Michael Kelly Element Custom Collection Striped Ebony 4 String Bass Guitar
The Custom Collection Element 4 bass was designed for players who prefer a modernised take on a classic. The basic body lines might look familiar, but the MK designers took liberties to enhance comfort and playability. What makes this bass special is far deeper than the striking appearance. We carefully selected each detail and spec to deliver a great bass for the stage or studio.
The impact of a bridge on the performance of a bass guitar is something that many often underestimate. In fact, the bridge is key to many aspects of tone and MK gave it the full respect that it deserved. You will see that Michael Kelly has used a solid moulded bridge with tight slots for each fully adjustable saddle, a big enhancement on its own. Michael Kelly, however, took that further. Below that bridge is an aluminium tone block. MK add that hidden block to add sustain and attack. Since it is aluminium, it adds minimal weight to the bass but generates a similar sonic impact to using a heavy bridge. MK call this bridge-and-internal-block combination the MK Stealth Attack Bridge System.
The pickups, controls, and electronics are another area where MK did extensive testing and enhancements to get a great result. The pickups were developed specifically for the MK Element bass line by Rockfield and they have an over-wound classic pickup sonic performance. MK blend that with the newly-developed Element Active Circuit that has been carefully tweaked to provide a modern sonic profile.
Also, key to the design was allowing excellent user customisation potential using the onboard controls. Those controls include offering you a stacked tone pot with separate treble and bass controls. There is also a blend via a blend knob to sweep from one pickup to the other or varying degrees of each. Also included is a bypass switch allowing you to go from active to a very vintage passive tone with a quick click.