LOWENHERZ 5 string Custom bass Majesty Clarke
Each Lowenherz bass is custom made in Germany with very special features. For the first time in history an electric bass is factory-built with six pickups! This enables the player to dial in classic sounds as well as to create totally new ones – a Lowenherz bass conquers new ground!
To add an organic touch to the Lowenherz bass appearance we incorporated natural motifs into the total concept. The upper horn resembles an ocean wave, the lower horn refers to the underside of a lobster´s claw. The position markers are mother-of-pearl diamond inlays. To connect to the legend of King Lionheart, the volume pot is always a big cross-ringo by Q-Parts. The pot knobs assembly again follows a natural pattern: which star sign is shown here?
Each Lowenherz bass sports a through-neck laminated of five stripes of Bubinga and six stripes of Flamed Maple. Combined with the opulent bass body this construction allows for a super-fast attack and an extremely rich spectrum of both highs and harmonics. The body center is made of either mahogany or swamp ash according to the customer´s choice.
A handmade brass Lionhead weighing 330 grams is responsible for the incredible sustain this bass can deliver. Also, because of this prominent feature, a Lowenherz bass is instantly recognizable among thousands of other basses! As you see, the Loewenherz bass is a complete concept shaped by the vision of great tonal diversity and the choice of the right materials.
Each Lowenherz bass has no less than six handmade Lowenherz-pickups from the laboratory of Christoph Dolf/Bassculture. Six stacked single-coils (humbucker) are housed in fine hardwood covers. In this way, the noise of fingers occasionally touching the polepieces is avoided. A nice side effect is caused by the pickups' surface: it creates a ramp similar to that of fretless player Gary Willis. In case you don´t want to use the ramp, just lower the pick ups.
To create a sound, first listen to the tone of the various pickups. Each pickup can be switched on and off separately. You will find out that each pickup has already a great unique sound on its own. Pickups 1 and 2, located at the bridge, sound biting and direct, the middle pickups 3 and 4 have a stingy and biting tone. The neck pickups 5 and 6 deliver strong bass frequencies. You can play the Lowenherz in passive mode by pulling the volume pot, which is deliberately placed at the end of the body in order to be touched by accident during play.
Here are a few suggestions for the use of the pickups:
Pickup1 - SOLO
Chords and single notes are brought out best by the first coil placed at the bridge. The sound is not very bassy, but extremely mid-pronounced and has a stinging character. The tone in this position is very clear and has great definiton.
To effectively influence the sound, Loewenherz basses are factory-equipped with a parametric 3band by Noll Electronics. Pictured is the starting position where all threaded screws face the player.
All of the described sound settings can be heavily changed by the 3band parametrics. You can boost or decrease the following frequency bands:
Bass +/- 15 dB 40 bis 160 Hz
Mid +/- 15 dB 350 bis 1,25 kHz
High +/- 15 dB 1,8 bis 7,8 kHz A parametric 3 band EQ is quite different from a graphic EQ as the desired frequency band can be selected separately. The pots in the upper row change the high-, mid-, and bass frequency ranges by 15 db, respectively. The pots in the lower row are for the three frequency bands – the sound variations are endless! Truss rod Löwenherz basses are always shipped with an extremely low action. To be able to change the action quickly and conveniently, access to the truss rod has been left open. No lid and tiny screws to loose and to worry about. A veneer of the body wood is used on the headstock – at no extra charge!