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3 hours ago, burno70 said:

Hey - I come up with this exact bass (save the pups) on the configurator the other week! Noice!

Thanks - certainly works for me even tho I can't take any credit for the design.  Glad you didn't patent it - or did you? 😧

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Recently had my Elwood L restrung at Guitar Guitar for free under their recent promotion. The guys there hadn't heard of Maruszczyk, but they were mightily impressed with mine, which was very pleasing.

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Just been trying to get myself up to speed on what the various bass options for Maruszczyk basses are but couldn't easily find a side by side comparison of what was available; so I took the liberty of cutting and pasting from their website to pull something together for myself. Sharing this here in case it's of use / interest to other folk (and apologies if this has been done multiple times already!)

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Bear in mind that up until recently the way of ordering a Maruszczyk involved emailing them with some specs you wanted and getting something build, so there are a large amount of variations on a theme.

For instance, mine is an elwood, and if I had to pick one it would be closer to the Elwood L24 than the others, but it isn't necessarily one, it is just a chambered lightweight 24 fret elwood P/JJ

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Just spent the past hour noodling on a short scale Elwood. What a great wee bass - only thing I didn't like was it got a bit farty down the low end if you didn't play really lightly. To others with short scale Maruszczyks - do you find this or could it be the specific strings that were on it?

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Think this bass has some Daddario Stainless Steels on it so it could just be the tension of those is quite low. Apart from that I can't fault it. Great variety of tones and makes you feel like a wizard 🧙‍♂️ 

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On 04/07/2019 at 21:46, CameronJ said:

Played a Jake L4pj today at The Bass Gallery. Finished in a rich metallic ocean green colour with a white guard - more green than “ocean turquoise” but certainly in that ballpark colour-wise

Frankly, I was blown away by the playability and the SOUND. My god. Lots of output, proper barky Precision tone with the P pup solo’d and was able to blend the J in to taste with the passive V/V/T wiring. And - very importantly for me - a tone pot which was useable across the entire sweep of the knob. To top it all off it weighed next to nothing too as it’s a chambered construction. Sub - 8lbs! It felt like it had rolled fingerboard edges too. Hardware/pickups seemed to be of the standard Maruszczyk variety and all looked and felt top notch.

Suffice to say if the shop wasn’t closing I could have sat with it for a good while longer...at under a grand I had to give my wallet a serious pep talk.

I may well be about to take delivery of this very bass!  

I believe it has had an owner since you tried it but I'm confident it's the same one.  ;)

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Here's my two Jakes. A P/J V and a P/MM V. Both chambered and weighing in at around 7lbs each. The only fault I can find is that I'm not a massive fan of the look of the Delano pickups big poles on the red P/MM, but otherwise they are probably amongst the best basses (especially the sunburst one. That one just edges in front of the red one) that I have ever played (the light weight does help a lot too).

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Here's mine-  just can't wait until I've raised the funds for it! - Lefty of course!

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2 minutes ago, rasher80 said:

Here's mine-  just can't wait until I've raised the funds for it! - Lefty of course!

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If they're the stock Maurszczyk pickups, you're in for a treat.

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Just now, wateroftyne said:

If they're the stock Maurszczyk pickups, you're in for a treat.

I was tempted by the Haeussels - is there much in the difference? I couldn't pick much between them from your YT clips (but my ears are knackered!)

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2 minutes ago, rasher80 said:

I was tempted by the Haeussels - is there much in the difference? I couldn't pick much between them from your YT clips (but my ears are knackered!)

Both great pickups. IME, the Haeussel P was a little more polite.

The bridge pickup in my Sunburst (with the Haeussels) was a split-coil J, which sounded 'traditional PJ'.

The Maruszczyk fat humbucker is a different beast entirely.. a high output punch monster.

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37 minutes ago, wateroftyne said:

 

Both great pickups. IME, the Haeussel P was a little more polite.

The bridge pickup in my Sunburst (with the Haeussels) was a split-coil J, which sounded 'traditional PJ'.

The Maruszczyk fat humbucker is a different beast entirely.. a high output punch monster.

That is really interesting actually as it doesn't make it clear that the Haeussel is a split-coil J.

The humbucker is what I want - that'll be in your Valley Green Jake if I'm not mistaken

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Reckon if I was ever going to place an order it would look something like this - 32" 5 string coming in at £1,700 😅 

I have played a short scale Elwood and it felt great but was just a bit too small, reckon the 32" is perfect. Wish I had got in on the Maruszczyk action when they were more affordable! 

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1 hour ago, BassApprentice said:

Reckon if I was ever going to place an order it would look something like this - 32" 5 string coming in at £1,700 😅 

I have played a short scale Elwood and it felt great but was just a bit too small, reckon the 32" is perfect. Wish I had got in on the Maruszczyk action when they were more affordable! 

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Man that configurator is a dangerous thing.

My 2 Elwoods are both 33" scale (41mm nut) and the difference that inch makes, given my hand size, is remarkable, everything just falls to my fingers so naturally, especially the fretless.

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On 03/09/2019 at 19:54, Woodinblack said:

Bear in mind that up until recently the way of ordering a Maruszczyk involved emailing them with some specs you wanted and getting something build, so there are a large amount of variations on a theme.

For instance, mine is an elwood, and if I had to pick one it would be closer to the Elwood L24 than the others, but it isn't necessarily one, it is just a chambered lightweight 24 fret elwood P/JJ

Yeah, it's worth remembering that they do things that aren't on the configurator. Mine was configurated as a start and then had a couple of extra things to make it perfect.

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1 minute ago, adamg67 said:

Yeah, it's worth remembering that they do things that aren't on the configurator. Mine was configurated as a start and then had a couple of extra things to make it perfect.

Yep - I specified the neck profile and a non-raked headstock w/string tree for mine.

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37 minutes ago, wateroftyne said:

Yep - I specified the neck profile and a non-raked headstock w/string tree for mine.

I specified the neck profile and got non-raked thrown in for free (but without string tree)!

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On 15/01/2020 at 14:36, BassApprentice said:

Reckon if I was ever going to place an order it would look something like this - 32" 5 string coming in at £1,700 😅 

I have played a short scale Elwood and it felt great but was just a bit too small, reckon the 32" is perfect. Wish I had got in on the Maruszczyk action when they were more affordable! 

There's a four-string 32" Jake on eBay, £850:  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Maruszczyk-Instruments-Jake-4p-32-Scale-Bass-w-Soft-Case/174158837257

 

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I fancied a bit of a change scratchplate wise and rather than splash out £40 or so on a custom p/g, I thought I'd give 'making' one myself by placing a thin tort one behind the existing clear one. I'm very pleased with the result and it only cost me £12.50. 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XPP9ZJ3/ref=pe_3187911_189395841_TE_3p_dp_1 

 

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It's sticky backed so could also fit over the top of an opaque one.

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