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Traben Basses

As I mentioned, I went out yesterday to do some bass shopping. What I think I want is a simple, solid P bass clone, preferably well under £100. However, although I found some decent (but more expensive) P basses, my award for most notable instrument went to the Traben Neo.

The distinctive feature of this bass is the huge bridge plate; it is so large, it doubles as a scratchplate. Coupling the strings to such a significant lump of metal really does seem to produce a clear sound with good sustain which appeals to me. I wonder if the large bridge unit on my headless Sei is part of what makes that instrument work for my tastes?

What I’m after at the moment is something without batteries and with a thumpier sound but, were I bassless, the Traben models would certainly get a look in (although I do like having six strings to play with!).

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