with a 34” scale, a South
American rosewood fretboard, luminescent position markers and 24 Evo-Gold frets.
At five kilos and boasting an extra mass body and an extra thick neck, the Drakkar is no
lightweight, but the payoff will no doubt come in the form of immense tone and sustain,
already likely to be world-class thanks to the Aero Split Reverse P pickup and modified
P-Retro electronics from the mighty John East. Stacked volume/tone and stacked dual mid
controls with sweep and pull for extra bass boost add more value for your outlay of (gulp) just
over $7500, assuming you order yours directly from Pete Skjold.
Swift himself tells us: “My Pete Skjold customised Drakkar five-string is probably my most
eagerly awaited bass ever! Pete and I spent many hours discussing minute details over the
phone and in emails. I was so grateful and impressed that he was
willing and able to indulge me when it came to understanding and
capturing exactly what I was looking for in a custom bass. I gave
Pete a lot of information on other instruments I'd owned in my 34-
year career as a professional musician, including things I liked and
disliked about them. He appreciated precisely what I was looking for
and expecting from my first Skjold bass. This gave me an enormous
amount of confidence in Pete as a luthier and in my expectations
of the finished product. I'm extremely excited knowing that this
stunning, intelligently conceived, beautifully crafted, handmade
instrument will soon be in my hands, and out on tour with Jools
Holland. I think this could well be the bass of my dreams!”
Look out for interviews with Swift and Skjold very shortly.
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