'60s Vintage-Style With Modern Updates
MVJ4-66 4-string bass delivers a boutique instrument experience with '60s vintage-style, and a modern build. When you put this bass in your hands, it's like you're home. That classic '60s bass tone is right there under your fingers. In addition to that, the slim neck feels great and is effortless to play.
Tonewood of the '60s. The solid Alder body provides the classic warm mid-forward tone that's heard on countless recordings. The MVJ4-66 body is solid Alder, not chambered, for authentic vintage tone.
'60s Style Passive J Pickups
Custom wound Alnico-V single-coil pickups deliver '60s vintage tone with punch and clarity. Very responsive for any playing style; finger, pick, slap, thumb.
Roasted Maple For Superior Neck Stability
Roasted Maple is Maple that has been kiln treated at high temperatures in an oxygen-free oven to remove moisture, sugars and other wood impurities. The result of this process is a superior, improved and stabilized neck with increased note sustain, resonance, and no dead spots.
‘Slab’ Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
Authentic Indian Rosewood fingerboard not Pau Ferro, Morado, Bolivian or other substitute. The period-correct ‘slab’ fingerboard is highly desired by vintage collectors as the wood content is more stable and resonant than the ‘mid-60s’ veneer board construction.
Steel Vintage-Style Bridge
Period-correct bridge made true vintage-style with a steel plate and steel threaded screw saddles instead of pot metal or brass. The result is note attack and decay more like the originals.
Modern Vintage MVJ4-66 4-String Bass Specifications
Body Finish: 3-Tone Sunburst, Gloss Polyurethane
Neck: Roasted Maple, Satin Polyurethane
Neck Profile: Slim C
Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood with pearl dot inlays, white binding
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"
Frets: Nickel, 20
Nut Width: 1.5"
Trussrod: Modern 2-way - easy access for 'on the fly' adjustments
Pickups: Two custom wound fibre bobbin Alnico-V single coil J. 60s bridge position
Preamp: Fully passive, controls Volume, Volume, Tone
Pickguard: 4-ply Tortoise Shell, W/B/W/T
Tuners: Hipshot Ultralite lollipop
Bridge: Vintage style with steel plate and vintage steel screw saddles. 19mm spacing
2 Year Warranty: Details Here
Keith (Doug) Mason –
While these basses are on the pricey side, the fit and finish is impeccable. I did have to make some slight tweaks for my playing style but I am loving this bass the more I play it. No neck dive and a super comfy neck to boot. Tones are classic, yet modern as well. Outstanding all around, and Dave’s knowledge and advice on his merchandise is second to none…thanks Dave.
Colin Baxter –
When John Files and master luthier Rob Elrick teamed up to design and develop this boutique bass, they hit a grand slam homerun. I have had my bass now for twenty months and have had absolutely no problems what so ever with it. It stays in tune exceptionally well and the torrified neck is extremely stable. I have gone through two Canadian winters and two very humid summers with no problem or adjustment necessary. In my opinion, you can tell how good the woods are tonally by playing it unplugged, this bass sounds amazing acoustically and off the charts amplified. Playability is superb and I have never experienced any neck dive. If you want a reliable, extremely well made, great to play, sounds incredible bass at a phantastic price, then get a Modern Vintage Bass. The bass is unquestionably 110% boutique.
Rui Resendes –
One of these beauties just arrived – some Covid-19 retail therapy. Dave knows me and knows I’m fussy. I took a leap of faith and bought this sight unseen relying only on the limited reviews, specs and Dave’s endorsement. All I can say is “Wow”. This will takes its place along side my boutique basses and feel right at home. If you’re in the market for Fender Jazz Professional – don’t do it. This bass is far superior in every way. I think it’s priced at about 50% of what it’s worth!
Colin Baxter –
I own this bass and without a doubt it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The play-ability is amazingly smooth and effortless. The tone is exactly how a J type bass should sound. This is quickly becoming my go to bass and I have some pretty high end boutique basses. I will give a more in depth review after I have this gorgeous bass for a few weeks or so. I do believe that I am the first person to purchase one of these basses.