Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

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Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

Post by benhill1982 » 21 Jul 2018, 18:15

Hi - anyone tried/own one of these? They look pretty nice on the spec sheet, interested how they go in the flesh.
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Re: Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

Post by Heath » 22 Jul 2018, 11:40

Tried a 4 and 5 in store the other day, extremely impressed, so much so I've sold my yamaha to buy a 5er, quite light, very well balanced, the combination of the 3 band eq with passive tone control is very flexible, the neck shape it quite similar to my warwick Corvette 5er, large D but not as thick
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Re: Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

Post by stonecoldbass » 22 Jul 2018, 11:53

They play and sound great! Ergonomic and broad tonal spectrum.
There's a bunch of info in here:
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Re: Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

Post by Classic5 » 22 Jul 2018, 20:37

That fretless at the start of the video sounds awesome.

I noticed that Bass Centre have a blackwood 4 sting for $2,500. That's pretty reasonable for a neck through of this quality.

https://www.basscentre.com.au/collectio ... kwood-llb4
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Re: Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

Post by benhill1982 » 22 Jul 2018, 20:42

Yeah - saw that, definitely got me thinking...
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Re: Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

Post by Heath » 24 Jul 2018, 09:18

Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to the long lady number 16
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Re: Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

Post by benhill1982 » 24 Jul 2018, 10:19

Very nice - any chance of a short sound demo?
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Re: Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

Post by Rickles » 24 Jul 2018, 12:56

Ooooooweee :drool: This gives me gas. :help

So what's the deal? What strings does it come with? What's the radius? 18v I assume. There doesn't seem to be much information of the specs, prices, different models etc. Lots of talk on various options but nothing really specific. Early days I guess. Would the shape restrict options for a hard case? There looks to be some excess room at the head of the bass with the gig bag. Starting to ramble now.

I've only found three places selling these at the moment, and all seem to be discounting the rrp quite considerably. Is this just temporary, like a pre-order thing?
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Re: Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

Post by Heath » 24 Jul 2018, 13:39

Rickles wrote:
24 Jul 2018, 12:56
Ooooooweee :drool: This gives me gas. :help

So what's the deal? What strings does it come with? What's the radius? 18v I assume. There doesn't seem to be much information of the specs, prices, different models etc. Lots of talk on various options but nothing really specific. Early days I guess. Would the shape restrict options for a hard case? There looks to be some excess room at the head of the bass with the gig bag. Starting to ramble now.

I've only found three places selling these at the moment, and all seem to be discounting the rrp quite considerably. Is this just temporary, like a pre-order thing?
From what I can tell, d'addario nyxl's, neck shape is very similar to my warwick Corvette 5 just a bit smaller, Aguilar opb-3 18v system with active/passive switching and mid frequency switch, the passive control works in active mode too, bunya body, blackwood top, Queensland maple neck through, river sheoak fingerboard, quite small frets, Grover tuners, string through body and bridges, the finish is extraordinarily thin, there is a different top wood with stained color bursts available too, the first run are being discounted quite handsomely just to help get the out there, first shipment was only of 100, the 5er retails for 3300, the gator gigbag it comes with is pretty damm good.

I'm gonna put a set of my super light daddarios on it give it a setup to my liking and I'll do some recording with it
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Re: Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

Post by Classic5 » 24 Jul 2018, 14:25

That looks terrific Heath. A lot of thought has gone into designing this bass which seems to have all the right features. The only thing I'm unsure about is that ultra thin looking finish. The rest however, no complaints at all and very sweet indeed....in all respects :thumbup:

By the way, my old Maton MGB4 is also #16.
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Re: Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

Post by bigswifty » 24 Jul 2018, 14:36

Dammit, that looks fantastic, gah hehehe. What's the truss rod adjustment? In the photo it looks like an allen key?
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Re: Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

Post by Heath » 24 Jul 2018, 14:47

5mm Allen key...
Just weighed it.
3.6kg
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Re: Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

Post by drbass » 24 Jul 2018, 15:04

Looks great!
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Re: Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

Post by Rickles » 24 Jul 2018, 15:22

The Cole Clark website's been updated so I thought I'd put the specs in here.

4 string bass by Neil Kennedy.
Product Specifications

Nut width: 40mm
String spacing at bridge: 19mm
Fingerboard radius: 305mm (12 inch)
Scale length: 34”
Number of frets: 24
Neck : 3 piece Queensland Maple with carbon fibre and 2 way truss rod
Fingerboard Wood: River sheoak (ebony optional)
Body wood: Bunya pine with a cap wood of Blackwood, Californian redwood or Queensland Maple silkwood.
Colours: Clear, translucent red, blue or green.
Tuners: Grover
Bridge: Gotoh
Knobs: Domed Knurled
Pickups: Aguilar Super Double duel coil humbucker
EQ: Aguilar OBP3 18 volt – The OBP-3 is Aguilar’s most flexible on-board preamp design, providing +/-18dB of cut and boost at 40Hz, +/- 16dB of cut and boost at either 400Hz or 800Hz and +/- 16dB of treble cut and boost at 6.5 kHz.

Controls:
Volume with push pull active passive switch
Pickup blend control
Passive tone control (always in circuit)
Treble control
Middle control with push pull switch to change the centre frequency
Bass control
Strings: Elixir


5 string bass by Neil Kennedy.
Product Specifications are the same as the four stringer except for:

Nut width: 45mm
String spacing at bridge: 18mm
Scale length: 35”
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Re: Cole Clark Basses - any experience?

Post by jezzamac » 24 Jul 2018, 17:04

I mucked around with the 4 string in the shop on the weekend. It looks better in the flesh and is very versatile and easy to play. If I had the cash ...
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